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Pakistan’s Khan Demands Early Polls After By-Election Win

  • Punjab province was voting in by-elections to fill 20 seats
  • The win gives Khan an edge should early elections be called
Imran Khan at a protest rally against the inflation, political destabilisation and continued hikes in fuel prices, on July 2.
Imran Khan at a protest rally against the inflation, political destabilisation and continued hikes in fuel prices, on July 2.Photographer: Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images
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Former Pakistan premier Imran Khan called for early national elections after his party swept the by-elections in the country’s most populous state, underscoring the risks the government faces as it seeks a bailout from the International Monetary Fund. 

Khan was ousted in April following a protracted political drama that saw Shehbaz Sharif take over as prime minister. Since then Khan has held massive public rallies demanding the country head to the ballot ahead of the scheduled October 2023 dates. He’s now touting Sunday’s electoral win as a sign of popular support for his party.