Commentary on Pakistan’s 2024 Election

In Pakistan, all elections have been fraught with grave irregularities and rigging, with the Army selecting the Government. However, 2024 elections take the cake! In their desire to throw an exceedingly popular Imran Khan and it’s PTI to wolves, they manipulated over a period of two years. Imran khan was jailed for 24 years, as was his wife on a plethora of cases, disbanded PTI and even took their election symbol away.

For the re-found love, Nawaz Sharif, they had the courage exonerate him of charges and allowed to stand.

The election results have been a jolt then. PTI got its candidates stand independently, and they have been hugely successful, nearly breaking even with Nawaz Sharif’s PMLN. At this juncture it seems that Pakistan is heading for a hung assembly and longer time of political upheaval. There is bound to be some horse trading, especially of the independents.

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Lt Gen (Dr) Rakesh Sharma is an infantry officer commissioned in Gorkha Rifles in 1977, with career span of forty years. He has had extensive operational experience in Jammu and Kashmir, North East and on the Western Borders. The officer had trained the Botswana Army for three years in Africa, and attended the National War College at Abuja, Nigeria. Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma had attended the NDC at New Delhi and was Research Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. He has done PhD in Defence Studies. General Rakesh Sharma commanded the Fire and Fury Corps in Ladakh responsible for Kargil, Siachin Glacier and Eastern Ladakh – facing both Pakistan and China.The General was the Adjutant General of the Indian Army responsible for the Human Resource Management and superannuated in 2017. He has been awarded with Param Vashisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vashisht Seva Medal and Vashisht Seva Medal. He is a regular participant in seminars, lectures in various institutions, and regularly writes for newspapers and military journals. Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma was Chief Defence Banking Advisor with the Punjab National bank. He is currently DISTINGUISHED FELLOW with the Centre for Land Warfare Studies.