Judicial activism and militant attacks can mar Pakistan elections

Pakistan goes to polls under a caretaker government amid judicial activism and militant attacks. Former Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, heading a six-member cabinet, took over as caretaker prime minister on June 1, 2018 to oversee the general election scheduled for July 25, 2018.

As campaigning for votes began, the focus is actually on the three major political parties—Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N); Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Keeping in mind that no Pakistani prime minister has been able to serve full term in office so far, the question doing the rounds is, who will be the next prime minister of the country after this mainly trilateral electioneering?

As is symptomatic in quasi-democratic states, Pakistani elections are marred by conspiracies of the deep state and militant attacks, casting long shadows over their credibility. It is well-known that there are three main sets of players in Pakistan’s politics—the military, the political

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