Army secretly backing Imran Khan’s PTI, allege parties as poll campaign intensifies in Pakistan

Prime News, International (Islamabad), July 21:- With only four days left for the general elections in Pakistan, all mainstream political parties in the country intensified their acrimonious campaign against each other, with some expressing reservations over the impartiality of the polls.

According to the electoral rolls published by the ECP, 105.96 million voters will be able to cast their vote in the upcoming elections. According to the data released by the Election Commission of Pakistan, 3,459 candidates are running for 272 general seats of the National Assembly, while 8,396 candidates are contesting for 577 general seats of the four provincial assemblies.

The run-up to the July 25 elections has seen allegations that the military has secretly backed the campaign of former cricketer Imran Khan while targeting his political opponents. Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has repeatedly denied claims he is linked to, or supported by the military.

Tensions have risen in the country since the jailing of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges last week.

Sharif, who was sentenced in absentia on July 6, was jailed for 10 years on corruption-related charges which led to his removal from office last year.

The former premier claims the military is aiding a “judicial witch-hunt” to prevent the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) from winning a second term in power.

PML-N chief Shahbaz Sharif today alleged that caretaker government in Punjab province was supportive of Khan’s party.

“Punjab’s interim government is dancing to the tunes of PTI, while the Election Commission of Pakistan continues to be a quiet bystander,” Shahbaz said during a news conference in Peshawar. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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