Violence in Pakistan and a Presidential Run-off in Afghanistan

Friday, October 16, 2009

Violence is on the rise in Pakistan. Twelve days of attacks across the country have left well over 150 people dead, and there are no signs yet that security forces are going to be able to beat back the militants. A suicide car bombing targeted a police station in the city of Peshawar this morning. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool joins us from Islamabad, Pakistan. 

And directly next door, in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai has denied allegations of fraud in the recent presidential election and claimed he won a simple majority of votes. Now, according to Elisabeth Bumiller of The New York Times, the election results may turn out to show no single victor, meaning a run-off election could be announced shortly. She joins us with a look at the potential run-off and the political problem this would pose for the Obama Administration.

For more, read Elisabeth Bumiller's article, "Karzai Aide Says Afghan Runoff Vote Is Likely," in today's New York Times.

Guests:

Elisabeth Bumiller and Aleem Maqbool

Contributors:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [2]

BrooklynBob

The violence is in Pakistan; elections in Afghanistan. Focus your crazy,please

Oct. 16 2009 08:12 AM
MK Ultra

Violence in Afghanistan? NOOOOOO! How is that possible when the US is in charge of the show there and spreading democracy faster than it can kill wedding parties with drones.

Oct. 16 2009 07:54 AM

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