Pakistani opposition to challenge Khan with own PM candidate in parliament

In this file photo, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) or Movement for Justice party, Imran Khan is escorted by police commandos as he attends a general election campaign meeting in Murree on April 29, 2013. (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP)
Updated 03 August 2018
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Pakistani opposition to challenge Khan with own PM candidate in parliament

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s two former dominant political parties said on Thursday they would join forces to field their own candidate for prime minister in parliament, challenging former cricket star Imran Khan, whose party won last week’s general election.
The alliance with several other smaller parties appeared unlikely to derail Khan’s election as prime minister, but it could leave him with a thin majority that could make enacting his agenda difficult.
Khan’s party, which won 116 of the 272 elected seats in the National Assembly, is believed to have enough would-be coalition partners among smaller parties and independents to win a majority vote to form a government.
But the main rival parties, which on Thursday repeated accusations that the July 25 vote was rigged by the powerful military, vowed to vote together with several smaller parties against Khan’s election as prime minister in parliament.
“It is an alliance which is against the rigged elections, and where all the political parties were not provided a free and fair, level playing field,” said Maryam Aurangzeb, speaking for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
The opposition alliance was not believed to have the numbers to block Khan’s election.
A European Union election monitoring team in its initial assessment described the election campaign as an unequal playing field but said it was up to the people of Pakistan to decide on the vote’s legitimacy.
The PML-N joined with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), led by the son of assassinated former premier Benazir Bhutto, and several smaller nationalist and religious parties in forming the opposition alliance, known as the All Parties Conference.
The PMN-L and PPP have traded power in Pakistan for most of its history in between periods of military rule after the army seized power, which itself accounts for nearly half of the 71 years since independence from Britain.


Pakistani pride hits new levels on first Independence Day of ‘Naya Pakistan’

Updated 14 August 2018
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Pakistani pride hits new levels on first Independence Day of ‘Naya Pakistan’

  • Pakistan has seen an unprecedented level of patriotism in the weeks building up to Independence day
  • Pop-up stalls sell Pakistan-themed merchandise and citizens wave flags as they drive through city streets

ISLAMABAD: You know a big celebration is looming when Pakistan’s cities light up days before a national holiday — and the build-up to August 14th, 2018 has been no exception. In fact, the most anticipated holiday of this year has been met with fervor rarely seen before.
Buildings overlooking the motorway leading into Islamabad have been decked out in green, white and gold lights and the capital is also glittering. Alongside the decorated government and private buildings comes an unprecedented wave of patriotism that has swept the country since the elections a few weeks ago.
There has been a boom in vendors setting up pop-up stalls in Islamabad during the past few weeks selling merchandise to mark the 71st birthday of Pakistan.
T-shirts, mugs, horns, flags, kameezes, hats and even shoes are sold alongside the roads leading into residential areas, markaz, and even the M2 motorway.
It also has become quite common to see large flags being waved on the back of motorbikes, cars — at times with people hanging out of windows or through sunroofs — cars covered in flags on each side, as well as profusions of green, white and gold tinsel.
The patriotic fervor seems to have been triggered by the change in the country’s leadership and anticipation of what is to come when the upcoming prime minister, Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), is sworn in and begins his laying his “Naya Pakistan,” the New Pakistan he promised during the election campaign.
Firework shows went off at midnight in major cities including Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore, and a number of small and large celebrations have been planned throughout the country to mark the day.
Social media was buzzing with Independence Day-related posts. Imran Khan, @ImranKhanPTI, posted:
14 Aug 2018: On this Independence Day I am filled with the greatest optimism. Despite our grave economic crises, due to corruption & cronyism, I know if we are united in our resolve, we will rise to the challenge & Pak will become the great nation envisaged by our Quaid and Iqbal.

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