Pakistan: Former cricket champion Imran Khan claims victory

Pakistan: Former cricket champion Imran Khan claims victory


The Pakistan Movement for Justice Imran Khan is leading the poll, but his opponents denounce fraud and interference of the army.

This is not the “tsunami” Imran Khan dreamed about. The former cricketer did not wait for the final results of the Pakistani general election. He claimed Thursday, July 26, the victory of his party. ” We have succeeded. We were given a mandate, “he said during a live televised talk in his Bani Gala headquarters a few miles from Islamabad.
The counting of votes, which put him in the lead, has taken an unusual delay in the night: his rivals denounce frauds. With barely 47 percent of the vote counted, Khan’s Pakistan Justice Movement (PTI) would win 114 seats out of a total of 270 open to a vote in parliament, according to press reports: a strong majority, but still too short for him to form a single government.

The accusations of its main rivals however announce a period of turmoil. The Muslim League of Pakistan-Nawaz (PML-N) and the People’s Party (PPP) of Bilawal Bhutto say that many of their election officials were removed from polling stations by soldiers who were guarding them, before sending the results. to the electoral commission. “These are so blatant frauds that everyone started crying. What they did today brought Pakistan thirty years back, “Shahbaz Sharif, who heads the PML-N in the absence of his brother, said in the night. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was indeed imprisoned in early July in a corruption case. The party rejected the election results even before their official announcement.

Throughout the campaign, the main rivals of the ITP had denounced interference, to their detriment, by the army and the temporary government, which managed current affairs before the vote. Candidate intimidation, the presence of an exceptional number of soldiers in the polling stations (more than 370,000 men), thousands of police investigations opened against supporters of the PML-N … A spokesman for the Army on Thursday characterized these accusations as “malicious propaganda”. As for Mr. Khan, he defends himself for a long time to be the favorite of the military.

“Taliban Khan”
The military, however, frequent the character for a long time. He returned to cricket in 1987 at the request of the putschist president Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq. He rubbed shoulders with General Pervez Musharraf, before departing from it at the end of his reign, in 2007. He was especially close to Hamid Gul, the former head of Pakistan’s military intelligence services (Inter Services Intelligence), and great support from An anti-Soviet “jihad” in Afghanistan during the 1980s. In 2013, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, the Pakistani Taliban, tried unsuccessfully to be represented by “Taliban Khan” in talks with the government.

According to the preliminary results, Mr. Khan is tracking the PML-N in his stronghold of Punjab, “lock” of this election. He embraced the cause of the disinherited south of the province. He intends to reorganize it in a hundred days. He promised the birth of an “Islamic welfare state”, ten million jobs and five million new homes. Few analysts judge these ads credible.

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