So on the screen instead of in the city square. This is how the former prime minister wants to win the elections from prison
Imran Khan, the former head of government, is in prison but is still popular. He couldn’t speak to his followers, so the artificial intelligence did it for him. Many candidates supported by his party campaign secretly for fear of arrest. Will they manage to regain power? The PTI party does not have the support of the army, and in Pakistan the winner is the one supported by the army.
In less than two years, he went from the prime minister’s office to a prison cell. Imran Khan led the Pakistani government from August 2018 to April 2022, when the parliament expressed a vote of no confidence in him. He was the first prime minister in the country’s history to lose power in this way.
However, Pakistanis are used to it. The dynamic changes at the top of power are directed by a powerful army. “The position of commander of the government army is more important than the position of prime minister or president,” wrote Father Pakistan Wojciech Jagielski, an outstanding reporter in “Tygodnik Powszechny”.
Since independence from Britain in 1947, no prime minister has ever completed his five-year term.
Now the day of another test has come for Pakistan’s façade democracy. In the midst of numerous crises, political arrests and bombings (the last one took place just yesterday, over 20 people died), elections to the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament.
There are 266 seats up for grabs. Women will get an additional 60, and religious minorities – 10. As many as 44 parties are running, but only three count.
Pakistan is the world’s fifth most populous country and one of nine countries with nuclear weapons.
Khan deprived of “power”?
The vote comes after months of a caretaker government and political turmoil over the ouster of Imran Khan. The army helped him climb to the top, but when he came into conflict with the military, he was knocked off the pedestal. He himself claims that his removal was a conspiracy not only of the army, but also of Washington and his successor, Shehbaz Sharif.
– Interestingly, in the context of the international situation, Imran Khan supported the Taliban’s takeover of power in Afghanistan. He was also present in Russia during the first days of the invasion Ukraine. This attitude, contrary to Washington’s interests, gives him the opportunity to say that he is a victim of an American conspiracy – points out in an interview with tvn24.pl Dr. Agnieszka Nitza-Makowska, assistant professor at the Institute of Political Science and International Relations at Collegium Civitas, supervisor of the Asian specialization at this university, conducting research related to, among others, with Pakistan.
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