PESHAWAR, May 10,2013 (Sumeera Riaz / UPI Next) — The new government in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, to be led by the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, will face a formidable task in carrying out PTI’s promise to end terrorism and restore law and order, given the history of violence in the province.
With almost 45 percent of the province’s voters having turned out in last month’s landmark elections — compared to 34 percent in the previous elections in 2008 — PTI won the most votes. However, the party, led by former cricket star Imran Khan, only won 35 of the 99 seats. It will form a coalition government with religious party Jamaat-e-Islami and the Pashtun neo-nationalist Qaumi Watan Party, which each won seven seats, and independent candidates.
PTI campaigned heavily in the province, with the end of terrorism and restoration of law and order as a major plank in its platform, promising to hold talks with the Taliban to negotiate peace.