Tag Archives: Imran Khan

Political Uncertainty in Pakistan May Hinder IMF Financing Agreement, Warns Fitch Ratings

The growing evidence of the involvement of Pakistani military-led establishment in unprecedented rigging in the February 8 elections, which have clearly been won by the opposition Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf whose leader and former prime minister Imran Khan remains in jal, has put Pakistan on the slippery slope of unending cycle of political instability. Economists across the spectrum agree that Pakistan needs political stability, peace and major economic reforms to salvage its tanked economy, which as of now remains a distant possibility.

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Pakistan’s Majority Defies its Military Establishment

As the jockeying to form the next government heats up, analysts are calling the election a mandate against the military.

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Pakistan’s Rigged Elections May Bring Military-aligned Government

Five days following the general election in Pakistan, both the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have unveiled strategies to establish governmental control. The PTI is aligning with religious factions, while the PPP is forming a coalition with its rival, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN). The country could see a repeat performance of the PDM government that …

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Lead Diminishes for Imran Khan’s PTI Amid Vote Rigging Allegations

Pakistan’s military systematically disassembled Imran Khan’s PTI party, repeatedly arresting senior members and even targeting their children and party workers, with some facing trial in anti-terrorism courts. To maintain momentum, PTI has resorted to creative tactics, such as organizing large virtual political demonstrations and gatherings, even in the face of internet disruptions.

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Pakistan’s Punjab Province Delivers Stunning Electoral Rebuke

Now that the election stunner is in, the most frequently asked question remains the consequences of the changed parliamentary calculus in Punjab. The first casualty of this change will be the government of Mian Hamza Sharif, whose government in Punjab has lost its majority.

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Pakistan May be Headed to More ‘Neutrals’-instigated Turmoil

An elaborate strategy was finalized at a meeting of the top military brass to influence the July 17 Punjab bye-elections, prepare a favorable public opinion for General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extension in service, strengthen MQM in Karachi, rebuild the army's public image and intensify the crackdown on the dissenting journalists, social media producers and influencers. Analysts say if true and implemented, this strategy will prove to be dangerous, divisive, and destabilize Pakistan even more.

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Why Imran Khan’s Coup Theory is So Popular in Pakistan

An irate outgoing prime minister accuses the US of orchestrating his demise in government because he refused to play ball.

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A Bangladeshi Perspective: Pakistan Can’t Afford Anarchy

The architects of the judicial coup to depose Imran Khan had underestimated his popularity among the people – from urban to remotest rural areas of Pakistan. It made him more popular and acceptable than ever before and solidified his leadership for years to come, which at the same time cemented further the national unity and solidarity in Pakistan. The private citizen Imran Khan is more powerful and popular than the premier Imran Khan.

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What’s Next for Pakistan After Imran Khan’s Ouster?

Like his brother Nawaz Sharif, who has been convicted of corruption and is banned from public office, Shahbaz has faced allegations of cronyism and corruption. But this is not unusual in Pakistani politics, where opposition leaders tend to face such charges.

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Pakistan: Countering the Doomsday Scenario

Certainly Imran Khan has made mistakes;  but he happens to be our only hope for the future.  Will the good of Pakistan and the Armed Forces be served with the likes of Nawaz and/or Zardari or their proxies in power? If the answer to this question is yes from those who hold the interests of Pakistan dear to their heart, then only God can help us.

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