Corruption case derails opposition alliance against Imran Khan

A money laundering case against Asif Ali Zardari, the former national president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) supremo, has put the opposition’s plans for a ‘grand alliance’ to challenge new Prime Minister Imran Khan in jeopardy.

Prior to the election late last month, the Federal Investigation Agency claimed that a huge money laundering scam – allegedly bigger than the Panama Leaks and implicating the central leaders of PPP and close aides of the party’s co-chairperson Zardari – had been discovered in Sindh province.

A coalition led by Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) won the July 25 general election with a comfortable majority and has now formed a government despite a highly controversial electoral process.

Within days of the election, a six-party opposition alliance was formed and they demanded a parliamentary commission to look into the alleged violation of election rules, pre-poll and poll day rigging, as well as the alleged

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