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An Imran Khan premiership will threaten women and religious minorities

Pakistan’s new prime minister is not the liberal reformer you might think 

By Husna Rizvi  

Photo: Rana Sajid Hussain/Zuma Press/PA Images

The inauguration of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s new prime minister, which takes place on Saturday, should be a moment of celebration. The former cricket captain ran on an anti-corruption platform and his party, Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) or Movement for Justice, garnered support from a middle class frustrated with a landowning elite. When Khan takes office it will be the country’s second uninterrupted civilian transfer of power in its 70-year history.

In his victory speech, Khan promised to recreate the social egalitarian vision of the…

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