Toronto, July 26: Tarek Fatah, a Canadian author of Pakistani origin, has questioned the "fairness" with which the elections were conducted in Pakistan and called Imran Khan, whose party PTI is set to emerge as the single largest party, as "fair and lovely military pappu".
Fatah is staunch critic of Pakistani politics and minces no words when it comes to Pakistan bashing. Fateh's opinions are criticised in Pakistan. He was, in fact, chased out of Pakistan for his outspokenness, views on the way the nation was being run and for questioning the basis on which the Islamic republic was formed. Fatah has now settled down in Canada and authored many books on the rise of Islamic Extremism and the threat it poses to the world.
Here comes a truckload of ballots in a PTI van under watchful eye of the Pakistan Army. ’Fair’ elections in Pakistan mean electing the ’Fair & Lovely’ military pappu, Taliban Khan @ImranKhanPTI pic.twitter.com/8HSSYqurAn— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) July 26, 2018
India has been watching Pakistan elections with bated breath as Khan has very often in the recent past been accused of being a puppet of the Pakistan army. Imran Khan has denied these allegations, but history would show how close he is to the army in Pakistan. His affair with the Pakistan army has been a long-standing one and documented as well.
Observers in India had always maintained that it was clear from the start that Imran Khan would win the elections in Pakistan. The army had backed him to the hilt, all along.
Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf inched closer to becoming the single largest party in the country's general elections by leading on 119 seats in an early count of votes, amid charges of rigging by rival political parties. PTI was ahead in 119 of 272 contested National Assembly constituencies, while its main rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was way behind with 65 seats. The Pakistan People's Party was leading on 44 seats while others were ahead in 17 seats.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday said "this is a perfect result for the Pakistani military". Tharoor said that the Pakistan military would want to ensure that the new Prime Minister "doesn't get out of hands or doesn't get too independent".