Imran Khan Wins Pakistan Elections Still 27 seats short of a majority, Khan will need to form a coalition government with the help of allies


IMRAN KHAN has won the elections with his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party emerging as the single largest party winning 110 seats of the 251 seats for which results have been declared by the Election Commission.

This leaves Imran Khan short by 27 seats to become the next prime minister of Pakistan and will need the support of allies to lead a coalition government.

Pakistan’s National Assembly has 272 seats with the majority mark at 137. Former PM Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has won 63 seats and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) has won 42.

It is the others who have won a significant 57 seats that the party will look up to stitch an alliance. Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper quoted PTI’s information secretary Fawad Chaudhry saying they would not seek any alliance with Zardari’s PPP or Sharif’s PML-N to form the government.

Chaudhry also said that over the next 48 hours, a number of independents would join the PTI. The assembly would have to be convened by August 15 to complete the formation of the government and the cabinet.

With this vote, the people of Pakistan are also hoping that a jinx will be broken this time: a prime minister completing a full tenure at the office. But allegations of ‘blatant’ vote rigging by Shehbaz Sharif, the brother of jailed former PM Nawaz Sharif and President of PML-N, has clouded the outcome.

In his address to journalists in Islamabad on Thursday, Imran Khan had offered to investigate the allegations of rigging and that his party will be happy to join the investigations.

The elections were held under the shadow of militant violence, allegations of interference and allegations of manipulation by the Army. The military has strongly denied charges of its interference in the country’s politics.

Khan had also brought up the issue of Kashmir and relations with India saying “Kashmiris are suffering for long. We have to solve Kashmir issue by sitting across the table, If India’s leadership is willing then the both of us can solve this issue through dialogue”.

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