Pakistan Elections Proceed Amid Controversy Over Imran Khan’s Disqualification and Arrest

Pakistan is poised for elections amidst controversies over the fairness of the process. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is disqualified from running, faces 14 years in prison following recent sentences. His party, the PTI, has lost its electoral symbol and is alleging a campaign of intimidation against them. Meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif, a thrice former Prime Minister, has returned from exile and appears to be a strong contender. The election atmosphere is rife with unconventional campaign methods, with some candidates resorting to digital rallies and social media due to hiding from authorities or imprisonment.

  • Pakistan’s upcoming elections are embroiled in questions about their fairness.
  • Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has been disqualified from running and sentenced to a total of 14 years in prison.
  • Imran Khan’s PTI party lost its cricket bat electoral symbol, forcing candidates to run as independents.
  • The PTI alleges a campaign of intimidation, abduction, and harassment against them, which authorities deny.
  • Nawaz Sharif, in self-imposed exile until last year, is poised for a potential fourth term as Prime Minister.
  • Some PTI candidates are campaigning remotely due to evading police or being in prison.
  • Violent protests broke out following Imran Khan’s arrest on May 9, resulting in hundreds of his supporters’ imprisonment.
  • The political climate in Pakistan is marked by historical instances of jailing political leaders and sustained pressure on political parties.
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