Imran Khan battles conspiracies and tradition in Pakistan election

Ex-cricketer inspires passion in voters, but must overcome strange state of affairs to win office

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Judging by reactions, many will vote for Khan, whose anti-corruption and social justice platform has attracted a broad church of supporters.

They came to create “hawa” – or atmosphere, in Urdu. On the streets of Javed Colony in Lahore, capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab, dozens of men wave green and red flags, amid honking motorbikes, jangling pop music and fervent cries of “Long live Imran Khan”. They’re hoping the show of strength will convince residents to back the former cricketer in next week’s general election.

Judging by reactions, many will vote for Khan, whose anti-corruption and social justice platform has attracted a broad church of supporters, ranging from religious conservatives to the so-called “burger class” of hip young urbanites. In between are the working-class voters in places like Javed, willing to take a punt on his boldly-scripted vision for a new Pakistan.

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