- The Guardian,
- Thursday February 14 2008
On the streets of Karachi there are few visible signs of campaigning, aside from banners announcing various constituency candidates. But many of those banners have been in place since the run-up to the January 8 elections, which were postponed following Benazir Bhutto's assassination, and the slogans on the Pakistan People's party banners - The Return of Benazir is the Return of Hope - now sound a note of doom.
It's easy to find the reason for the absence of the large-scale rallies that usually characterise campaigns: suicide bombings. It hasn't been just Benazir's rallies - first her homecoming rally on October 18, then the election rally on December 27 - that have been targeted. Over the past weekend, there was a suicide bombing at an Awami National party rally in the volatile North-West Frontier Province, killing 27.