The Listening Post

Pakistan Elections: Did Imran Khan stand a chance?

Pakistan’s election does not go the way the country’s powerful military intended – despite their media meddling.

This past week’s elections in Pakistan were meant to be a formality, the outcome – a win for the PMLN – predetermined by the Pakistani military and intelligence apparatus.

But despite their attempt to manage the narrative and meddle with politics, former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his party, the PTI, had an unexpected pull with the people.


Amber Shamsi – Director, Centre for Excellence in Journalism
Asma Shirazi – Anchor, HUM News
Fahd Husain – President, AIK News
Moeed Pirzada – Journalist and YouTuber

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John Nichols – National affairs correspondent, The Nation
Kristian Denny – Associate professor, Columbia University
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