[Marxism] Pakistan: Elections a win for the right

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sun May 19 18:12:16 MDT 2013

A right-wing wave swept Pakistan in the May 11 general elections. At the
federal level, the conservative Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) will
form the government having won 35% of the vote.

Former Pakistani cricket captain Imran Khan's party, Pakistan Tehreek
Insaaf, came second with 19% of the vote and surprised many. The Pakistan
People's Party (PPP), the ruling party for the past five years, came third
with only 15% -- thanks to Sindh where it was able to fetch most of its

Almost 62% of total votes went to right-wing and religious parties, for the
first time in the history of Pakistan. Although the religious parties were
not united in a single platform, the pro-Taliban Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl
(JUIF) still won 10 seats nationally. It also won 22% of the votes in
Baluchistan and 1% in Khaiber Pukhtoon Khawa province, the two provinces
bordering Afghanistan.


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through disobedience and through rebellion." -- Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
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