15 Nov '11, 9am

Mixing the old with the new: Politics, new media and Imran Khan : by Umair Javed for ANI @umairjav

Islamabad, Nov.15 (ANI): Picture this: A rundown tea-stall with wooden benches; an archaic 14-inch Sony television resting on a grimy shelf 6 feet from the ground; a huddled bunch of middle-aged, shawl covered men, sipping tea; nodding, gesturing, talking. One of them in the middle of a monologue, drawing sounds of approval from some in the crowd, disdain from others. "My cousin's brother-in-law told me that the general elections are going to be held in March next year." "But Shah jee, elections are scheduled for 2013, why would the PPP government hold them next year?" "Oho Sheikh sahib, the fellow who told me is quite close to Mian Nawaz Sharif. Bazaar garam honay laga hai..." (the political climate is warming up). Since the movement against Pakistan's first army dictator, General Ayub Khan, and subsequently, the first general elections in 1970, corner meetings, tea-stall...

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