Crusader Khan Faces Daunting Task To Build 'New Pakistan'

Imran Khan, once ridiculed as "Imran Khan't" for his political struggles in Pakistan, now has the chance to show that he can, indeed, realize his dream of a "new Pakistan." By sweeping out the country's old political dynasties, Khan's victory in the July 25 national elections has made him the front-runner to become prime minister, and raised hopes for a new political direction. The former cricket star faces daunting obstacles, however. Corruption is entrenched, the country is in the grip of a mounting economic crisis, and the all-powerful army is bent on maintaining its oversize role in Pakistan's domestic and foreign affairs. The 65-year-old's choice of allies as he campaigned could also tie his hands, analysts say. Khan resorted to the tactics of patronage that he has previously condemned, courting powerful Pakistani elites who mobilized votes for him. Senior members of his Tehrik-e Insaf (PTI) party also include politicians he poached from rival parties.

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