Pakistan elections

kandal

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Aug 2015
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#21
Imran looks a bit Jewish or Arab. He reminds me of Jamin Raskin or Muammar Gaddafi.

Also, Jemima remained a Muslim after her divorce from Imran, correct? After all, many Muslims unfortunately believe that apostasy should be punishable by death! :(
Jemina hasn't stated her religion since the divorce. She did drop the Khan name though. The children are being raised as Muslims.

Muslims when they leave Islam do so quietly most of the time. It also helps to keep the head over the neck, as you said - lol. Usually it is some weakness in one that makes a religion like Islam attractive to one, including falling for the charms of a Muslim.
 

Shaheen

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May 2011
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#22
Did she convert to Islam when she married him?

Also, to clarify--Imran Khan is a Pashtun, correct?

BTW, he looks pretty handsome for a 66-year-old man.
Imran looks a bit Jewish or Arab. He reminds me of Jamin Raskin or Muammar Gaddafi.
Imran hails from Mianwali district, which along with neighboring regions such as the Hazara region forms the transition zone between Punjabis and Pashtuns. The people here usually maintain their distinct ethnic identity, which in Imran's case is Pashtun of the Niazi tribe, but culturally they are rather mixed. Imran for example only has rudimentary knowledge of Pashto, with Urdu being his preferred language. This can also be explained by the fact that he grew up in Lahore which is the capital of Punjab province.

As for his Jewish or Arab look, this is a rather common look for western Pakistanis who live in the provinces around Afghanistan, Tajikistan. Generally the rule in Pakistan is the further south and east you go, the darker and more "South Asian" looking the people become. Inversely the further north and west you go, the more "Middle Eastern" looking the people become. Overlaps exist but this is the general rule.
 
Nov 2014
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#23
what are the latest developments Shaheen? has Khan formed a coalition, have there been backlashes regarding the imprisonments (have the constituencies of the imprisoned rioted and caused social unrest)?
 

Shaheen

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May 2011
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#24
what are the latest developments Shaheen? has Khan formed a coalition, have there been backlashes regarding the imprisonments (have the constituencies of the imprisoned rioted and caused social unrest)?
Right now the new government has not officially been unveiled. Khan will probably take the oath of PM somewhere between 10th-15th of August by the looks of it.

The reason for the delay is the ongoing fight to form a provincial government in Punjab province (the largest province in Pakistan). PML won more seats in the Punjab Assembly but without a majority. PTI meanwhile seems to have swayed the smaller parties and independent candidates towards itself and looks set to form a coaltion. This will be a huge blow for the PML as it has dominated Punjab province in recent times.

As for violence, there is very little of it. Despite crying out about "rigging" (any Pakistani political party which loses an election blames rigging), the opposition parties seem to have come to terms with the result.
 

rvsakhadeo

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Sep 2012
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#25
@Shaheen
In your earlier post, you likened the Gandhi- Nehru family to the Zardari and Sharif families. The fact is that Jawaharlal Nehru, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Mr.Rajiv Gandhi were above board people, although Mrs.Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had been targets of some mudslinging when they were active in politics; all the three people were honest and patriotic. Can you say the same thing about Zardari and Sharif families?
 
Nov 2014
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Birmingham, UK
#26
@Shaheen
In your earlier post, you likened the Gandhi- Nehru family to the Zardari and Sharif families. The fact is that Jawaharlal Nehru, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Mr.Rajiv Gandhi were above board people, although Mrs.Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had been targets of some mudslinging when they were active in politics; all the three people were honest and patriotic. Can you say the same thing about Zardari and Sharif families?
I'd say that's a fair comment, although I assumed Shaeen's comparison between them tended more towards the dynastic dimension of the families- I would be surprised if he was implying that the Gandhi-Nehrus were quite as corrupt as the Zardaris and Sharifs. that's a world championship event in which only a select few qualify to enter.
 
Nov 2014
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Birmingham, UK
#27
(1) The reason for the delay is the ongoing fight to form a provincial government in Punjab province (the largest province in Pakistan). PML won more seats in the Punjab Assembly but without a majority. PTI meanwhile seems to have swayed the smaller parties and independent candidates towards itself and looks set to form a coaltion. This will be a huge blow for the PML as it has dominated Punjab province in recent times.

(2) As for violence, there is very little of it. Despite crying out about "rigging" (any Pakistani political party which loses an election blames rigging), the opposition parties seem to have come to terms with the result.
thanks again. RE (1): if I may ask, which smaller parties may for the coalition in Punjab, and what are their affiliations (quasi-socialist/Islamist etc)?

(2) wow, really? not even in Karachi? where do MQM sit in all this, by the way, do they still have a powerful voice in Karachi?
 

Shaheen

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May 2011
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#29
@Shaheen
In your earlier post, you likened the Gandhi- Nehru family to the Zardari and Sharif families. The fact is that Jawaharlal Nehru, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Mr.Rajiv Gandhi were above board people, although Mrs.Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had been targets of some mudslinging when they were active in politics; all the three people were honest and patriotic. Can you say the same thing about Zardari and Sharif families?
As Arminius states my comparison was on the dynastic nature of these politicians. I don't know enough on the Indian politicians to have an opinion on them so I'll take your word for it.
 

Devdas

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Apr 2015
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#30
thanks again. RE (1): if I may ask, which smaller parties may for the coalition in Punjab, and what are their affiliations (quasi-socialist/Islamist etc)?

(2) wow, really? not even in Karachi? where do MQM sit in all this, by the way, do they still have a powerful voice in Karachi?
Ethnic tensions run high in Karachi, MQM will always be relevant there.
 

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