All signs pointed towards violence ahead of elections in Pakistan, but little had been done to protect election candidates. On the contrary, many were stripped of protection.
Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for targeting an election rally in Peshawar city that killed a prominent politician Haroon Bilour and wounded 65 others.
Afghan defence ministry and US officials confirm Mullah Fazlullah, who was Pakistan's most wanted militant, is killed in a joint US-Afghan air strike.
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