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What can we expect from Khan’s Naya Pakistan?

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As Imran Khan and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party put their case to voters, the burning question on everyone’s mind is whether he and his party have what it takes to turn the country’s declining fortunes around.

Who is Khan? Apart from his cricketing exploits, his leadership resume is short; with no stain of incumbency and probably a few political skeletons lurking in the background. Despite his 20-year quest for national power, what Khan may have going for him is that he is a relative outsider within the corrupt political elite. Khan’s known positions on social, economic and security issues are mostly right of centre. He derives inspiration from the success of Mahathir Mohamad and Recep Erdogan. Khan possesses charisma like the late ZA Bhutto, but lacks Bhutto’s intellectual acumen. His past pronouncements opposing Pakistan’s involvement in the War on Terror, supporting the Taliban and denigrating the status of women in society are controversial and concerning. Moreover, similar to leaders before him, Khan is not above playing the religion card to win votes.

Khan’s populist, conservative and nationalist worldview resonates in a deeply conservative society. He advocates building infrastructure, a more efficient economy, education reforms, better public health options, a non-aligned foreign policy and combining Islamic values with........

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