Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Everything you need to know about Pakistan's general election

Everything you need to know about Pakistan's general election

Earlier, PTI Chief Imran Khan took to Twitter to condemn the "cowardly terrorist attack".

On Saturday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced it would deploy 1.6 million electoral officials and almost 750,000 security personnel, including about 300,000 soldiers to maintain security at Wednesday's general elections.

The upcoming elections have largely been a race between two main players-former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). This poll has created a do-or-die situation for the incumbent party, which is now being helmed by Nawaz Sharif's brother, Shehbaz. The crackdown on the two biggest political parties has been so hard that they have even been denied free media space for their election campaigns.

The 65-year-old sports celebrity recently said his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had a 100-day plan to meet serious economic and administrative woes faced by the country if it is voted to power.

"The ISI is fully involved in trying to manipulate the judicial proceedings", Siddiqui said in a speech to lawyers, adding the agency had told the court not to release Sharif and his daughter Maryam until after the elections.

The chatter mill of Pakistan politics have it that Pakistan Army is making sure that a "pliant" Imran Khan wins majority or near majority in 342-member National Assembly.

The PML-N alleges that its candidates and supporters have been urged to switch loyalties by people identifying themselves as intelligence or military officers across the country.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, PAKISTAN-A suicide bombing on Sunday in northwestern Pakistan killed a candidate running for a seat in the provincial assembly and his driver, and wounded three other people, police said.

Khan is hoping to achieve a years-long dream of becoming prime minister, with recent polls showing his PTI party climbing nationally ahead of Wednesday's vote. Pakistan's relationship with India is historically fraught, especially over Kashmir and the complicity of Pakistan's military and secret services in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

He claimed that the worldwide establishment including India want a weak government in Pakistan.

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