Candidates in Pakistan have to face far more than an abusive press or tough questions. They must brave Islamist terror. And they do:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 16 — Few people understand the hardships entailed in Pakistani politics better than Israr Shah.
Shah, a candidate in Monday’s national elections, was at a rally here in the Pakistani capital in July when a massive bomb exploded, killing 19 people and injuring 90. The blast took off Shah’s legs. But it did not kill his desire to be part of the political process.
For the past six months, he has gone door-to-door in a wheelchair, delivered fiery speeches at political rallies and even held a baby or two at a mall. “My life is now a protest. I want to be a role model for the people,” he said in an interview this past week. “If I don’t do this, how can I say anything about the future of Pakistan?”
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