Pakistan elections

Shaheen

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May 2011
2,529
Sweden
#31
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?
(1) The parties most likely to join the coalition as it stands are PML (Q) - a breakaway segment of the PML and semi rural and conservative in nature -, Balochistan Awami Party - a federalist party dominated by the tribal elders of Balochistan -, and MQM Pakistan (a break away segment of the original MQM and more urban and secular).

(2) The original MQM under Altaf Hussain has broken down, with break away segments forming amongst other the MQM Pakistan. Violence in Karachi as well as in Pakistan in general has actually declined markedly in recent years. It will take a long time before negative perceptions abroad change of course but statistics show a strong decline in violent attacks. The projected deaths in 2018 due to violence will be the lowest since 2006. There is still a long way to go but the general trajectory is upwards.

Fatalities in Terrorist Violence in Pakistan 2000-2018| Terrorist Violence in Pakistan| Violence in Pakistan

Quite an era - Imran, Kapil Dev, Botham and Hadlee around at the same time.
Navjor Singh Siduhu, former Indian cricketer has announced he is attending Khan's swearing in ceremony. Might get some more former cricketers showing up as well.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/navjot-sidhu-imran-khan-swearing-in-ceremony-modi-5287590/
 

kandal

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Aug 2015
2,647
USA
#33
NY Times has recently noted the following:

Imran Khan is the anointed one by the Pakistani military. In the months leading up to the election, army and intelligence officers pressured, threatened and blackmailed politicians from rival parties, steadily thinning out Khan's competition.

Khan is a fierce critic of USA. USA has accused Pakistan of lying about the Taliban, al-Qaida and other militants embedded in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Trump has stated about Pakistan that "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan. ---- They have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools".

Pakistan has become dangerously indebted to China financially. China has extended it billions to build roads and other infrastructure, which at the current rate will be impossible to repay. At the same time USA has cut hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid.
 
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rvsakhadeo

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Sep 2012
8,958
India
#35
NY Times has recently noted the following:

Imran Khan is the anointed one by the Pakistani military. In the months leading up to the election, army and intelligence officers pressured, threatened and blackmailed politicians from rival parties, steadily thinning out Khan's competition.

Khan is a fierce critic of USA. USA has accused Pakistan of lying about the Taliban, al-Qaida and other militants embedded in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Trump has stated about Pakistan that "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan. ---- They have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools".

Pakistan has become dangerously indebted to China financially. China has extended it billions to build roads and other infrastructure, which at the current rate will be impossible to repay. At the same time USA has cut hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid.
NY Times is right! All that we Indians can hope, in the interest of peace is that the Pakistan Army will let Imran Khan run the country and allow him to take peace initiatives regarding India.