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Imran Khan’s Street Politics Sets Up Showdown With Army

  • Khan faces a terrorism complaint for criticizing officials
  • The powerful army is divided over support for the former PM
Imran Khan speaks to supporters at a rally in Lahore, Pakistan, on Aug. 13.
Imran Khan speaks to supporters at a rally in Lahore, Pakistan, on Aug. 13.Photographer: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images
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Pakistan’s military-backed establishment faces a dilemma: The more they seek to boot Imran Khan out of politics, the greater the risk he becomes even more popular.

Since his ouster in a no-confidence vote in April, Khan has sought to rally his supporters in the world’s fifth-most populous country to hit the streets and push for a fresh national vote. The campaign has been paying off lately, with Khan’s party winning key by-elections.