How the World Views Pakistan Elections

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How the World Views Pakistan Elections

The media in Pakistan is not being allowed to reveal the truth, let me share some commentaries from some of the world’s most prestigious print and electronic media on Pakistan Elections 2018:

The Economist
Although Imran Khan and Pakistan army deny foul play, the match has been rigged. The army is ensuring that the PTI enjoys privileged access to media, endorsements from powerful people and defections from rival parties.

The Wall Street Journal
This nation’s military is working behind the scenes to manipulate this month’s election to try to produce a government it can better control, politicians and human-rights groups said.
The military’s intelligence arm is carrying out a campaign of persuasion, intimidation and threats, politicians who have experienced it said, in an effort to get them to change parties and to pressure key local voting blocs to switch allegiance.
The drive particularly targets the party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who military officers have privately said is too soft on traditional foe India, and looks to help the avowedly pro-military party of former cricket star Imran Khan. To achieve this, the military is working closely with police, local officials and the anticorruption watchdog—all institutions over which they have considerable sway, these politicians said.
Mr. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party was expected to put up a strong challenge in the July 25 election, but in a closely fought battle with Mr. Sharif’s party, the military’s role could make the difference, some experts said. A contested result risks future instability for this country of 200 million, politicians warn. The military denies trying to influence the election.

Daily Mail
Accusations of military interference, encroaching extremism and a series of deadly attacks have cast an alarming shadow over Pakistan’s hopes for a rare democratic transition of power in next week’s election.
Observers have slammed “blatant” attempts to manipulate the ballot, which will see the brother of a recently jailed three-time prime minister face off against a former World Cup-winning cricketer for leadership of the nuclear-armed nation, whose short history is peppered by coups and assassinations.

CNN
Khan is perceived to be the preferred candidate of the country’s powerful military, which has directly ruled the country for almost half of its independent existence since 1947, and has maintained an outsized influence over politics throughout that period.

Time
Pakistan’s powerful military has ruled the nuclear-armed country for nearly half its existence, and picked favorites among politicians. Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minster, who recently returned from London to face a 10-year jail term for contentious corruption charges that supporters say are an attempt by the army to undermine civilian power, was once in the military’s favor. The cricketer-turned-politician who could win the forthcoming vote, Imran Khan, now appears to be in the generals’ good books, but past experience suggests he too should be careful. Not one Pakistani prime minister has ever completed his term.

Al-Jazeera
Shadow of ‘engineering’ hangs over Pakistan elections as
political leaders in Balochistan province claim that they are being threatened to switch parties, alleging army involvement.
AFP
Military looms large over divisive Pakistan elections

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