Your primer to an issue in the news What? Pakistan has delayed a decision about whether to postpone its planned January 8 elections. Why? Because of the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto last week. Her murder was followed by widespread riots and turmoil which has caused colossal damage. How? Damage to the railway alone amounts to about US$200 million, with trains and signals destroyed. And at least 10 local election offices were burnt down during the riots. Who? Who will take over from Bhutto as leader of the Pakistani People's Party (PPP)? It is being led by her widower - Asif Ali Zardari - and their 19-year-old son, Bilawal. When? When will the elections be held? The ruling party wants the elections to be delayed several weeks, on the grounds that the vote would lose credibility under the current conditions. But the PPP wants the elections held next week as planned. If the elections do go ahead, it is not clear who will stand as Bilawal is too young to stand for parliament. He is still a student. Where? At Oxford University - he is studying history.