November 22, 2018

Will Pakistan’s govt fall today?

Today, Aug 14, is Pakistan’s 68th birthday but instead of celebrating we’re wondering if we’ll have a government by the end of the day.Two anti-government forces are trying to march on the capital of Islamabad to get the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, to resign. Pakistanis are glued to their televisions as the two forces gear up for a fight. The plan is to march from Lahore to Islamabad. The capital is on lock-down. The police have orders to try to contain PAT activists in Lahore. Roads leading to the capital have been sealed. Imran Khan has, however, started his march towards Islamabad. Here is my newspaper's “>unfolds

These are the two parties trying to bring about a ‘revolution’:

1. PTI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice), a mainstream political party formed by cricketer Imran Khan (pictured above) in 1997. It was only in 2013 that his party won people over, especially young Pakistanis, at the ballot box. The PTI did well in the elections which saw a smooth transition of power between two democratically elected governments (The late Benazir Bhutto’s PPP party swept the 2008 elections after her assassination in 2007, and her widower Asif Zardari became president). The PTI now runs the government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, one of Pakistan’s four provinces.

“> He has been accusing the prime minister of corruption since June this year. 

What Imran Khan wants:

After a year of making accusations, Imran Khan now wants Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. He said nothing less than resignation of prime minister and announcement of fresh elections would be acceptable at this point.

He argues that the 2013 elections were rigged, allowing Nawaz Sharif’s party, the PML-N to come to power. Imran says that fake voting took the PML-N count from 6.8 million to 15 million.

Imran has demanded an How PM Nawaz Sharif responds:

When matters came to a head, the prime minister announced, in a How to interpret these protests?

The BBC's M Ilyas Khan has “>here. Is it constitutional to hold a sit-in till the PM resigns? Imran Khan has said he upholds democratic values. Imran Khan has said he wants PM Sharif to resign and an interim government of technocrats to rule until fresh elections are held. But