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Former Pakistani PM urges restraint after son's abduction

Thursday, May 09, 2013 - 01:11

May 9 - Pakistan's former Prime Minister Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani urged restraint, telling his supporters to ''let the law take its own course'' after his son Hader's abduction. Deborah Gembara reports.

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It is an indication of just how violent things have become in Pakistan that the son of a former prime minister was kidnapped by gunmen. Yusuf Raza Gilani, the country's former prime minister called for restraint after his son Hader's abduction. He also says the incident should not deter people from voting. SOUNDBITE: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani saying (Urdu): "My message to the masses is that they should show patience. They should remain patient. Let the law take its own course. Election is a national obligation. They should go out to the polls thinking of it as a national obligation. But our protest is there." Since April, the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban have killed more than 100 people in attacks on candidates and at political rallies, particularly those of secular-leaning parties The polls, already Pakistan's most violent, will mark the first time a civilian government has completed a full term and handed over to another administration.

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Former Pakistani PM urges restraint after son's abduction

Thursday, May 09, 2013 - 01:11