Pakistan’s National Assembly elections will be held on Thursday, just one day away. The country will get a new prime minister. According to various polls, Muslim League’s Nawaz Sharif is ahead in the polls. Imran Khan is getting massive public support even from prison. Besides, Benazir Bhutto’s son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari of PPP is also in discussion.
Pakistan, a Muslim majority country, has about 12.8 million registered voters. 336 National Assembly seats. 5 thousand 121 candidates.
National Assembly elections are going to be held for the third time in a row in the midst of political unrest. Clashes have already taken place at various places. A number of parliamentarians including candidates have been killed.
Pakistan Muslim League’s Nawaz Sharif is leading in the race to contest the election. This 74-year-old leader returned to the country in 2022 from voluntary exile in London for 4 years. Before that, he was elected as the Prime Minister of the country three times. Although never completed the term. Nawaz Sharif was finally removed from power in 2017 due to corruption.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has public support even though he is in jail in various cases including Cipher, Tosakhana. According to PTI, the biggest supporters of former World Cup winning cricketer Imran are young voters. For him, the youth are quite active on social media. However, since PTI’s symbol cricket bat has been canceled, the party’s leaders are now forced to participate in the elections as independents.
Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is also in the discussion. Bilawal, 35, the son of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, became the foreign minister in the coalition government in April 2022 after the fall of the Imran Khan government. Through this, he became the youngest foreign minister of Pakistan.
Besides, Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz is in discussion. Nawaz is grooming daughter Maryam to carry on the party’s responsibilities and political legacy. Maryam’s political career started in 2010. The 50-year-old politician has built many fans and followers through passionate speeches and a strong presence on social media.