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Afghan election workers transport ballot boxes on a trolley to be loaded on trucks for distribution ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for October 20.

On October 20, Afghans are scheduled to go to the polls for twice-delayed parliamentary elections. Despite security threats and concerns about access to polls and inadequate polling station technologies, the government plans to move forward.

What are the main challenges for the elections, how do Afghans feel about these polls, and what is at stake, particularly with an eye toward presidential elections scheduled for next year?

This latest episode of The AfPak File, a joint podcast of RFE/RL and the Wilson Center, features Co-Director of Afghanistan Analysts Network Kate Clark, Former Afghan Ambassador to France and Canada Omar Samad and The Wilson Center Senior Associate for South Asia Michael Kugelman, and is moderated by RFE/RL’s Media Manager, Muhammad Tahir, focuses on these questions and more.

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FILE: In July, Pakistani men sit near a poster of Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad.

Pakistan’s new government, which took office in August, has inherited a series of urgent economic challenges. These include plunging foreign reserves, a balance of payments crisis, and water and energy shortages. The new administration, led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, will need to move quickly.

The question is, how serious are these economic challenges right now? What is to be made of the government’s initial moves? What still needs to be done? And what are the political challenges that Islamabad will face as it tries to move forward on the economic front?

This latest episode of The AfPak File, a joint podcast of RFE/RL and the Wilson Center, features Dawn business editor Khurram Hussain and Wilson Center senior associate for South Asia Michael Kugelman, and is moderated by RFE/RL’s Media manager, Muhammad Tahir, focuses on these questions and more.

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Pakistan's Economy Under Imran Khan
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