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Is Pakistan's Ousted Prime Minister Making a Comeback?

MIN READAug 3, 2022 | 20:57 GMT

Supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), are seen at a rally in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 21, 2022.

Supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), are seen at a rally in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 21, 2022.

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In Pakistan, former Prime Minister Imran Khan's resurgence is increasing political instability and threatening to disrupt the government's efforts to introduce economic reforms and resurrect its agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Only months after being deposed, Khan is making a political comeback. His party, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party (PTI), won 15 of the 20 seats up for grabs in a byelection in the populous Punjab province on July 17. Current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), won only four seats (with the remaining seat going to an independent candidate). Then on July 27, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi from the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) party, a Khan ally, became Punjab's new chief minister, dealing another painful blow to the Sharif's ruling coalition....

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