PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif, who was the prime ministerial candidate of his party after the jailing of his brother Nawaz Sharif in a corruption case, rejected the election results, alleging "blatant" rigging. He did not say who he believes could have rigged the polls, but allegations of manipulating the elections have been made against the country's influential military.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani lost to PTI's Mohammad Ibrahim in Multan's Shujabad constituency. Asad Murtaza Gilani, former PM’s nephew, won the seat in 2002. Murtaza died during a stampede while on Hajj in 2015, following which Gilani decided to fight from the seat. According to local media, some political observers believed that Gilani would look for sympathy votes in Murtaza's name. However, his attempt seems to have gone in vain with Imran Khan's PTI inching close to form the next government in Pakistan. On the other hand, Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed seems to have been rejected by Pakistani voters as none of the candidates associated with extremism in past have leads.
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Khan said his guiding principles will be the same adopted by the last Prophet in setting up one of the
In his speech that was broadcast live via video link, PTI chief Imran Khan today declared victory and promised to make Pakistan's institutions stronger under which everyone will be held accountable.
"First, I will be subjected to accountability, then my ministers and so on. Today we are behind (other countries) because there is a separate system for those in power and a separate one for ordinary citizens," Khan said, as he promised to end the VIP culture and convert the existing PM House into an educational institution.
He also vowed to improve the governance and overcome the economic challenges faced by Pakistan.
The Delay in Results | The inordinate delay in declaring the results of Pakistan's general election was today blamed on a new Android-based mobile application technology tried by the poll authority. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had deployed a new system called the Result Transmission System (RTS) to ensure swift result transmission from polling stations in Wednesday's elections. The application was manufactured by the National Database and Registration Authority and it was supposed to enable presiding officers to transmit result to returning officers and to the election commission in real-time.
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A report states that the immediate priority for the new government has to be to correct the economic imbalances.
Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Farooq praises Imran Khan's call for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir crisis.
Welcome the statement of PTI chief @ImranKhanPTI calling for resolution of #Kashmir dispute through dialogue in view of huge human cost of this long standing dispute especially being borne by the people of Kashmir. Hope the two neighbors give real peace a chance!— Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (@MirwaizKashmir) July 26, 2018
Tally so far | Pakistan's National Assembly comprises a total of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected whereas the rest - 60 seats reserved for women and 10 for religious minorities - are selected later through proportional representation among parties with more than five per cent of the vote. Imran Khan’s PTI has won 115 seats so far, followed by Shehbaz Sharif’s PML-N that has won 60 till now. Bilawal Bhutto’s PPP has won 40 and the Others, including Independents, have claimed a substantial number so far – 51 seats.
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New Delhi: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf emerged as the single largest party, said on Thursday that Pakistan is ready to improve its ties with India and the blame game between the two neighbours, detrimental to the sub-continent, should come to a stop.
Mahesh Kumar Malani of Pakistan Peoples Party today became the first Hindu to win the National Assembly seat from Tharparkar in southern Sindh province. Malani, the 55-year-old minority community leader, defeated his nearest rival Arab Zakaullah of the Grand Democratic Alliance in the NA-222 constituency. He secured 37,245 votes while Zakaullah received 18,323 votes, the Express Tribune reported.
For Pakistani cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan, his party's first place in a national election, putting him on the brink of becoming the country's next prime minister, is the culmination of a battle that started more than two decades ago. For years, he was dismissed as a political dilettante who could not convert his personal popularity into significant seats in parliament for the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Movement for Justice, he founded. But Wednesday's election has dramatically changed that, putting the former sports star on the brink of power. With nearly half the votes counted, PTI held a commanding lead and Khan declared victory in a speech on Thursday, writes Reuters.
Imran Khan, who is set to become Pakistan's premier, today said he will not live in the official residence of the prime minister and the "lavish" house will be converted into a public space like an educational institution. The 65-year-old chief of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party promised to make Pakistan free of the perpetual rich-getting-richer and poor-getting-poorer cycle and said that "change has to come from the top."
"Our government will decide what we will do with PM House. I would be ashamed to live in such a lavish house. That house will be converted into an educational institution or something of the sort for the welfare of the people," he said. "I will live humbly," he said, promising to end the VIP culture.
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New Delhi: In her book, Reham Khan talks a great deal about her ex-husband Imran Khan's anguish over the 2014 Azadi March and how he felt that it was about time that he was "given the prize".
Benazir Bhutto's daughter Bakhtawar takes to Twitter to slam the election commission over pending results.
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Growing up in the 80s and the 90s, my greatest idol and hero was Imran Khan. But what transpired in the last few months made me decide that I have to cast my vote against him at all costs.
Bollywood actor and a favourite on Twitter, Rishi Kapoor congratulated Imran Khan for his speech and said that he has been saying the exact same things that Khan said in his address.
Well spoken Imran Khan. I have been saying whatever you said on all channels past two days regarding India-Pakistan! I hope you succeed in making your “Mulk” have good relations with my “Mulk” pic.twitter.com/YCe741vW22— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) July 26, 2018
Historian Ramchandra Guha comments on Imran Khan's speech.
Just hearing Imran Khan say his model state existed in Medina in the seventh century. Wonder how far further back our rulers will now want to take us.— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) July 26, 2018
Stop 'venomous propaganda', Pakistan foreign office to Indian media | Pakistan on Thursday denounced what it called an uproar triggered by the Indian media over general elections in Pakistan and asked the neighbouring country to focus on its internal affairs. Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that elections are a part of the democratic process and the Indian media must focus on its internal matters. He urged India to stop propagating "venomous propaganda" against Pakistan. Faisal said that the position of any leading party must be accepted in the wake of the election results, reports IANS.
Former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis praises Imran Khan for his speech.
Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen reacts to Imran Khan's speech as the Pakistan PM-designate.
Imran Khan wants Pakistan to become 7th century's Medina. Good that military will rule, not him. Hope he will not be allowed to drag the country to hell.— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) July 26, 2018
Union minister RK Singh says things doesn't change for India with the election of Imran Khan.
I don't see any change because as far as India is concerned, the important matters like export of terrorism by them, are not going to change. Military used to decide this policy & they'll do it now as well: Union Minister RK Singh on #PakistanElections2018 trends in favour of PTI pic.twitter.com/zgNNmpKeSg— ANI (@ANI) July 26, 2018
As per ECP our final count is 6,109 votes in PS-111 and we stand at 5th behind PTI, MMA, PPP, PMLN & ahead of MQM, PSP, GDA & TLP. We maintain that elections were not transparent and severe irregularities were noted. We don't blame any Party but ECP. We will contest this result: Jibran Nasir, human rights activist.
Pakistan is willing to improve its ties with India, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said today, asserting that the blame game between the two neighbours, detrimental to the sub-continent, should stop. "If they take one step towards us, we will take two, but at least need a start," 65-year-old Khan said in his first public address after leading his party to victory in the general elections held yesterday. Khan said Kashmir is the "core" issue between the two countries and it should be resolved through talks.
File photo of Imran Khan.
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