Pakistan Elections: Imran Khan Claims Victory Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party has a clear lead and no official announcement has been made on the final results


CRICKET legend-turned-politician Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party are claiming victory while still leading the official ‘slow’ vote count after polling ended yesterday to elect a new prime minister and its third straight civilian government.

Addressing the media in Islamabad, Imran Khan 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”.

With trends pointing to a healthy tally and just short of the majority mark, Imran Khan is set to become the next prime minister of a country which has been ruled by its army for most of its coup-ridden 71-year history.

According to the data available from the Election Commission and carried by Dawn, PTI is leading at 119 seats in the 272-member house with the majority mark at 137.

Disgraced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is leading at 61 seats, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) at 38 and others tally at 56.

This leaves 65-year-old Khan with a clear edge to form the next government amidst allegations of fraud by his opponents, a charge denied by the Election Commission.

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.

The slow vote count and the delay in announcing the final results are also adding to the suspense. Pakistan’s Election Commission has attributed the delay to a “technical glitch”.

This election has seen 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.

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