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Elderly dates seller hopes for change ahead of Pakistani election

Pushing his bicycle carrying bunches of dates and black plums, 75-year-old peddler Haq Nawaz hopes for change at the upcoming July 25 election in Pakistan.

For half a century, Nawaz has been cultivating the land of his landlord in Bahawalpur in winter, traveling to Islamabad, Rawalpindi and nearby towns in the summer to sell dates and black plums plucked from trees in his ancestral home.

Nawaz has witnessed governments come and go since military dictator President General Ayub Khan took power in the 1950s — and he reckons the situation has been going downhill since then.

This time Nawaz says he is going to vote for former cricket star Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, or Pakistan Justice Movement) party.

Although a majority of Khan’s followers are youths, Khan plan to establish “one system of justice, reduce poverty, and elevate the living standards of the poor,” has found favor with large portions of the working classes as well.

Nawaz hopes Khan’s promised ‘Naya Pakistan’ (New Pakistan) will bring better times for him.

“Let us see if he can do something for us,” he said.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court last year and sentenced this month to 10 years in prison for corruption.

National polls indicate a close race between the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, with the Pakistan Peoples Party in third place.

Elderly dates seller hopes for change ahead of Pakistani election

Elderly dates seller hopes for change ahead of Pakistani electionPushing his bicycle carrying bunches of dates and black plums, 75-year-old peddler Haq Nawaz hopes for change at the upcoming July 25 election in Pakistan.For half a century, Nawaz has been cultivating the land of his landlord in Bahawalpur in winter, traveling to Islamabad, Rawalpindi and nearby towns in the summer to sell dates and black plums plucked from trees in his ancestral home.Nawaz has witnessed governments come and go since military dictator President General Ayub Khan took power in the 1950s — and he reckons the situation has been going downhill since then.This time Nawaz says he is going to vote for former cricket star Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, or Pakistan Justice Movement) party.Although a majority of Khan's followers are youths, Khan plan to establish "one system of justice, reduce poverty, and elevate the living standards of the poor," has found favor with large portions of the working classes as well.Nawaz hopes Khan's promised 'Naya Pakistan' (New Pakistan) will bring better times for him."Let us see if he can do something for us," he said.Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court last year and sentenced this month to 10 years in prison for corruption.National polls indicate a close race between the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, with the Pakistan Peoples Party in third place.

Posted by NTV Houston on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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