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Surge in Pakistan violence raises fears for elections

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A surge of violence in northwest Pakistan culminating in the assassination of a senior provincial minister has raised fears of a renewed Taliban campaign that could threaten national elections, analysts say. 

Pakistani politicians and supporters cover with a national flag the coffin of Bashir Bilour, the late number two to the chief minister of the province, at the start of his funeral ceremony in Peshawar, on December 23, 2012. A surge of violence in northwest Pakistan culminating in the assassination of Bilour has raised fears of a renewed Taliban campaign that could threaten national elections.

The province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the adjacent Federally-Administered Tribal Areas, which border Afghanistan, are on the frontline of the country's battle against Islamist militancy and are no strangers to violence.

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