Radio Sputnik’s Loud Clear spoke Wednesday with Marvin Weinbaum, the Scholar-in-Residence and director of the Middle East Institute’s Center for Pakistan and Afghanistan Studies, about how the election seems to be turning out and what it means for Pakistan.
Parties will have to win 137 of the 342 seats in the National Assembly, the lower house of the country’s parliament, in order to form a government. If they cannot win an absolute majority, they must form a coalition government with other parties in order to reach at least 137 MPs.
With Al Jazeera projecting that Imran Khan’s PTI [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, or Pakistan Movement for Justice] would carry between 94 and 102 seats in parliament, the future of the ruling PML-N [Pakistan Muslim League — Nawaz], led by Nawaz Sharif, hangs in the balance.
”I don’t think they can come back from something like this,” Weinbaum told hosts John Kiriakou and Brian Becker about the Sharif family, who are closely associated with PML-N. “And in any event, they had been sort of written out of Pakistan’s public life by being first