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Pakistan Prepares for Presidential Election as Imran Khan Calls for Fresh Polls

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Pakistan Prepares for Presidential Election as Imran Khan Calls for Fresh Polls
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan is gearing up for its presidential election on March 9th, with Asif Ali Zardari emerging as the frontrunner. This comes amidst ongoing political turmoil following the controversial general election in February.

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), continues to allege irregularities in the vote and has called for fresh elections. Khan was recently granted bail in some cases related to post-election violence, but remains incarcerated due to other charges.

Caretaker Prime Minister to Step Down

The current caretaker Prime Minister, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, is expected to step down shortly as a new coalition government is formed. The PTI has refused to be part of this coalition, further deepening the political divide.

Security Concerns in Balochistan

The Balochistan provincial government has banned public meetings and electoral gatherings due to a credible threat of a suicide bombing. This has raised concerns about the overall security situation in the run-up to the presidential election.

International Community Urges Stability

The international community has called on all parties in Pakistan to uphold democratic norms and work towards a peaceful transfer of power. The election of the new president is seen as a crucial step towards achieving some semblance of stability in the country.

Looking Ahead

Pakistan faces a multitude of challenges in the coming months. The legitimacy of the recent election, the ongoing political deadlock, and security threats all pose serious risks. The successful conduct of the presidential election and the formation of a stable government will be critical in navigating these challenges.

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