Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Pakistan's sportsmen urge people to go and cast their votes

Pakistan's sportsmen urge people to go and cast their votes

The attack in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa follows a spate of bombings at political rallies before the election, the most devastating of which was a suicide attack this month that killed 149 people.

As Pakistan gears up for election day on July 25, Pakistani celebrities have thrown their weight behind cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and his message of "Naya Pakistan" (New Pakistan). This election is significant because it will mark only the second time that one civilian government has handed power to another after serving a full term.

General elections were held in 1990, 2 years after coming to power.

Tens of millions of Pakistanis will vote on Wednesday in an election that could have repercussions for the entire region. About 400,000 police officers and 371,000 army troops have been deployed across the country.

DIG Operations Lahore Shahzad Akbar said that the smart application has geo-tagged all polling stations.

Armed soldiers watched closely as election officials in the capital Islamabad Tuesday distributed ballot boxes and voting materials for polling stations across the city.

The counting will be done on the spot and results will be announced within 24 hours after the polling. Election on two National Assembly constituencies have been postponed. The PPP could emerge as a coalition kingmaker if no party wins a majority, as many expect.

The same has been witnessed as a counter-response from PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif, who has been targeting Khan and what he calls the PTI's failed governance in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Despite a massive electoral exercise, there is a big question if the election would bring much needed political and economic stability in the country. Also, going by the popular notion that the country's all-powerful military establishment is backing Khan, it seems Pakistan's foreign policy and its strategic relations with neighbouring counties, especially India, will have a major impact.

Former skipper Mohsin Hassan Khan is not only well-known among current and former cricketers but he is also famous among masses.

Meanwhile, Hanif Abbasi, a candidate for the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) was jailed for life by an anti-narcotics court. "Time had gone now when we used to cast vote under the influence of the powerful persons involved", they say. "A strong government is necessary for better economy".

"Despite all the odds, PML-N is winning the July 25 polls", he was quoted as saying by Pakistani media.

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