Pakistani Politics

11-01-2019 17:01

Pakistan

Early results 26 July 2018 showed the victory of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the general elections. PTI chairman Imran Khan summoned his party leaders for consultations at his residence in Bani Gala to discuss and decide the strategies for forming a government. Khan to asked his party leaders to contact independent candidates from across the Punjab and enlist their support. The meeting formulated a strategy to counter opponent’s allegation that the elections were rigged. Gallup Pakistan estimated turnout at between 50 to 55 per cent in an electorate of nearly 106 million, similar to the previous contest in 2013.

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A number of extremist groups within Pakistan continue to target US citizens and other Western interests and Pakistani officials. Terrorists have demonstrated a willingness and capability to attacktargets where U.S. citizens are known to congregate or visit. Terrorist actions may include, but are not limited to, suicide operations, bombings — including vehicle-borne explosives and improvised explosive devices — assassinations, carjackings, assaults, and kidnappings. Pakistani military forces are currently engaged in a campaign against extremist elements across many areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province, formerly known as Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP). In response to this campaign, militants have increased attacks against both civilian and government targets in Pakistan’s cities and in late 2010 launched several coordinated attacks against Pakistani government and civilian targets, especially in Bajaur and Mohmand Agencies.

2014 set a record in Pakistan for extended protest.


For one-fourth of the year, the dharna was the top story for the media and the government was largely paralysed. The latter tried to meet the challenge with two arguments. First, it made considerable noise about the dharna being an unconstitutional/illegal step but this plea had effect neither on the public nor on the powerful people that everyone believed were behind the dharnas. The freedom to organise dharnas was upheld by the judiciary till it started reminding the administration of its duty to protect the people against infringement of their rights by agitators.

Secondly, the government accused the dharna organisers of causing huge losses to the state, especially by creating a situation that prevented the Chinese president from coming to Pakistan and scared other investors away, and by diverting the administration from its normal work. While one does not have a correct estimate of the economic losses to the state the adverse political fallout of dharnas was quite substantial.

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While the dharnas have made avoidance of electoral reform impossible the prospects for a positive change in the political culture have not brightened. The difficulty is that the 2014 agitation appears to have been a replica of the agitation of 1969-70. The movement of 1969-70 lost its way in populist adventures and if the system survives the storms of 2014 the people will have gained precious little.

People vote for change in the election of 2018 and Imran khan elected as a prime minister of Pakistan after the election and he is the only hope for the whole nation to make Pakistan a better country.

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