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Fazlur Rehman, the controversial cleric who could be kingmaker in Pakistan


New Delhi, July 26: Imran Khan's PTI is heading towards victory, but may falls short of the 137 seat mark needed for a majority in Pakistan. In case Khan misses the halfway mark, he would need to form the government with the help of a coalition of smaller parties.

Fazlur Rehman

If it comes down to a coalition, then the obvious choice for Imran Khan would be the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), which is led by turncoat politician and controversial cleric, Fazlur Rehman.

He has always been sympathetic towards the PTI, but as the results poured in, he too joined the PML-N and PPP in crying foul. He even decided to call for an all parties conference to discuss the results, which he termed as rigged.

Rehman has done several flip-flops in the past. With him realising that Khan is at a touching distance, he may just ended up supporting him if the need be. The MMA is a coalition of six right-religious political parties, headed by Rehman.

Observers say that he is most likely to back Imran Khan, in case the numbers are needed. Rehman has been known in the past to shift towards any party which is capable of forming the government. He was even criticised by Imran Khan for frequently changing sides. Khan had even joked that when a government goes out of power, it leaves behind the treasury and Fazlur Rehman.

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