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

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Asim Munir, has emphasised the importance of stable governance and a unified government representing Pakistan’s diverse political landscape, according to a report by Dawn.
COAS Munir stated that elections and democracy are tools to serve the people rather than an end in themselves. He highlighted the need to move away from divisive politics and focus on the progress of the nation.
“The nation needs stable hands and a healing touch to move on from the politics of anarchy and polarisation, which do not suit a progressive country of 250 million people,” Dawn quoted Pak General Munir.
In his statement, General Munir called for political parties to demonstrate political maturity and unity, as the people of Pakistan have shown their trust in the Constitution. The unofficial provisional results indicate that independent candidates, largely supported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), are leading with 97 seats out of 241. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is the largest party with 72 seats, followed by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with 52 seats. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Jamiat-e-Ulami-Faizal (JUI-F), and Balochistan National Party (BNP) are expected to win 15, 3, and 2 seats respectively.
While the counting for the elections is still underway, former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan released a ‘victory speech’ in his AI-enabled voice, claiming the failure of the ‘London Plan’ by PML-N’s Nawaz Sharif and asserting his own victory in the general elections.
Nawaz Sharif aims to form a coalition government with past allies, including the PPP, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F), and MQM (Pakistan). A meeting in Lahore with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari solidified their plans.
Notably, both PPP and PML-N were part of the previous PDM administration that succeeded the PTI in 2022.
(With agency inputs)

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