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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
09 May 2013

Women walking towards the rally venue in Islamabad. 9th May was the final day of election campaigning in Pakistan before elections on 11th May.

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
09 May 2013

A women walks into the rally venue with her children in Islamabad. Thousands of people attended this vital and last rally of Imran Khan's PTI before elections on 11th May.

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
09 May 2013

A PTI supporter in a rally addressed by former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan in Islamabad.

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
09 May 2013

Thousands of people attended an election rally held by PTI in Islamabad. Imran Khan, the former cricketer and chairman of PTI addressed his followers via video link from his hospital bed.

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
09 May 2013

PTI supporters in Islamabad during an election rally as the deadline for election campaigns approached on Thursday night.

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
09 May 2013

Imran Khan's PTI party staged a huge election rally in Islamabad on Thursday night. PTI is a very popular political party in Pakistan among youngsters.

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
09 May 2013

Pakistani flags wave as people listen to speeches during a big election rally by PTI in Islamabad. The deadline of election campaigning ended on Thursday 12pm and all political parties held rallies across the country.

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
09 May 2013

Security personnel guards the entrance to the rally by PTI in Islamabad. Many of the various political parties across Pakistan have been attacked during May.

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 May 2013

Muneza Ahmed from Islamabad attended the PTI election rally in Islamabad on Thursday. She talks about reasons why she supports PTI.

"I think educated people and those who understand politics already know it’s not the same PPP, they have automatically been joining PTI. And God willing PTI will win because of this.

Imran Khan himself and PTI policies are very popular for women, until now. God willing if this continues he will be equally popular among men also.

God willing PTI will form a majority government…God willing."

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Imran Khan's Final Election Rally in ...
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
08 May 2013

Sumair Raza explains why he thinks Imran Khan can take Pakistan on the right track. He also talked about security threats on political parties in Pakistan recently.

"I don’t think there is a security threat and even if there is one, I think, being a PTI supporter, we love Imran Khan and we support Imran Khan for a new Pakistan. I’ll just say this, we have given our hearts to you and we will give our blood to you also my beloved motherland. Imran Khan get well soon, and come to build a new Pakistan. Long live Pakistan, long live Imran Khan."

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Election Fever in Pakistan (9 of 14)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
07 May 2013

Supporters of PMLN dance to party tunes outside a rally on late Tuesday night in Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi is considered to be a stronghold of PMLN.

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Election Fever in Pakistan (10 of 14)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
07 May 2013

PMLN rally supporters gather by the thousands for a rally in Rawalpindi to listen to Nawaz Sharif.

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Election Fever in Pakistan (13 of 14)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
07 May 2013

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Mian Nawaz Sharif arrives on stage at an election rally in Rawalpindi as part of his election campaign.

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Election Fever in Pakistan (14 of 14)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
07 May 2013

Nawaz Sharif, the chairman of PMLN, waves to the cheering crowd as he arrives to address an election rally in Rawalpindi.

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Transgender election candidate Lubna ...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna Lal talks to a man during her door to door and street campaign in Jhelum, Punjab. Its is the first time in history of Pakistan that transgenders are contesting elections.

46 years old Lubna Laal and Sidra roam around in streets of Jhelum, a city in North Punjab, distributing pamphlets and posters to housewives shopkeeper and common folk. The pamphlets contain Lubna Laal's election manifesto and her posters have a very beautiful and serious Lubna Laal posing as a politician. But its not an ordinary election campaign, Lubna Laal is a transgender and she is running for elections on a provincial assembly seat.

Lubna Laal's original name is Mujahid Kamran and she was born and raised in inner Jhelum city. She left house at an early age and did some schooling. Her main source of income like most transgenders in Pakistab was dancing in weddings and newborn baby celebrations. Now 46, Lubna has left dancing and now manages few other younger transgenders and lives with them in a small house in suburbs of Jhelum city.

Lubna Laal is very popular among housewives of inner Jhelum and equally loved by shopkeepers in bazaars of Jhelum. She says this popularity is because she's been working in these areas since a long time.

Lubna says the response to her campaign has been very positive and people have appreciated her hard work and passion. She aspires to become a provincial assembly member in the coming days. Her manifesto included program to educate transgender community and bring them in the mainstream.

Jhelum is a small city in north of densely populated Punjab province of Pakistan. It is home to very powerful and influential politicians who have no shortage of support and money.

Lubna Laal is very hopeful that she will give these politicians a tough time and that people of Jhelum will support her.

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Transgender election candidate Lubna ...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Sidra, an election campaign assistant to Lubna Laal tries to convince a woman to vote for Lubna in Jhelum, Punjab.

46 years old Lubna Laal and Sidra roam around in streets of Jhelum, a city in North Punjab, distributing pamphlets and posters to housewives shopkeeper and common folk. The pamphlets contain Lubna Laal's election manifesto and her posters have a very beautiful and serious Lubna Laal posing as a politician. But its not an ordinary election campaign, Lubna Laal is a transgender and she is running for elections on a provincial assembly seat.

Lubna Laal's original name is Mujahid Kamran and she was born and raised in inner Jhelum city. She left house at an early age and did some schooling. Her main source of income like most transgenders in Pakistab was dancing in weddings and newborn baby celebrations. Now 46, Lubna has left dancing and now manages few other younger transgenders and lives with them in a small house in suburbs of Jhelum city.

Lubna Laal is very popular among housewives of inner Jhelum and equally loved by shopkeepers in bazaars of Jhelum. She says this popularity is because she's been working in these areas since a long time.

Lubna says the response to her campaign has been very positive and people have appreciated her hard work and passion. She aspires to become a provincial assembly member in the coming days. Her manifesto included program to educate transgender community and bring them in the mainstream.

Jhelum is a small city in north of densely populated Punjab province of Pakistan. It is home to very powerful and influential politicians who have no shortage of support and money.

Lubna Laal is very hopeful that she will give these politicians a tough time and that people of Jhelum will support her.

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Transgender election candidate Lubna ...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Election campaign stickers on walls of a street in Jhelum, Punjab. Transgender Lubna Laal is contesting election against experienced politicians who have no shortage of funds or political backing.

46 years old Lubna Laal and Sidra roam around in streets of Jhelum, a city in North Punjab, distributing pamphlets and posters to housewives shopkeeper and common folk. The pamphlets contain Lubna Laal's election manifesto and her posters have a very beautiful and serious Lubna Laal posing as a politician. But its not an ordinary election campaign, Lubna Laal is a transgender and she is running for elections on a provincial assembly seat.

Lubna Laal's original name is Mujahid Kamran and she was born and raised in inner Jhelum city. She left house at an early age and did some schooling. Her main source of income like most transgenders in Pakistab was dancing in weddings and newborn baby celebrations. Now 46, Lubna has left dancing and now manages few other younger transgenders and lives with them in a small house in suburbs of Jhelum city.

Lubna Laal is very popular among housewives of inner Jhelum and equally loved by shopkeepers in bazaars of Jhelum. She says this popularity is because she's been working in these areas since a long time.

Lubna says the response to her campaign has been very positive and people have appreciated her hard work and passion. She aspires to become a provincial assembly member in the coming days. Her manifesto included program to educate transgender community and bring them in the mainstream.

Jhelum is a small city in north of densely populated Punjab province of Pakistan. It is home to very powerful and influential politicians who have no shortage of support and money.

Lubna Laal is very hopeful that she will give these politicians a tough time and that people of Jhelum will support her.

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Transgender election candidate Lubna ...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna Laal and her assistant distributes her election manifesto in streets of Jhelum.

46 years old Lubna Laal and Sidra roam around in streets of Jhelum, a city in North Punjab, distributing pamphlets and posters to housewives shopkeeper and common folk. The pamphlets contain Lubna Laal's election manifesto and her posters have a very beautiful and serious Lubna Laal posing as a politician. But its not an ordinary election campaign, Lubna Laal is a transgender and she is running for elections on a provincial assembly seat.

Lubna Laal's original name is Mujahid Kamran and she was born and raised in inner Jhelum city. She left house at an early age and did some schooling. Her main source of income like most transgenders in Pakistab was dancing in weddings and newborn baby celebrations. Now 46, Lubna has left dancing and now manages few other younger transgenders and lives with them in a small house in suburbs of Jhelum city.

Lubna Laal is very popular among housewives of inner Jhelum and equally loved by shopkeepers in bazaars of Jhelum. She says this popularity is because she's been working in these areas since a long time.

Lubna says the response to her campaign has been very positive and people have appreciated her hard work and passion. She aspires to become a provincial assembly member in the coming days. Her manifesto included program to educate transgender community and bring them in the mainstream.

Jhelum is a small city in north of densely populated Punjab province of Pakistan. It is home to very powerful and influential politicians who have no shortage of support and money.

Lubna Laal is very hopeful that she will give these politicians a tough time and that people of Jhelum will support her.

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Madam Lubna Laal - Transgender Electi...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
30 Apr 2013

Madam Lubna Laal
Transgender Election Candidate
Jhelum, Pakistan
People of Jhelum know me as Madam Lubna Laal.
Because my profession is dancing, visiting homes, dancing in functions and to get paid for this.
I am contesting elections from PP 26 and I’m hopeful that I‘ll be successful.
I was so happy on acceptance of my nomination papers. Everyone around was congratulating including media and lawyers, it made me so happy.
We did not have our Identity cards and society had a very narrow vision about us.
I am campaigning since last 15-20 days.
Response from people has been very good. Poor people like me, youth likes me, women like me and they are appreciating me that I’m taking part in elections.

Rubina Shahid
Housewife
Jhelum, Pakistan
They also should get a chance to take part in elections.
Like everybody else who contests in the election, transgender also have a right to do so.

Lubna:
We also will let people know that we are also human beings.
As you know before this, how people treated us in the society.
That image will be changed because of better educated transgenders.
20-30 years ago, the mentality of people was totally different.
The old perception of people is now changed because of educated people and because of educated candidates.

Mushtaq Ahmad
Shopkeeper, Pakistan
We know Madam Lubna very well she is our neighbor.
We are very happy that she is contesting in elections.
She is better than the people who were contesting before.
We are hopeful that if she succeeds, she’ll be good for us and she will work for us.
She is far much better than previous people.”

Lubna:
The main problem of Pakistan is electricity; this is the main issue we are facing.
We are in favor of eradicating corruption and non-payment of tax.
We are in favor of punishing tax offenders, stop corruption.
That’s how country`s economy will be on right way and our country will flourish.
Otherwise if this system continues by of taking turns of 5 years each. They have already taken four chances and people have lost confidence in them.

Muhammad Razzaq
Shopkeeper
Jhelum, Pakistam
“This is a good sign, everyone has his opinion, If she has taken decision to contest elections then its good. Everybody has the right to contest in elections. This is not a problem, This is a very good sign that they have felt this thing and they are contesting in elections we should support her.”

Lubna:
We have added everything in manifesto regarding transgenders, women, fuel shortage and also have talked about the poor infrastructure.
Also we have planned about the businessmen and we have pledged that justice will be at doorsteps of poor.
I appeal to people to make us successful and give us chance to your represent you in assemblies.

Transcription:

00:00:04:03 – 00:00:07:020
People of Jhelum know me as Madam Lubna Laal.

00:00:08:09 – 00:00:16:01
Because my profession is dancing, visiting homes, dancing in functions and to get paid for this.

00:00:16:13 – 00:00:24:06
I am contesting elections from PP 26 and I’m hopeful that I‘ll be successful.

00:00:24:17 – 00:00:35:22
I was so happy on acceptance of my nomination papers. Everyone around was congratulating including media and lawyers, it made me so happy.

00:00:36:06 – 00:00:40:10
We did not have our Identity cards and society had a very narrow vision about us.

00:00:40:18 – 00:00:43:29
I am campaigning since last 15-20 days.

00:00:44:06 – 00:00:55:24
Response from people has been very good. Poor people like me, youth likes me, women like me and they are appreciating me that I’m taking part in elections.

Rubina Shahid
Housewife
Jhelum, Pakistan

00:00:56:18 – 00:00:59:22
They also should get a chance to take part in elections.

00:00:59:22 – 00:01:02:17
Like everybody else who contests in the election, transgender also have a right to do so.

Lubna

00:01:03:14 – 00:01:09:03
We also will let people know that we are also human beings.

00:01:09:16 – 00:01:13:05
As you know before this, how people treated us in the society.

00:01:13:07 – 00:01:17:03
That image will be changed because of better educated transgenders.

00:01:17:10 – 00:01:28:03
20-30 years ago, the mentality of people was totally different. Now people in general and candidates think its goo that we are contesting.

Mushtaq Ahmad
Shopkeeper, Pakistan

00:01:29:15 – 00:01:32:09
We know Madam Lubna very well she is our neighbor.

00:01:32:10 – 00:01:35:21
We are very happy that she is contesting in elections.

00:01:36:05 – 00:01:39:17
We think she is better than the people who were contesting before.

00:01:39:19 – 00:01:47:17
We are hopeful that if she succeeds, she’ll listen to us, be good for us and she will work for us. She is far much better than previous people.”

Lubna:

00:01:48:03 – 00:01:54:07
The main problem of Pakistan is electricity; this is the main issue we are facing.

00:01:54:55 – 00:01:59:21
We are in favor of eradicating corruption and non-payment of tax.

00:02:02:10 – 00:02:07:14
We are in favor of punishing tax offenders, stop corruption.

00:02:08:01 – 00:02:08:12
Corruption should be eradicated. That’s how country`s economy will be on right way and our country will flourish.

00:02:08:14 – 00:02:29:23
Otherwise if this system continues by of taking turns of 5 years each. They have already taken four chances and people have lost confidence in them.

Muhammad Razzaq
Shopkeeper
Jhelum, Pakistam

00:02:30:03 – 00:02:35:09
“This is a good sign, everyone has his opinion, If she has taken decision to contest elections then its good.

00:02:35:11 – 00:02:44:23
Everybody has the right to contest in elections. This is not a problem, This is a very good sign that they have felt this thing and they are contesting in elections we should support her.”

Lubna:
00:02:44:18 – 00:02:54:24
We have added everything in manifesto regarding transgenders, women, fuel shortage and also have talked about the poor infrastructure.

00:02:55:02 – 00:03:05:06
Also we have planned about the businessmen and we have pledged that justice will be at doorsteps of poor.

00:03:05:14 – 00:03:12:15
I appeal to people to make us successful and give us chance to your represent you in assemblies.