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

A suicide blast in the southwestern province of Balochistan on July 13 killed 149 people - one of Pakistan's worst-ever terror attacks - underscoring continuing security challenges in the country following years of dramatic improvements.

The ECP has taken measures to facilitate voters as the nation goes to vote on July 25, Wednesday.

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.

As the early voters queue up outside polling stations, the question on everyone's mind will be whether Mr Khan will be the next prime minister.

General elections were again held before the tenure of the government due to a reported power struggle between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in 1993. About 400,000 police officers and 371,000 army troops have been deployed across the country.

Armed soldiers watched closely as election officials in the capital Islamabad Tuesday distributed ballot boxes and voting materials for polling stations across the city. The counting of votes will be done on the spot soon after polling is concluded and results will be announced within 24 hours.

Also, Ikramullah Gandapur, a candidate from Mr. Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, and his driver, were killed by a suicide bomber in northwest Pakistan on Sunday. All parties have claimed that they will grab most of the seats. Election on two National Assembly constituencies have been postponed.

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Gandapur served as the provincial agricultural minister in the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet.

During Pakistan Election 2018, 53,000 local, national, and global media observers will monitor the polls.

Despite a massive electoral exercise, there is a big question if the election would bring much needed political and economic stability in the country.

"The bottom line is that experiment 2018 will fail just like all previous experiments", he said, referring to the uneasy relations between the elected government and the military establishment in the past. This would be the largest deployment for any election in the country's history.

Durrani is contesting elections against Khan, a popular former cricket star, in Bannu.

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

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