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Pakistan election spat enters new stage as IMF cash remains elusive

Imran Khan slams decision to delay polls in defiance of court ruling

Supporters of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan stand guard outside his house in Lahore on March 21, following clashes with police that prevented his arrest last week.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's political turmoil delivered more twists this week as key provincial elections were postponed in defiance of a court order, following clashes between ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan's supporters and police.

The severe turbulence comes as Pakistan faces delays in accessing crucial assistance from the International Monetary Fund, further exacerbating the instability.

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