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Pakistan Election: Test of 71-year-old Islamic Democracy

Pakistan a federal parliamentary democratic republic which got independence in 1947, goes to general election July 25. The people of Pakistan will cast two votes one for the 272 out of 342 seated national assembly, another for the provincial assembly. Members are elected through first-past-the-post system under universal adult suffrage. opinion polls indicate a tight race with Imran Khan’s party ahead of Nawaz Sharif’s party and in the third place is Bilawal Bhuttos’s Pakistan People’s Party. The PPP could also emerge as a coalition kingmaker if no party wins a majority. The upcoming election of Pakistan posses a great importance to Neighbours, especially India. The bilateral talks have come to stand still between both the country after the attack on the URI Army base in 2016. India will look forward towards the new Pakistan Prime Minister in an expectation to bring in new economic policies, which may affect the country’s international trade and import-exports; both of which will affect India indirectly. India would look forward towards improving the diplomatic relations with PAKISTAN’S newly elected government including a successful peace treaty and ease out the tension on the border.

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