Islamabad, Sep 6: Pakistan Presidential election have begun in both the national and provincial assemblies on Saturday, Sep 6. The winner is expected to be Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. The next President will have to tackle an Islamist insurgency and an economic crisis which are threatening the country's stability. The elections are to replace Pervez Musharraf, who resigned on Aug 18 under threat of impeachment by the coalition government led by the party of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Pakistan's ruling PPP chief Asif Ali Zardari appears set to sweep the Presidential poll and would be expected to tackle problems like rising militancy and economic malaise after his election. Security will be tight as voting begins at 10 am on Saturday. Zardari has already moved house due to fears of attempts being made on his life.