In recent times, Pakistan held parliamentary elections that were marked by violence and terror attacks, resulting in over 40 deaths. Candidates were targeted, and the election results are uncertain due to slow vote counting caused by poor internet connections and information withheld by authorities. The Pakistan Muslim League and Imran Khan’s PTI party are likely winners, but the results are already being questioned.
The incoming government in Pakistan faces numerous economic challenges, including high poverty rates and inflation. The country’s foreign exchange reserves have reached dangerously low levels, making negotiations with the IMF for a new payment program necessary. Additionally, geopolitical tensions with neighboring countries add to the complexities faced by the new government. Climate change disasters such as floods and droughts also threaten the country.
Despite these significant challenges, about 128 million people voted in Pakistan’s elections, with an estimated 50% voter turnout. The incoming government will have a responsibility to address these issues and stabilize the country.