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Pakistan's military has swayed many elections. Now it's going full tilt

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Tucked away on a patch of dying grass on the outskirts of Islamabad, a political rally lacked the usual fanfare. Two dozen men sat in silence. There were no campaign posters or microphones. The candidate, Aamir Mughal, had gone into hiding due to a military-led crackdown on his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). As Pakistan heads to the polls, the military is using tactics to weaken and eliminate PTI, including detaining and forcing candidates to denounce the party. The military’s intervention in the election is making it one of the least credible in Pakistan’s history.