Pakistan, election 2008

The 2008 general elections in Pakistan were held against a backdrop of terror and fear. From October 18, 2007, till polling day, on February 18, 2008, there were at least 25 suicide attacks claiming hundreds of lives in the country. One of the killed was the famous political leader Benazir Bhutto, the daugther of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Bhutto had just returned to the country amid rumours that her party had struck a deal with General Pervez Musharraf and that this had been brokered and/or supported by world powers.
Benazir’s return paved the way for Nawaz Sharif as a political force. It unsettled the political equation in the region and led to a tumultuous election in which the PPP, later led by Zardari polled three million more votes compared with the past elections winning 95 general seats.
Asif Ali Zardari was elected president in September 2008.