Pakistan: Anti-Khan Coalition Set to Form Government

    Pakistan: Anti-Khan Coalition Set to Form Government
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    The Facts

    • The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) announced late Tuesday that a power-sharing deal had been reached to form a coalition government. PML-N's Shehbaz Sharif and PPP's Asif Ali Zardari have been declared Pakistan's prime minister and president, respectively.

    • In April 2022, the PML-N and PPP joined hands to oust former Prime Minister Imran Khan and ruled the country for about 16 months. However, the two legacy family-controlled parties competed as rivals in the just-concluded elections.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    As elections in this nuclear-armed nation were rigged from the beginning, with authorities carrying out blatant lawfare against Khan and his PTI, such an outcome as this was widely anticipated. What's surprising, however, is that the US has failed to take stronger action to ensure that its treaty ally has a free and fair vote, despite Biden arguing that promoting democracy overseas is the defining challenge of our time. Perhaps democratic values aren't that important to the White House after all.

    Narrative B

    There's no valid evidence that rigging or controversy marred this polling process. However, the West has sought to meddle outrageously in Pakistan's internal affairs by voicing concerns about the vote and demanding probes into alleged irregularities. As a sovereign country, Pakistan must have well-established laws to disallow anti-state elements and ensure its elections are internationally respected.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 21% chance that Pakistan will experience a civil war before 2036, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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