Pakistan must shift away from ‘anarchy and polarisation,’ says army chief

Feb 10, 2024

New Delhi: Pakistan Army Chief General Asim Munirstressed the importance of stable rule and a unified government representing pakistan diverse political landscapeAccording to a report by Dawn.
COAS Munir said elections and democracy are tools to serve the people rather than an end in itself. He highlighted the need to move away from divisive politics and focus on the progress of the country.
“The country needs steady hands and a healing touch to move ahead from the politics of anarchy and polarization, which is not suitable for a progressive country of 250 million people,” Dawn quoted Pak General Munir as saying.
In his statement, General Munir called on political parties to display political maturity and unity as the people of Pakistan have shown their faith in the Constitution. Unofficial provisional results indicate that independent candidates, largely supported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), are leading with 97 seats out of 241. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is the largest party with 72 seats. It is followed by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with 52 seats. Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Jamiat-e-Ulami-Fazal (JUI-F) and Balochistan National Party (BNP) are expected to win 15, 3 and 2 seats respectively.
While the counting of elections is still going on, former Prime Minister and founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan Released a 'victory speech' in his AI-enabled voice, claiming failure of PML-N's 'London Plan' Nawaz Sharif And are claiming their victory in the general elections.
Nawaz Sharif aims to form a coalition government with previous allies including PPP, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F), and MQM (Pakistan). A meeting with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari in Lahore solidified his plans.
Notably, both the PPP and PML-N were part of the previous PDM administration that succeeded PTI in 2022.
(with agency input)

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