Pakistan PM Imran Khan Goes into his Biggest Challenge

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Pakistan PM Imran Khan Goes into his Biggest Challenge
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Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, is handling the biggest hurdle to his administration from the opposition parties that have joined hands over the weekend to elect firebrand cleric Maulana Fazalur Rehman. He will be leading the 11 parties anti-government organisation seeking to replace Imran Khan.

Last year, Maulana Fazalur Rehman had the initial round of his campaign opposite Imran Khan when he started the ‘Azadi March’ that originated from Karachi to the capital city of Islamabad upon the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, or PTI government. That did not work so this time, Rehman has backing from other parties to hold the street rallies running.

The opposition jointly attacking the ruling military is rare in Pakistan; the army has ordered Pakistan for about half of its 73-year history and usually had the last word in the country’s governance even after that, and it is still going on.

Pakistan Democratic Movement – a 26 point resolution to seek resignation from the Prime Minister and to put an end to the role of the military in political matters.

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa who convoked political parties to a confidential assemblage last month to create consent on using the Gilgit Baltistan in the extended northern areas into Pakistan’s fifth area at China’s order.

Imran Khan, who got to the government on the back of populist support to root out corruption, borders accusations that his anti-corruption approach solely targets the opposition leaders.

Khan faces other hurdles as well, some of them much more critical. Next month’s meeting of the Financial Action Task Force, or FATF, is one. The conference, scheduled for October 21-23, is to vote on Imran Khan’s appeal to get Pakistan off the global watchdog’s ‘grey list’.

Islamabad was expected to be deceived given its poor report of executing anti-terror laws, said Indian counter-terror officials. That would make it difficult for the Prime Minister’s government to obtain global markets at a time when the country’s economy has been floundering.