Pakistan (MNN) — Ousted former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, saw his party win a crucial election this week. His PTI party won 15 of 20 seats in the Punjab provincial assembly.
Khan has called for new elections to be held in October, hoping to regain power.
Nehemiah with FMI says, “Mr. Khan’s strategy has been very, very effective in propagating the narrative that the military establishment colluded with local politicians and foreign powers to topple his government. And they have mentioned the United States of America.”
Nehemiah says crowds of people have taken to the streets, protesting against Western powers and in support of Khan.
But a severe financial crisis in the country has made his opponents even more unpopular. Fuel shortages shut down nearly one-quarter of Pakistan’s electrical power.
Nehemiah blames external debt and inflation. “Terrorism is also one of the major reasons for this chaotic financial and political crisis in Pakistan. The country’s foreign exchange reserves have rendered only $9.8 billion dollars, just enough for five weeks’ worth of imports. We are almost the same on the road map Sri Lanka followed.”
“The situation in Pakistan is not better than the situation in Sri Lanka.”
Inflation hits impoverished Christians the hardest. You can support them through FMI.
Pakistani Christians have been pushed into the margins of society, Nehemiah says, forced to work dirty and dangerous jobs. “So most of the time, they have nothing to do with the politics or elections. They are already so busy with their everyday life, earning a single piece of bread for their family.”
The header photo shows for Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. (Photo courtesy of Financial Times, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)