Pakistani vendors in Lahore fix posters of candidates taking part in the upcoming May parliamentary elections. Pakistani officials have provoked both laughter and criticism in recent days as they vetted potential candidates in the country's upcoming national elections with questions that veered between the controversial and the bizarre.
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Mussarat Shaheen, Pakistan's dancer-actress turned politician, addresses her supporters in Islamabad in 2000. Better known for provocative moves than her piety, she recently rattled off a series of verses from the Quran when quizzed by an official.
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Pakistanis in Quetta protest against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on March 24, the day Musharraf returned home after more than four years in exile. But his attempt to stand in upcoming elections is facing multiple legal challenges.
Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 11:05 am
The culling of candidates in the run-up to Pakistan's May 11 election is providing the country some badly needed levity.
The "Pakistani Inquisition," as it's been dubbed, has election commission officials grilling office-seekers on their Islamic bona fides.
Many have stumbled badly, only to be disqualified.
But not Mussarat Shaheen, who performed impeccably. The former dancer — fabled for her Pushto films — was asked by an official in the city of Dera Ismail Khan to recite a verse of the Holy Quran, to test her mettle as a candidate for the National Assembly.
Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 11:24 am
An audio recording has surfaced of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and some of his campaign aides seeming to discuss whether they would use actress Ashley Judd's past bouts with depression against her if she challenged McConnell in 2014.
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