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Pakistan general election 2018: The 'Modi' factor amidst all the chaos
Pakistan is now in election mode as voting for the general election 2018 is scheduled to be conducted on 25 July 2018 in the country. This particular election has been marred with lots of chaos.

Nawaz Sharif was first disqualified from functioning as the Prime Minister of Pakistan and subsequently convicted in a graft case and sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment. His daughter too was convicted in the same case and handed out a seven-year jail term.

Suicide bombing attacks continue to take place in political rallies in Pakistan. On Friday, militants targeted a gathering of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Siraj Raisani in Mastung area of Balochistan province in which 128 people perished, reported PTI. The total number of casualties has gone up to 135 in Friday's twin attacks in Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

In the meanwhile, Bilawal Bhutto faced stiff opposition from a group of people who pelted stones during his election rally in Lyari area of Karachi on Sunday. Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto on Saturday suspended all his political rallies throughout Pakistan in the aftermath of the suicide blast.

However, surprisingly, the only political party which hasn't faced any problem whatsoever in conducting election rallies is Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). In fact, according to most surveys and opinion polls, Imran Khan is leading.

Whatever happens in Pakistan's politics always happens with the approval of the Pakistan Army. While every nation has an army, Pakistani Army has a nation.

Nawaz Sharif might be corrupt. In fact, corruption is commonplace in politics irrespective of the country. But while Sharif was singled out, Mumbai 26/11 terror attack accused Hafiz Saeed is freely running his election campaign in Pakistan. How else would you define irony that while an internationally recognised terrorist is roaming freely and aspiring to be the country's next prime minister, the tallest Pakistani political leader of the present era, Nawaz Sharif, is lodged in jail!

This proves that all the strings are being pulled by the Pakistan Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The army doesn't want to see either Nawaz Sharif-led PML-N or the Bilawal Bhutto-led PPP in power. Imran Khan-led PTI is their only choice despite the fact that PTI had failed to make an impact in the last general elections. Thus, it's crystal clear that the upcoming general election has already been rigged to place Imran Khan as another puppet Prime Minister of Pakistan.

In the backdrop of all this turmoil, Nawaz Sharif took a bold step by returning to Pakistan despite knowing very well that he would be arrested upon arrival. After returning to Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif alleged that he had been targeted under a conspiracy. Only time will tell whether the people of Pakistan uphold democratic values or fall into the trap laid by the ISI and the Pakistan Army.

From an Indian perspective at least two good developments have emerged during the campaigning for these elections. For the first time Kashmir isn't an issue in these elections. All prominent Pakistani political leaders are only talking about development, strengthening the economy and empowerment.

Most interestingly, many Pakistani leaders have been openly claiming that they would work like Narendra Modi if they are elected, thus projecting the Indian Prime Minister as an idol of development. Even the Pakistani liberal media hasn't been far behind in praising PM Modi for his policies like implementing GST and demonetisation.

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