Politics

The participation of minority religious groups in the July elections, including the first victory ever by a Hindu running for a general National Assembly seat, is a step in the right direction, observers say.

He spoke for more than an hour, repeating many of his campaign pledges to build an Islamic welfare state but also touching on problems rarely mentioned by Pakistani prime ministers such as child sex abuse and climate change.

Khan's government faces myriad challenges ranging from population growth to simmering extremism, but many are hoping he can steer the country in the right direction.

Imran Khan's PTI is in talks with independents and small parties to form a coalition government, while rival parties vow to launch a protest 'movement'.

The future of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party is now in question ahead of July 25 elections.

Residents of the tribal districts are hoping the democratic change will bring improved security, rule of law, economic development and durable peace.

If enacted, a new constitutional amendment would mainstream the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and merge it with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The transfer of power next month will mark only the second time in Pakistan's history that an elected government has completed its tenure.

Local residents have welcomed the army's pledge, which is seen as part of the government's strategy to address recent protests from the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement.

Pakistan celebrated its 70th year of independence in lavish displays of pride nationwide.

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