UPDATE – ALTAF HUSSEIN, FORMER LEADER OF THE MQM MOVEMENT, WAS ARRESTED TODAY IN LONDON BY NEW SCOTLAND YARD ..
IMRAN KHAN PTI CHAIRMAN HAS BEEN SWORN IN AS THE 22ND PM OF PAKISTAN ..
PTI WILL NEED 137 SEATS .. WITH 42% OF VOTE COUNTED THE FORMER CRICKETER’S PARTY HAS 113 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SEATS . SHABAZ SHARIF’S PML-N LEADS IN PUNJAB .. PPP IS AHEAD IN SINDH .. IMRAN KHAN ADDRESSED THE PAKISTAN NATION TO CLAIM VICTORY AND CALLED FOR TALKS WITH #INDIA TO RESOLVE #KASHMIR ..
FINAL RESULTS STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED
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POLLS ARE CLOSED ..
TURNOUT BETWEEN 50 AND 55% ..
AFTER 20% VOTE COUNTED UNOFFICIAL RESULTS SUGGEST IMRAN KHAN’S PTI ARE AHEAD …
WIDESPREAD VOTER FRAUD AND VIOLENCE AT POLLING STATIONS ..
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OF PAKISTAN SAY THERE’S BEEN A BLATANT ATTEMPT TO MANIPULATE THE OUTCOME ..
ANALYSIS – When Nawaz Sharif won Pakistan’s general election last year to become Prime minister he did so on a landslide, the extent of which surprised everyone, friend and foe alike.
Observers noted the smooth transition, the first time in this young nation’s history, as well as the lack of irregularities in the voting process – all of which pointed to a future where democracy could flourish in a country plagued by military rule.
So, it is very disappointing to see all that being thrown into doubt by two foolish men, both of whom spent time in democracies themselves but who clearly don’t think that the people of Pakistan deserve the chance to choose who should make the decisions that affect their lives.
One studied at Oxford and was a great captain of the nation’s cricket side, the other a religious cleric who appeared out of nowhere last year after living in Canada.
Both are driven by a sense of a messianic mission that afflicts so many Pakistanis – heaven help the land of the pure should either of these clowns ever make it to the office of Prime minister.
There have been fears that the army could step in – some thing that appears unlikely given how strong the elected PM’s democratic mandate is, and given also the size of the US loan that will be lost should they engage in anything as rash as a coup d’etat.
And should they do so, Pakistan will follow the Arab world in becoming a laughing stock – something that even the coup prone military is keen to avoid.
ANALYSIS – If a recent rally is to be believed, the former cricketer Imran Khan is emerging as a serious challenger on the Pakistani political scene.
During an interview with ITV News last night, Imran Khan said the current president Asif Ali Zardari was completely discredited and that his own appeal was among the young.
He was not concerned about his own safety, given the bloody nature of Pakistani politics – he was prepared to make any sacrifice to save his country.
The camera shots from the point of view of the reporter – Mark Austin – revealed a very agitated Imran.
There are clearly things he wanted to say and do, once he gets his chance.
Trouble is, Pakistan has had too many saviours, Zardari was also one such figure.
What this still young nation needs is someone who will spread the wealth evenly to the rest of the population, so that everyone gets the chance – like Imran himself – to shine.