KARACHI, May 11,2013 (AMAR GURIRO / UPI Next) — A threatening pamphlet issued by religious extremists in southeastern Pakistan warning locals to refrain from electing women or “infidels” — especially Hindus — has increased fears of violence in the days leading up to Saturday’s elections.
The pamphlet, issued by extremists in the Thar Desert in Sindh province, asked women voters not to vote. A few days ago, the Islamist party Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had distributed similar fliers in Karachi, written in Urdu, instructing people to stay away from polls.
The Thar Desert straddles the border with India and is under a spotlight because of coal reserves, which China is helping Pakistan to mine.
The pamphlet, circulated by the local Madrassa Darul Quran Wal Hadees seminary, asked Muslims to remember that Pakistan was established as a Muslim state.