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Pakistan, independent candidates orphaned by Imran Khan surprisingly lead

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Pakistan, independent candidates orphaned by Imran Khan surprisingly lead

Elections

The independents close to the leader who has been in prison for months are ahead of the big favorites of the Pakistan Muslim League of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif

by our correspondent Marco Masciaga

9 February 2024The independents close to the leader who has been in prison for months are ahead of the big favorites of the Pakistan Muslim League of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif

The key points Imran Khan and the PTI are ahead without having been able to campaign Nawaz Sharif has already said he is ready to participate in a coalition government Bilawal Bhutto’s PPP Zardari is the third party and could tip the scales

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NEW DELHI – The results – incredibly still partial – of what was announced as the most controlled election in Pakistan’s history are outlining a surprising scenario, destined to bring further instability to the fifth most populous country on Earth.

When 29 seats still have to be assigned, there are 91 Independents elected, the vast majority affiliated with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI); followed by the 66 of Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (Pml-N) and the 51 of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the party of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, scion of the political dynasty of Karachi.

A sensational result that disavows the maneuvers orchestrated under the table by the military establishment and the judiciary to transform the vote into a plebiscite in favor of Nawaz Sharif and in the judicial cancellation of the populist party of former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (right), with his daughter Maryam Nawaz EPA/RAHAT DAR

The surprise result – and the evident popular support for the former prime minister who has been in prison for months – convinced, albeit belatedly, the United Kingdom and the United States to condemn the discrimination suffered by the PTI during the election campaign.

So far the certainties and diplomatic repositionings. However, what will follow from these premises remains a mystery.

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