Imran Khan Will Chair Important Meeting at Bani Gala Today

Charlene Craig
July 31, 2018

Meanwhile, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan retired Vice Admiral Hasham Bin Siddique called on PTI chief Imran Khan on Friday and congratulated him on behalf of the Saudi government for success in the general elections.

The poll has been marred by long delays in counting and complaints of rigging by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. "The worst kind of irregularities have been committed, which are unprecedented", party leader Shahbaz Sharif said.

"The worst kind of irregularities have been committed which are unprecedented", said Mr Sharif of the election.

If Modi attends Imran's swearing-in, certainly it will be a big news given that all is not well between Modi and Imran who has the backing of Pakistan Army. In their preliminary findings, the observers said the electoral process was "not as good" as the 2013 election and campaign week featured a "lack of equality" that meant it was not a level playing field for all parties.

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Western officials say that while Pakistan has taken on huge debts to finance the projects, China's investment has gained access for China's military to Pakistan's Gwadar Sea Port, which is strategically placed west of India.

Khan is all set to be crowned as the 19th prime minister of Pakistan after 65-year-old cricketer-turned politician claimed victory for his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Wednesday's assembly elections.

The PTI has emerged as the single largest party in National Assembly after the July 25 elections, but it's still short of numbers to form the government.

"We are in a complicated situation", said Farooq Sattar, a senior leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, a party that won six Assembly seats.

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Also, when he tries to implement his agenda in a Pakistan facing a resource crunch, there may be friction with provincial governments (to whom the bulk of the resources were devolved after a Constitutional amendment in 2010) and with State institutions that get a sizeable share of the Centre's budget. The Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan has won five seats and he will have to vacate four. "We welcome engagement with them in a way that we think will benefit each of our two countries".

Khan will face myriad challenges, including militant extremism, an economic crisis with speculation that Pakistan will have to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund, water shortages and a booming population.

He will also have to contend with the same issue as many of his predecessors: how to maintain a balance of power in civil-military relations.

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