Rawalpindi is seen to patronise him. And it’s a conducive pitch electorally—even if Nawaz Sharif, playing the victim card, poses a threat from prison. But the pennants of Imran Khan’s PTI fly the highest. Can he lay a new path for Pakistan’s fractured polity?
Hundreds of individuals linked with hardline and banned groups were competing in the polls but so far, according to the unofficial results, none of them was seen as winning a seat in the national or provincial assemblies.