All the Pakistanis are looking towards the upcoming elections held on 25th July 2018. There are many speculations about the ongoing election campaign. This speculation is that the military is trying to influence the election results. Since the election campaign has begun, there has been a tug of war between civilian politicians and the military establishment. This is especially against PMLN, who had the last government. From various events, it is getting clearer that the establishment does not want PMLN to win again because it is not on the same terms with Nawaz policies. People in the country are also of the view that Nawaz was disqualified by the courts under establishment influence. Judges have been pressurized to convict him.
Civil society and the Human Rights Commission in the country have also shown their apprehensions regarding free, fair elections and all parties being given a fair playing field. On the other hand, Imran Khan, the Chairman of the opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf, has been given undue support from institutions in the country. The establishment is trying hard to make him the next Prime Minister. This is because they both seem to be on the same page, seeing that the role of the army in the formulation of foreign policies is concerned.
Four PMLN representatives addressed Reuters. They were told that they were being pressurized to switch their loyalty to opposing parties. On the other hand, newspapers flooded with allegations of military “engineering”. Reporters and the media are continuously claiming about growing censorship. Daniyal Aziz served as privatization minister for PMLN. He hinted at the intrusive behavior of the military in politics and upcoming elections. The Election Commission in Pakistan has also given undue roles to the army for holding elections. This is making the whole process debatable.