Indian media dubs Imran Khan as 'Taliban Khan'

Geneva Stokes
July 24, 2018

Mr Durrani survived a suicide attack earlier this month that killed four people. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a message sent to the media.

Ikramullah Gandapur, a member of Mr Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, was contesting polls for the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly when he was killed by a vehicle bomb.

A suicide blast in Balochistan on July 13 had killed 149 people - one of Pakistan's worst-ever terror attacks.

Video images from the scene showed three bleeding and unconscious passengers inside a badly damaged black sports utility vehicle. He was elected through a by-election on the Dera Ismail Khan PK-67 seat, after it was vacated following the death of his brother Law Minister Israrulah Gandapur in a suicide attack.

On the other hand, several surveys carried out by national and worldwide organizations show PTI leading the political battle followed by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and Pakistan People's Party. In future, Khan himself will have to walk the talk as per the directives of the military establishment, which would mean no improvement in India-Pakistan relations.

Nawaz Sharif himself has accused the generals of targeting his party, including intimidating his candidates to switch allegiances - particularly in Punjab province.

On Sunday, a judge in the High Court of Islamabad appeared to back up that allegation, saying that the powerful military Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) organisation had been interfering in the judiciary.

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More than 800,000 security personnel - including more than 370,000 army soldiers - will be deployed for security on election day, Pakistan's Election Commission said this week.

But after the elections, reports of ballot rigging and political murders surfaced, prompting the Pakistan Amry General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq to dispose of him in a military coup.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif has said that people can change his name if he does not take Pakistan ahead of its arch-rival India after coming into power.

"It was in your leadership skip @ImrankhanPTI that we became world champions in 1992".

Shehbaz said that Pakistan can not become a great nation by voting leaders like Imran Khan who have made false promises to "our nation".

BehindYouSkipper became one of the country's top trending hashtags as celebrities and former cricketers came to Khan's support.

The PPP party of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is widely expected to come third.

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