Shahid Rehan

Shahid Rehan

The author is a social media activist, and keenly raises his voice on issues related to politics, human rights, education and environment. He is currently working as a postdoctoral research scientist, at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland. He tweets @SShahidrehan (twitter.com/SShahidrehan)

NA-154 was a litmus test for PTI – perhaps Imran Khan should stop relying on patronage politics

While the fraudulent Sharif clan haven’t recovered from the aftermath of the Panama verdict and are still facing National Accountability Bureau (NAB) cases, the battle of NA-154 by-poll has ended in a mammoth victory for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). To some extent, this result is not surprising. The trend of previous by-polls suggests that people typically prefer to vote for the ruling party. However, victory of a new candidate against Ali Tareen is a major setback for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). This election was a litmus test for PTI, particularly for Jahangir Khan Tareen, whose politics was on stake after disqualification from the apex court. After disqualification, many ...

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