Pakistan: Imran Khan tackles sugar barons in push to hold on to power

Pakistan: Imran Khan tackles sugar barons in push to hold on to power

When Imran Khan was elected Pakistan’s prime minister in July 2018, he tasked his top adviser Jahangir Tareen with recruiting independent members of parliament to support him after failing to win an outright majority.

The sugar baron criss-crossed Pakistan in his private jet scooping up politicians one by one, flashing a winning smile as he welcomed them to the party alongside Mr Khan. His nationwide headhunt was immortalised in satirical memes that showed him leaping out of his luxury SUV to capture candidates and successfully recruiting others from Mars.

Mr Tareen’s horse-trading gave Mr Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, or the Movement for Justice, a razor-thin majority by the time the former cricket superstar was sworn in three weeks later, with many of the new recruits coming from the leading political families of Punjab, the country’s most populous province and heartland of the powerful sugar industry.  Conthttps://www.ft.com/content/0dcae657-3964-4951-8e63-bbaa86e1d893

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