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Pakistan’s Imran Khan wins vote as people wanted change: Analyst

Islamabad, Senior Pakistani analyst strongly believes that people of Pakistan voted for Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in general elections as they wanted to a see a change in the country.

In an interview with the Islamic News Agency (IRNA), Rahimullah Yusufzai said that people wanted to give PTI a chance as they have been making big promises.

PTI has emerged as the largest political party in Pakistan's general elections by securing a large number of the National Assembly seats and is likely to form next government in the country.

Expressing his views, Rahimullah Yusufzai said that holding the election was a big exercise, there were security issues, there were political issues, but all of these were overcome and the elections were held in a relatively peaceful environment despite the security concerns.

We actually did a lot better than what I have been excepting because the election have been held on time, he said.

The analyst said that the election turnout with more than 50 percent was appreciable, so Pakistan actually is becoming a stronger democracy over the years and 'we are seeing peaceful transition of power now for the third time'.

Rahimullah Yusufzai said that one of major reasons for the victory of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in the elections is that people wanted a change.

Earlier people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province voted for a change, but now after five long years, maybe there was an urge all over Pakistan that there should be a new leader and new party, he said.

The analyst said that people wanted to give PTI a chance as they have been making big promises, Imran Khan was not tested and tried, but he has a clean past, and his anti-corruption slogan actually also caught the imagination of many Pakistanis.

He added that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) during its five-year tenure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had also tried to do something for the betterment of the people of the province. Their performance may have not been excellent, but at least they tried, they tried to create a difference.'

He said that the youth of Pakistan played a vital role in the victory of PTI and are the real supporters of PTI and do not want to vote for the old faces and old parties.

'I don't expect any big change in foreign policy of Pakistan especially not in the beginning of the upcoming government,' Rahimullah Yusufzai added.

He said Imran Khan has never ruled the country and he does not have any kind of administrative foreign policy experience, so he will be dependent a lot on some people of his party and also he will be seeking lot of advice from the military because of the security aspects of the foreign policy.

I think the policy which is already in force will continue, for example the relations with the US, Imran Khan has already given a hint that we want an equal and mutually beneficial relationship, the analyst noted.

He added that Imran Khan has been critical of the US, especially on the steps taken by the US in the war against terrorism. He was critical of the US policy of using drones, so 'I think that will guide him in formulating' the foreign policy.

Rahimullah Yusufzai said that Imran Khan has already stated that Pakistan wants to work with the US to bring peace in Afghanistan.

He said that the policy being already followed by Pakistan on Afghanistan will also be Imran Khan's policy.

Pakistan says there has to be a political dialogue with Taliban and that I believe has already started, so I will not see anything new, but I expect Imran Khan to play a relatively bigger role than Nawaz Sharif in terms of foreign policy, he said.

The analyst said that Imran Khan in his first speech has mentioned, China, Iran, Afghanistan, the US, Saudi Arabia and India as he wanted to send a positive message to the important countries in the region.

He added that Imran Khan had stressed the importance of good relations with Iran in his speech while he also thanked Saudi Arabia for its support to Pakistan.

Imran Khan I think can play a role of a facilitator in the Middle East, the analyst viewed.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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