Pakistan election: Ex-cricket star Imran Khan could be prime minister

Pakistan election: Ex-cricket star Imran Khan could be prime minister

Pakistan election: Ex-cricket star Imran Khan could be prime minister

Former Pakistani cricket stars have come out in support of Khan and his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Cricket gurus like Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar also took to the Twitter and expressed their views over coming general election 2018.

The election comes as Pakistan's economy is in crisis, with the rupee's 20 percent decline spiking inflation and dwindling foreign currency reserves likely to force the second International Monetary Fund bailout since 2013.

Khan has persistently attacked Nawaz Sharif for "being the agent of global agenda", aimed at ridiculing Pakistan and defaming its image globally.

Those who voted for Sharif may also be annoyed that the three-times elected prime minister has been never been allowed to complete a term.

Mr Sharif's brother, the former governor of Punjab province, Shehbaz Sharif, 66, is now leading the party.

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".

DIG Operations Lahore Shahzad Akbar said that the smart application has geo-tagged all polling stations.

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 election campaign concluded at midnight yesterday after about two months. The PPP could emerge as a coalition kingmaker if no party wins a majority, as many expect. Also, going by the popular notion that the country's all-powerful military establishment is backing Khan, it seems Pakistan's foreign policy and its strategic relations with neighbouring counties, especially India, will have a major impact.

Gandapur served as the provincial agricultural minister in the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. As many as 750,000 polling staff will perform duty on the election day.

"It is not easy to predict which party will form the government".

Meanwhile, Hanif Abbasi, a candidate for the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) was jailed for life by an anti-narcotics court.

Like many in the past have said, Pakistan's ties with Afghanistan matter more than its India policy, to avoid getting caught amid adversarial powers on Kabul's flanks remains vital.

"Despite all the odds, PML-N is winning the July 25 polls", he was quoted as saying by Pakistani media.

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