Military fans out across Pakistan ahead of election

24 July, 2018, 23:54 | Author: Donnie King
  • Imran Khan has deliberately ignored the Indian media during his campaign rallies

Several PML-N candidates also say they have been coerced to switch to the PTI, and almost 17,000 party members are facing criminal cases over breaking unspecified election rules.

Khan has denied the claims and decried the venality of Pakistan's political elite, promising to build an "Islamic welfare state" if his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party forms the next government.

Voting for those two seats would take place at a later date.

Lahore police has also introduced a smart app for monitoring and promoting General Election 2018.

"I will learn from Brother Mahathir Mohamad and Brother Erdogan and apply their secrets of development to Pakistan", Shehbaz told an election rally yesterday in Sargodha, Punjab, where he served as the chief minister.

For the first time in 2013, a civilian government in Pakistan completed its five-year term.

The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said there were "ample grounds to doubt" the legitimacy of the elections and criticised the "blatant, aggressive and unabashed attempts to manipulate the outcome of the upcoming elections".

Has Imran Khan's time come?

In all, 85,307 polling stations have been set up across the country.

The PTI has accused India of supporting Nawaz Sharif and called it the main conspirator of the'international agenda against Pakistan
The PTI has accused India of supporting Nawaz Sharif and called it the main conspirator of the'international agenda against Pakistan

This election is the closest he's ever got to being prime minister.

Who are the main candidates?

Hanif Abbasi, seen as a strong candidate for PML-N in Wednesday's poll, was sentenced in a rare late-night session Saturday. He was disqualified from office previous year by the Supreme Court after the Panama Papers leak revealed his family's ownership of several luxury flats in London.

However, the PML-N could reap a sympathy vote after Nawaz Sharif returned to be arrested on July 13 along with his daughter Maryam, leaving his cancer-stricken wife in a London hospital. Their appeal hearings will not be held until after the vote.

It also postponed the balloting for the National Assembly seat from the garrison city of Rawalpindi, where a candidate from former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's party was disqualified after being convicted of substance abuse.

But Imran Khan and his PTI have been rising in the polls.

"After the election, we will fight", said PML-N supporter Aftab Anjum, 67.

The prime minister-designate of Pakistan's Muslim League party pledges to emulate Mahathir in developing Pakistan.

A third candidate, Bilawal Bhutto Zadari, from the Pakistan People's Party, could be the kingmaker.



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