02 Aug 2018

How Pakistan’s army helped Khan win

Pakistan’s influential military allegedly used its influence and power to restrict the operations of leading journalists and media outlets in the country. Media reports indicate that the army coerced the largest media outlets into removing columns and purging stories, reports that are corroborated by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

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02 Aug 2018

Pakistan to seek record $10-12 billion bailout from IMF

Pakistan is seeking a $10-12 billion bailout from the IMF, which would mark the country’s 13th from the IMF, and double the $5.3 billion received in 2013. The bailout would come with austerity measures and would limit the new Prime Minister’s ability to fulfill his campaign promises on public spending

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27 Jul 2018

Rivals concede Pakistan election to Imran Khan; EU cites concerns

Pakistan’s major parties have conceded defeat in Pakistan’s July 25 elections that European Union monitors has indicated was not conducted fairly. The new Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has the support of the army, promised to investigate claims of vote-rigging. A failure of the electronic system has meant that vote

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26 Jul 2018

Pakistan election in disarray as incumbent rejects result, army-backed Imran Khan gives victory speech

A day after going to the polls, Pakistan is in a state of confusion after the leading candidate announced victory and the results were rejected by the incumbent. The Election Commission of Pakistan, an independent body, has named a software breakdown as the cause of the delay in results. Nearly

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25 Jul 2018

Pakistan election: Suicide blasts and violence erupts as voters head to the polls

Pakistan is electing candidates at the polls today, as explosions and clashes break out across the country. The long-awaited election has been marred by pre-election violence and terrorist attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives, as well as fears of electoral manipulation by incumbents and the military. The largest attack

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24 Jul 2018

Tomorrow’s Pakistan election raises fears of ‘creeping coup’

Pakistan has a long history of military rule or heavy military involvement in politics. And, while the formal political powers held by the military were done away with in the past decade, the institution remains extremely powerful and fears continue to grow that they are or will use their influence

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16 Jul 2018

Election tension continue to mount as suicide bomber kills 128 at rally

Tensions in Pakistan continue to climb ahead of its elections on July 25. On Friday, a suicide attack claimed a current total of 128 lives, with the Islamic State claiming responsibility. The attack also killed a provincial assembly candidate, the second electoral candidate killed during the week. On the same

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11 Jul 2018

Half of accounts posting Pakistan election hashtags are “probably bots”

Two months ahead of election time, new transparency measures by Facebook and Twitter have suggested that large amounts of bots are being used to amplify messages, spread misinformation, create artificial consensus, or influence voter turnout. A recent analysis found that 52% of accounts using #PMLN hashtags and 46% of accounts

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21 Jun 2018

Extremist groups skirt political bans, eye gains in Pakistan’s upcoming elections

Major militant and terror-linked groups in Pakistan have successfully skirted efforts from the Election Commission to ban their participation in the upcoming general elections in July. This is part of a broader failure to prevent the “political mainstreaming” of extremists who are backed by sizable portions of the populace and

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05 Apr 2010

Explosions near U.S. consulate in Peshawar kill at least 6

“A terrorist attack near the U.S. consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan killed two consulate security guards and at least four others Monday, authorities said. The two consulate employees who died were Pakistani, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said, and ‘a number of others were seriously wounded.’ At least six people were

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