How will the Pakistan election results impact India?
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The results for Pakistan elections which took place today will be announced a day after on Thursday.
The results which will decide the new leader in the country will not only effect Pakistan but will also impact India.
What will the Pakistan elections mean for India?
Whether it is PML-N's Shehbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz Sharif or Imran Khan -the so called army puppet, their ties with PM Modi would be watched keenly.
Nawaz Sharif was probably the best prime minister for India's neighbour. As a leader he repeatedly challenged the army and wanted to mend fences with India.
Nawaz had a personal friendly relation with PM Modi. Modi even made a surprise visit to Lahore to meet his Pakistani counterpart and also touched Sharif's mother's feet to take her blessings.
Nawaz would have certainly been the ideal prime minister for New Delhi.
The relationship between the two leaders could have made it easier for India to try and resolve issues with its neighbour. But with Nawaz Sharif's conviction, that scenario will not turn into reality.
But if PML-N does come back to power, Shebaz Sharif will be their prime ministerial face. He is known to toe his brother's line on normalising relations with India.
On June 12, right after the Trump-Kim meeting, Shehbaz Sharif had suggested that India and Pakistan resume talks.
However, in the unlikely event of a win, the PML-N is unlikely to challenge the army. In fact, Shehbaz Sharif is known to be more accomodative of the army as compared to his brother Nawaz. So, in most probability, there will be status quo if the incumbent party returns.
The other option and if exit polls are to believed the more probable one is that Imran Khan will be the next prime minister of Pakistan.
If Imran succeeds and becomes prime minister, the cricketer turned politician will manage to break the decades-old dominance of the Bhuttos and Sharifs in Pakistan's politics.
The youth and the middle class have come out in strong numbers to support Imran Khan.
What works for him is his reputation as Pakistan's only world cup winning captain. Imran Khan's philanthropic record of building hospitals and providing cancer treatment to poor adds credibility to his campaign.
In an interview to WION ahead of polling, Imran Khan admitted that Pakistan's sinking economy is its biggest problem. He blamed weak institutions, dropping revenue numbers and corruption for it.
What worries Pakistan's watchers is Imran Khan's bent towards the far right.
Khan sparked controversy after he backed the death sentence for those convicted under the blasphemy law.
Imran Khan has been criticised for going soft on extremism.
He has denied claims that Pakistan is providing safe havens to terrorists.
As a result of Imran Khan's hardline stance, minorities in Pakistan are wary of him.
There is a fear that Imran Khan's ascend to power will deepen sectarian divides, empower radical groups and provoke more violence in Pakistan.
What would his victory mean for India?
Firstly, the Indian government will have to deal with a completely unknown politician, a man who is a far cry from a seasoned politician like Sharif. Khan has been his country's sporting superstar, but never held a position of power.
Secondly, Imran Khan has blamed the Indian government for ruining ties between the two countries.
The cricketer turned politician says that India's current dispensation often makes Pakistan a scapegoat when it comes to Kashmir.
During his campaigning, Imran raked up the issue of Kashmir time and again.
Even on the day of voting, he targeted India and the Indian media saying he was being targeted by the media in India as he was a nationalist Pakistani.
But Imran is also known to be a player of convenience. While talking about Pakistan's economy, he had pitched resuming trade ties with India to fill their coffers.
A politician who could use India for his country's gain could spell trouble for the Indian government.