Voting begins in crucial Pakistan election amid fears of violence, rigging

Pakistanis voted Monday for a new parliament in an election seen as a major step toward democracy but shadowed by fears of violence and questions about the political survival of President Pervez Musharraf. Polls opened nationwide at 8 a.m. (0300 GMT), amid tight security after a wave of suicide bombings, and were due to close at 5 p.m.(1200 GMT). The country's 81 million eligible voters also were choosing legislatures in Pakistan's four provinces.