Leading with a commanding number of votes throughout the vote counting day, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and his party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) are inches away from winning the Pakistan Election 2018 and Khan to become the country’s next Prime Minister.
About the politically-novice Imran Khan, they say he is a bleak ray of hope amid hopelessness in Pakistan, after all, the people of the country have elected politically sound and strong dynasts since 71 years – but all failed to deliver. Pakistan, in all these years of independence, has never seen a prime minister who completed the full five year term and now, the youth seek a change – perhaps in a newbie that Imran Khan is. Today is the final counting day and people of Pakistan will see their new leader and a new government will be formed.
As of now, Imran Khan’s party-member Sadaqat Ali Abbasi has defeated former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has also been defeated. Although PTI is leading the polls with an outburst majority, it still appears likely to fall short of the 137 seats needed for a majority, the party will have no problem in finding coalition partners and form the government. Khan is scheduled to address a speech at 4:30 PM (IST) and most likely, it will be a victory announcement and onset of his journey as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.
However, if Khan and his party wins the election, it will be, at the best only be a half victory for them as the real challenge lays in running the government. Khan’s military support has probably done the unimaginable – unite the disparate opposition on a common plank against PTI and the likely-to-be new government. Sure PTI will hold majority in the national assembly, but the Sharifs, the Bhuttos, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman and Farooq Sattar all together will make more than 100 seats to be heard, and heard loud. With this, Khan will never have the comfort to rule the government with brute majority and the opposition already rejected the polls and might even not agree to take oaths. If the electoral match is won by Imran, he is already batting for tricky pitch that will get trickier in days to come.