A suicide bomber crashed his car into a campaign rally today in the tribal areas of Pakistan, killing 37 and injuring 90. This attack comes just two days before the country is set to hold parliamentary elections, and was evidently conceived to deter voter turnout. Despite this sad event, the country is still in excited preparations for the elections.
Javed Iqbal Cheema, the retired brigadier and spokesman for the Interior Ministry said, “it’s the same people who have been carrying out attacks, whose purpose is to create confusion and chaos and stop the polling process.” The hope is that despite the attack, voters will still come to the polls. Preparations are well underway for Monday's vote. They were rescheduled following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December. To see some inspiring pictures of the pre-election excitement, read more.