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  • Gunmen abduct former Pakistan PM's son at election rally
    Gunmen kidnapped the son of Pakistan’s former prime minister, opening fire on an outdoor political meeting on the last day of campaigning for Saturday’s general election.
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    New Delhi.Police said they believed Yousuf Raza Gilani, forced from office a year ago, was the target of the attack on the outskirts of Multan, in Punjab province.
    Instead the armed men snatched his youngest son, Ali Haider Gilani, and killed one of his aides in a hail of bullets.
    The election campaign has been marked by a series of bloody attacks. Worst hit have been Karachi, the country’s biggest city, and the turbulent north-west.
    The Pakistan Taliban has picked out three of the most secular and liberal parties, warning that their supporters will be killed.
    They include the Pakistan People’s Party of Mr Gilani, although no-one has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
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    "People came on a motorbike. They also had a car with them and they opened fire and abducted Yousuf Raza Gilani's son Ali Haider in a black Honda," police officer Khurram Shakur told reporters.
    “We have closed the entry-exit points and launched a search.”
    Multan is the power base of the Gilani family. In a recent interview, Mr Gilani said he had spent one hour of every day as prime minister working out how to help his constituency.
    New roads and buildings are evidence of his efforts.
    This time around he has been barred from standing after being sacked and indicted by the Supreme Court last year for refusing to reopen corruption cases against the president.
    Instead, he has campaigned on behalf of his sons. Two are standing for the National Assembly while Ali Haider is running for the provincial assembly.
    His elder son Ali Musa spoke to reporters in tears after the abduction.
    “We want our brother back tonight. If we don’t get him, we will not allow elections to be held in our area,” he said.
    The PPP has been the dominant force in Pakistani politics for the past five years, emerging as the biggest party in elections held in 2008 soon after the assassination of its leader Benazir Bhutto.
    It is expected to lose seats this time around to its archrival – the PML-N of Nawaz Sharif.
    The party’s current leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Mrs Bhutto’s son, has kept a low profile for fear of exactly this sort of attack and is believed to be in Dubai.
    More than 100 people have been killed in political violence so far, clouding what will be a historic election and the first time one democratically elected government has handed power to another.

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