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In their bid to sabotage the historic May 11 polls, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other outlawed militant groups are likely to target the leaders of political parties, foreign election observers, polling staff and journalists. The militant groups are carrying out their plans with the backing of foreign countries.

Interior ministry officials had apprised the meeting that 52 visas had been issued to long-term election observers from the European Union (EU), 46 visas for short-term EU observers and 70 visas to members of the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

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