July 11: The Washington Post states that the Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for an overnight bombing at an election rally that killed a secular politician and 20 others in the country’s northwestern. Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, says in a statement Wednesday they targeted Awami National Party’s rally, killing Haroon Ahmed Bilour, a candidate for a seat in the provincial legislature in Peshawar.
The Diplomat: Imran Khan Takes on Corruption in Pakistan
October 19 – The Diplomat report by Sabena Siddiqi states that throughout his campaigns over the years, Imran Khan, now Pakistan’s prime minister, has always commented on his intention to carry out an intensive anti-corruption drive once in power. Pledging “strict accountability” and a crackdown against “the people who looted this country,” Khan visualized an extensive anti-corruption campaign. Finally, with his recent election, the time seems to have arrived, as unprecedented measures are being taken along with the announcement of a new “whistleblower law” to help end financial crimes.