Pakistan’s election sends the country into a deeper crisis


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Pakistan’s general election, held on Feb. 8, has plunged the country into an even deeper crisis than it already faced. The country’s all-powerful military leaders did not get the result they ostensibly sought: a clear victory for the conservative Pakistan Muslim League (PML) — the party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the generals’ one-time nemesis. Instead, Pakistani voters expressed their disenchantment with the entrenched establishment as well as with dynastic politics by voting for independents affiliated with the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) — the party of populist former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is currently in prison for corruption. 71-year-old...