Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Pakistan goes to polls as candidates pray for victory

Pakistan goes to polls as candidates pray for victory

Gandapur's party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, condemned the attack, but campaigning continued ahead of Wednesday's polls.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the supremo of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) who was jailed this month after being convicted in a corruption case also accused the military of pressuring the judiciary to convict him. In its 71 years of existence, Pakistan has voted only for 9 times and the country's history has been marred by the military rule that counts for more than 30 years out of the 71.

Pakistanis are preparing to vote after a campaign overshadowed by concerns of attempted manipulation and violence.

More than 106 million voters will vote for 272 seats in the country's lower house of parliament, as well as for the country's four provincial assemblies.

Gandapur was the former agriculture minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Sixty seats are reserved for women while 10 have been kept aside for religious minorities including Hindus.

Those who voted for Sharif may also be annoyed that the three-times elected prime minister has been never been allowed to complete a term. In future, Khan himself will have to walk the talk as per the directives of the military establishment, which would mean no improvement in India-Pakistan relations.

Nawaz Sharif
Image Nawaz Sharif is campaigning from prison in Islamabad

For all these reasons, the human rights commission has said there are "ample grounds" to question the legitimacy of the polls, "with alarming implications for Pakistan's transition to an effective democracy".

DIG Operations Lahore Shahzad Akbar said that the smart application has geo-tagged all polling stations.

(Web Desk) - Not only are politicians having utter focus over General Election 2018 but the national players are expressing their thoughts concerning vote casting with pep and eagerness.

However, the PML-N could reap a sympathy vote after Nawaz Sharif returned to be arrested on July 13 along with his daughter Maryam, leaving his cancer-stricken wife in a London hospital. Mr Khan, 65, told the BBC last week that his opponents will "lose due to their track record" when in power, . Analysts say he will have to make serious inroads in Punjab province - a PML-N stronghold - in order to win the vote.

He is the son of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007.

A third candidate, Bilawal Bhutto Zadari, from the Pakistan People's Party, could be the kingmaker.

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