Pakistan is a flawed democracy, but its shortcomings should not lead to a dismissal of the country as a 'failed state' or an intrinsically undemocratic one. Pakistanis are demonstrating that the arc of Pakistan's politics, bends towards democracy.
More than 105 million Pakistanis are eligible to vote on July 25 for a new lower house of parliament, and, in doing so, usher in a new prime minister – an office whose term no elected representative has been able to complete.
Who is Imran Khan?
23 Jul 2018
Pakistani former star cricketer turned politician Imran Khan is more popular than ever as the the country’s general election nears. Here's an in-depth look into his life.
Can the Pakistani vote resolve the country's challenges?
25 Jul 2018
Pakistanis head to the polls to choose their government and leader for the next five years. Will the vote help bring in any change?
How ordinary people are rising to challenge the political elite in Pakistan
Has the Pakistani media been forced to skew and censor its coverage ahead of elections in Pakistan?
Meet Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of Pakistan's deposed PM
23 Jul 2018
Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of deposed Pakistani Prime Minister is now bidding to be PM as leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) party. He served three terms as the Chief Minister of Punjab province.
Deja vu in Pakistan: Cricket, India, the Generals and the Sharifs
Pakistani politics has been experiencing many ups and downs since independence in 1947 with the power struggle between civilian and military leaders shaping the country’s political arena. Only three governments have completed their full tenure.
Pakistan’s star studded elections
23 Jul 2018
In the upcoming July 25 general elections in Pakistan, thousands of candidates are taking part. Apart from politicians, some celebrities are trying their luck and vying for some important positions.
What does Pakistan’s ‘war generation’ have to say about its elections?
Pakistan currently has the youngest population it has ever had. Many from this demographic have been deeply affected by the issues surrounding Pakistan's 'War on Terror', especially those in the northwest of the country. What do they want?
How fair is the democratic transition in Pakistan?
When Pakistanis go to vote in parliamentary elections, there will be more women at the polls than ever before, but the level of participation will still be low as obstacles continue to hinder women's participation.
Why are Ahmadis in a Pakistan town boycotting the election?
Predominantly Ahmadi town of Rabwah in Punjab province is abstaining from voting on July 25 to protest laws that categorises Ahmadis as non-Muslim. They are part of the country's 500,000-strong community that self-identify as Muslim.
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