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30 Jul 2018, Vanessa Maebara, EMIS

India worried as Imran leads in Pakistan PM race

Pakistani politician and former cricket captain Imran Khan has emerged as a front-runner for the post of Pakistan’s Prime Minister and is widely seen as the choice of the powerful Pakistan Army and ISI among the major contenders for the post of PM in these elections, Asian Age reported.

Mr Khan was heard accusing former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif of working for Indian interests and TV channels were broadcasting footage of him accusing India of trying to “weaken” the Pakistan Army and tarnish its image.

Khan, who is also seen to be the choice of Pakistan’s religious fundamentalists and also terrorists like Hafiz Saeed, is likely to be under pressure to adopt a strident position against India that will please the Pakistan Army and ISI that control Islamabad’s India policy.

At the same time, Mr Khan — who has visited India several times — may offer to re-start talks with India in the flush of electoral victory. It could be a political test of the charismatic former Pakistan cricket captain’s leadership skills, given that the Pakistan Army would want to be in the driver’s seat.

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