Millions of voters are sealing the fate of cricket legend Imran Khan and brother of disgraced former PM Nawaz Sharif for PM as Pakistan goes to vote today. The country is voting after th entire election campaign was marred both by drama and violence.
The elections is being seen as a two cornered battle between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), that has ruled the country for the past five years, and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), formed by Imran Khan who enjoys the support of the youth from across provinces in Pakistan.
About 106 million registered voters will be exercising their right to vote. Not many know that this is only the second transfer of power from one civilian government to another in the country’s coup-studded 71-year history.
While there has been confidence in Imran Khan camps that he is the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, political analysts closing monitoring the elections say that it will be a hung parliament.
The campaign has been hit by claims from human rights groups, political leaders from several parties and media organisations of pre-poll rigging by the army. The PML-N claims the military is favouring Imran Khan’s PTI because the former PML-N prime minister Nawaz Sharif tried to curb the military’s power before he was ousted in a supreme court ruling last July.
The biggest challenge for whosoever becomes the next Prime Minister of Pakistan is that they will have an economy in shambles to take care of besides uplifting the very state of living and conditions in Pakistan.
Nearly 400,000 soldiers are stationed inside and outside the country’s 89,500 polling stations, a startling rise on 2013 when only a fifth of that number were deployed despite a far graver security situation.