How Political Engineering successfully influence the Pakistan General Elections 2018 and the result day is ready on July 26

By: Hamid H.Ganai


Srinagar: Pakistan has voted on July 25th. To elect a new Parliament & new federal & provisional governments in what in what may be called the elections of paradox.

Two of the most influential players in Pakistan general elections cannot hold any post after the 26th.July when results will be out- Nawaz Sharif & Pakistan Army.

Nawaz Sharif & his daughter Maryam Nawaz have been jailed after convection in a controversial corruption case.

Pakistan establishment agencies & military though covets power in the country is wary of any attempt to take over the civilian government. It is still smarting under the former president Gen. retired Parveez Musharraf’s experiment. Nawaz Sharif’s in absentia convection that followed by his arrival in Pakistan on july 13th.

On the eve of general elections leave no doubt that he is a very factor in these high stake polls.

His brother Shabaz Sharif & PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz) is leading the party but lacks Charisma of Nawaz Sharif & Maryam Nawaz. Shabaz Sharif & other prominent leaders have even not translated the sympathy wave & victim card of Nawaz Sharief & Maryam Nawaz into words & was missing on the ground during election campaign.

They have builded their entire election campaign on the plank of development & repeatedly referring to neighbor India’s superiority in the economic, education, health & military fields.

Though there is a neck to neck competition between two political parties PML-N & PTI ( Pakistan Therek-e-Insaf).

Bilawal Bhutoo Zardarie,s PPP( Pakistan People’s Party) is another player in the general elections of Pakistan but pak establishment agencies know that the PPP is out of competition already and is irrelevant in entire Pakistan except Sindh province where part is facing a tough challenge of Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) an amalgam of eighteen parties including Imran Khans PTI.

While PML-N is still leading political party in Pakistan especially in largest province Punjab (141 NA seats) , PPP under Bilwal Bhutoo Zardari is said to be non-significant force this time in general elections and all focus is on PML-N to keep them out of power.

Cricket turned politician Imran Khan has emerged as the key challenger to power in Pakistan in these general elections. He is said to be in good books of Pakistan army & establishment agencies and he is popularly known as new poster boy of establishment.

Imran Khans Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) is the one party that has openly supported the idea of opening channels of dialogue with jihadi outfits Pakistan Tehrik-e-Taliban.

Imran Khans emphasis on accommodating fundamentalists & militant outfits has been so much that his opponents like ANP & PPP have described him Taliban Khan.

The run up to Pakistan National Assembly (NA) elections has seen a crackdown on the political workers affiliated to PML-N . Under the care taker government of justice Nasir-ul -Mulkh , the Pakistan Army & its deep state establishment agencies have emerged as the key controllers of administration.

The crackdown on two biggest political parties PML-N & PPP have been so hard that they have been denied free media space for their election campaign in last over a month.

The leaders of opposition political parties were quoted by Pakistan newspapers as saying “Seldom before has the pre-poll process been so vitiated, so unfair & so grotesque for a fragmented and divided parliament that is easier to manipulate”.

The charter mill of Pakistan politics have it that Pakistan establishment agencies & military is making sure that a “Plaint” Imran Khan wins majority or near to majority in 272 member National Assembly.

Pakistan establishment agencies & military is not ready to give any decision making leverage to a civilian government in matters of foreign, defense & strategic affairs. PML-N & PPP governments have in the past tried to break free by advocating peace with neighbouring country India. Imran Khan has emerged as a PM candidate with right blend of fundamentalist politics and military compliance.

There are speculations if Pakistan army & establishment agencies backed PTI of Imran Khan fails to secure majority in the parliament, the MMA (Muthaida Majlis-e- Aamal) of socio religious political parties group of Pakistan and GDA ( Grand Democratic Alliance) of Sindh province may join hands with Imran Khan to keep PLM-N out of power.

Such a coalition government in Pakistan is bound to obey all the directions from establishment & military.

The political engineering of Pakistan establishment agencies have successfully influence the voters and a particular political party get a full advantage of it & Imran Khans PTI is the best beneficiary in these general elections of 2018.

The confidence level of Imran Khan was so high that after casting his vote at a polling booth in Islamabad in camera, he told reporters that he will emerge as victorious in these high stake elections.

The security agencies has given advises to popular political parties to avoid direct contact with masses in election rallies during election campaign while as on the other hand the PTI has managed mass rallies without any fear.

Over a dozen prominent candidates od PML-N were either barred to contest elections or were disqualified by the National Accountability Court (NAB) at regular intervals and NAB was used as a toll against the leaders of PML-N & PPP even a candidate & relative of former PM Aabassi Haneef Aabassi was disqualified by a court for a life form Rawalpandi NA seat just two days ago before scheduled date of elections.

The political parties like PML-N, PPP & ANP in KPK were not given equal level playing fields during these elections and no free space was given by Pakistan electronic media in election coverage which was all around Imran Khan & PTI.

The Pakistan human rights commission has declared these general elections as dirtiest, unfair & full of violence elections where Elections Commission of Pakistan, Care taker government, security agencies & electronic & print media has failed to do their job & responsibility for free & fair elections. This charge was leveled by none but the chairman of human rights commission of Pakistan in a recent interview to national & international media.

The prominent candidates of PML-N from southern Punjab have either returned their tickets to PML-N & PPP & contested as independent candidates or switched their sides with PTI.

The battle against Nawaz Sharief & PML-N was taken to its logical conclusions by the establishment agencies by co-opting the Judiciary so that the silent coup get judicial sanction & now they are doing everything within its power to neutralize the threat posed by Nawaz Sharief & his still popular political party PML-N in Pakistan.

The siting judge of Islamabad High court justice Showkat Sidiquee has openly raised concern that Judges & judiciary is under tremendous pressure of establishment agencies and decisions & timing of judiciary are being scripted as per their will & wish.

For 2018 general elections of Pakistan, it seems that the objective is to create a hung parliament at the center and the party governments at provinces.

To achieve this objective in Punjab province the PML-N was not broken down after panama verdict as was expected by many political observers. Reincarnation of MMA to combine the voting power of religious right & creation of GDA in Sindh against the PPP & division of MQM in Karachi to restrict the PPP to rural & QMQ to urban areas was well designed in Sindh province.

But political engineering does not stop the controlling the outcome of election results on July 26th, it continues to impact legislation and containment of the executive.

To give an example the recent of NAB law drafting a consensus of Pakistan parliament was reached to include generals & judges to be held also accountable, but within 24 hours it was broken and now they are excluded.

Dharna & Lockdown politics were also used to encroach the supremacy and stability of a civilian government in 2014 & 2016 and finally it has been taken to its logical conclusion in the election month of July 2018 and political engineers who have invested a lot in these high stake elections are now waiting for their results on the election verdict day on July 26th, 2018.

By: Hamid H.Ganai

Srinagar: Pakistan has voted on July 25th. To elect a new Parliament & new federal & provisional governments in what in what may be called the elections of paradox.

Two of the most influential players in Pakistan general elections cannot hold any post after the 26th.July when results will be out- Nawaz Sharif & Pakistan Army.

Nawaz Sharif & his daughter Maryam Nawaz have been jailed after convection in a controversial corruption case.

Pakistan establishment agencies & military though covets power in the country is wary of any attempt to take over the civilian government. It is still smarting under the former president Gen. retired Parveez Musharraf’s experiment. Nawaz Sharif’s in absentia convection that followed by his arrival in Pakistan on july 13th.

On the eve of general elections leave no doubt that he is a very factor in these high stake polls.

His brother Shabaz Sharif & PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz) is leading the party but lacks Charisma of Nawaz Sharif & Maryam Nawaz. Shabaz Sharif & other prominent leaders have even not translated the sympathy wave & victim card of Nawaz Sharief & Maryam Nawaz into words & was missing on the ground during election campaign.

They have builded their entire election campaign on the plank of development & repeatedly referring to neighbor India’s superiority in the economic, education, health & military fields.

Though there is a neck to neck competition between two political parties PML-N & PTI ( Pakistan Therek-e-Insaf).

Bilawal Bhutoo Zardarie,s PPP( Pakistan People’s Party) is another player in the general elections of Pakistan but pak establishment agencies know that the PPP is out of competition already and is irrelevant in entire Pakistan except Sindh province where part is facing a tough challenge of Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) an amalgam of eighteen parties including Imran Khans PTI.

While PML-N is still leading political party in Pakistan especially in largest province Punjab (141 NA seats) , PPP under Bilwal Bhutoo Zardari is said to be non-significant force this time in general elections and all focus is on PML-N to keep them out of power.

Cricket turned politician Imran Khan has emerged as the key challenger to power in Pakistan in these general elections. He is said to be in good books of Pakistan army & establishment agencies and he is popularly known as new poster boy of establishment.

Imran Khans Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) is the one party that has openly supported the idea of opening channels of dialogue with jihadi outfits Pakistan Tehrik-e-Taliban.

Imran Khans emphasis on accommodating fundamentalists & militant outfits has been so much that his opponents like ANP & PPP have described him Taliban Khan.

The run up to Pakistan National Assembly (NA) elections has seen a crackdown on the political workers affiliated to PML-N . Under the care taker government of justice Nasir-ul -Mulkh , the Pakistan Army & its deep state establishment agencies have emerged as the key controllers of administration.

The crackdown on two biggest political parties PML-N & PPP have been so hard that they have been denied free media space for their election campaign in last over a month.

The leaders of opposition political parties were quoted by Pakistan newspapers as saying “Seldom before has the pre-poll process been so vitiated, so unfair & so grotesque for a fragmented and divided parliament that is easier to manipulate”.

The charter mill of Pakistan politics have it that Pakistan establishment agencies & military is making sure that a “Plaint” Imran Khan wins majority or near to majority in 272 member National Assembly.

Pakistan establishment agencies & military is not ready to give any decision making leverage to a civilian government in matters of foreign, defense & strategic affairs. PML-N & PPP governments have in the past tried to break free by advocating peace with neighbouring country India. Imran Khan has emerged as a PM candidate with right blend of fundamentalist politics and military compliance.

There are speculations if Pakistan army & establishment agencies backed PTI of Imran Khan fails to secure majority in the parliament, the MMA (Muthaida Majlis-e- Aamal) of socio religious political parties group of Pakistan and GDA ( Grand Democratic Alliance) of Sindh province may join hands with Imran Khan to keep PLM-N out of power.

Such a coalition government in Pakistan is bound to obey all the directions from establishment & military.

The political engineering of Pakistan establishment agencies have successfully influence the voters and a particular political party get a full advantage of it & Imran Khans PTI is the best beneficiary in these general elections of 2018.

The confidence level of Imran Khan was so high that after casting his vote at a polling booth in Islamabad in camera, he told reporters that he will emerge as victorious in these high stake elections.

The security agencies has given advises to popular political parties to avoid direct contact with masses in election rallies during election campaign while as on the other hand the PTI has managed mass rallies without any fear.

Over a dozen prominent candidates od PML-N were either barred to contest elections or were disqualified by the National Accountability Court (NAB) at regular intervals and NAB was used as a toll against the leaders of PML-N & PPP even a candidate & relative of former PM Aabassi Haneef Aabassi was disqualified by a court for a life form Rawalpandi NA seat just two days ago before scheduled date of elections.

The political parties like PML-N, PPP & ANP in KPK were not given equal level playing fields during these elections and no free space was given by Pakistan electronic media in election coverage which was all around Imran Khan & PTI.

The Pakistan human rights commission has declared these general elections as dirtiest, unfair & full of violence elections where Elections Commission of Pakistan, Care taker government, security agencies & electronic & print media has failed to do their job & responsibility for free & fair elections. This charge was leveled by none but the chairman of human rights commission of Pakistan in a recent interview to national & international media.

The prominent candidates of PML-N from southern Punjab have either returned their tickets to PML-N & PPP & contested as independent candidates or switched their sides with PTI.

The battle against Nawaz Sharief & PML-N was taken to its logical conclusions by the establishment agencies by co-opting the Judiciary so that the silent coup get judicial sanction & now they are doing everything within its power to neutralize the threat posed by Nawaz Sharief & his still popular political party PML-N in Pakistan.

The siting judge of Islamabad High court justice Showkat Sidiquee has openly raised concern that Judges & judiciary is under tremendous pressure of establishment agencies and decisions & timing of judiciary are being scripted as per their will & wish.

For 2018 general elections of Pakistan, it seems that the objective is to create a hung parliament at the center and the party governments at provinces.

To achieve this objective in Punjab province the PML-N was not broken down after panama verdict as was expected by many political observers. Reincarnation of MMA to combine the voting power of religious right & creation of GDA in Sindh against the PPP & division of MQM in Karachi to restrict the PPP to rural & QMQ to urban areas was well designed in Sindh province.

But political engineering does not stop the controlling the outcome of election results on July 26th, it continues to impact legislation and containment of the executive.

To give an example the recent of NAB law drafting a consensus of Pakistan parliament was reached to include generals & judges to be held also accountable, but within 24 hours it was broken and now they are excluded.

Dharna & Lockdown politics were also used to encroach the supremacy and stability of a civilian government in 2014 & 2016 and finally it has been taken to its logical conclusion in the election month of July 2018 and political engineers who have invested a lot in these high stake elections are now waiting for their results on the election verdict day on July 26th, 2018.

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