Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Pakistan Set For Historic Election Amid Charges Of Army Meddling

Pakistan Set For Historic Election Amid Charges Of Army Meddling

An election candidate and his driver were killed by a suicide bomb attack in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, police said, three days before the country's general election.

Almost 106 million Pakistanis, including more than 19 million new voters, will be eligible to cast their ballots on Wednesday.

The enormous mobilisation will include troops placed inside and outside polling stations. That attack was the second deadliest in Pakistan's history.

As the early voters queue up outside polling stations, the question on everyone's mind will be whether Mr Khan will be the next prime minister.

The PML-N President defended his elder brother and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying he came back to Pakistan leaving his ailing wife in London.

Almost half a million police personnel will be deployed to protect polling stations and to ensure votes can cast their ballots freely and safely.

The counting will be done on the spot and results will be announced within 24 hours after the polling.

Mr Gandapur had been informed about serious threats to his life and been provided with 11 policemen, but he did not inform the police about his political meeting on Sunday, Afridi said.

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Hanif Abbasi, seen as a strong candidate for PML-N in Wednesday's poll, was sentenced in a rare late-night session Saturday.

Despite a massive electoral exercise, there is a big question if the election would bring much needed political and economic stability in the country.

Nawaz Sharif no doubt did an acclaimed job establishing the military jails and making an NAP ( National Action Plan) in an effort to wipe out the terrorism from Pakistan and especially from terror-cum-panic-stricken cities.

"The bottom line is that experiment 2018 will fail just like all previous experiments", he said, referring to the uneasy relations between the elected government and the military establishment in the past.

While all parties have their respective election manifestos, the election rallies have been more inclined towards counter-accusations and abuses, aimed at ridiculing the opposition parties for being "corrupt and dishonest" with the people of the country.

Khan, however, is sceptical about governing with the established parties if a coalition has to be formed.

In his place as candidate for the centre-right Pakistan Muslim League is his brother Shahbaz Sharif.

He also said whosoever comes to power it should be a strong government.

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