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OkNearly three dozen males run by means of a residential space in Islamabad at nighttime, shouting “Long live Imran Khan.” This is how depressed it seems when the previous prime minister's get together is campaigning in Pakistan. Two years in the past, Khan was nonetheless in energy. Now he’s in jail, his get together is in ruins. “The police are working against us,” says Shoaib Shaheen.

Friederike Böge

Political correspondent for Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan based mostly in Ankara.

He is Khan's lawyer, get together spokesman and candidate on this Thursday's parliamentary elections. The slight lawyer organized the small marketing campaign march in Rawa Town, a residential space within the Pakistani capital. “Whenever we hold an event, the police come and arrest or intimidate our supporters,” he says. “Business people who support us are threatened that their companies will be shut down.” According to Shaheen, all of that is supposed to create hopelessness among the many supporters of the Movement for Justice (PTI) in order that they don’t vote within the first place. However, the police are nowhere to be seen that night.