What Coke Studio’s Hum Dekhenge Tells You About Pakistan’s Elections

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What Coke Studio’s Hum Dekhenge Tells You About Pakistan’s Elections

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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nation decides its fate today. A nation with deep links to India, carved out of the rib of the Indian subcontinent. A nation whose destiny can be summed up in a song.

As you’re reading this, close to 20 crore Pakistanis have voted to choose their next leader. They’re “spoiled” for choice, in the sense that there’s something rotten about every option. Former PM Nawaz Sharif – whose three children were named in the Panama Papers for owning undeclared, prime property in London – was arrested as soon as he returned to Pakistan. Not that this will cost him the election; Pakistan’s Supreme Court had already barred him from holding public office for not being sadiq (truthful) and ameen (righteous). So there’s a stand-in from his party, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz): Shehbaz Sharif.

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