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Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan exudes confidence that his PTI party will overcome opposition from the military and more established political parties to win the next general election, expected in the fall.   © Photo by Rahat Dar
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Imran Khan tells Pakistan's military to stay out of politics as election nears

Ousted last year, former PM seeks to tap unrivaled popularity in looming confrontation with generals

ADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writer | Pakistan

LAHORE -- The street leading to Imran Khan's house, near Lahore's famous Canal Road, is barricaded by Punjab police checking documents. Next comes two layers of Khan's own private security detail, sporting shirts of the Special Services Group -- the commando force of the Pakistan army.

Khan, the once and possibly future prime minister of Pakistan, may be the most guarded private citizen in the country, as his supporters seek to protect him and the government seeks to isolate him. His house, which he now rarely leaves except for court appearances, is a palatial, white, two-story mansion dating from the era of Lahore's elite Hindu families, during the British Raj almost a century ago.

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