Pakistan Elects Imran Khan Amid Allegations of Fraud
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FEATURING JUNAID AHMAD – Former international cricket star-turned anti-corruption activist Imran Khan has declared victory in Pakistan in elections that took place Wednesday. The elections were marred by heavy violence on the day that people voted with a devastating attack in the city of Quetta that killed more than 30 people. There have also been serious accusations alleging cheating and fraud.
Mr. Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf declared victory early Thursday morning after winning a clear plurality of seats in the National Assembly. According to AP, “Khan’s message of a ‘new’ Pakistan resonated with young voters in a country where 64 percent of its 200 million people are below the age of 30.” Khan’s leading rival, Shabaz Sharif, the brother of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is disputing the results.
Junaid Ahmad, assistant professor at the University of Lahore in Pakistan, and Secretary-General of the International Movement for a Just World.