Khan emerges victorious in Pakistan’s elections but will not lead the government

Imran Khan’s supporters have won a majority of seats in the Pakistani elections, but they could be excluded from negotiating to form a government coalition. Army Chief Syed Asim Munir has emphasized the need for Pakistan to “break away from the policy of anarchy and polarization which is not befitting of a progressive country.” Despite this, Imran Khan’s party has exceeded expectations, with independent candidates supported by him winning at least 99 seats. Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), the expected favorite in the elections, obtained 71 seats, and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is third with 53 seats.

Imran Khan has released an AI-generated video claiming victory in the elections. In this video, he says “I congratulate all of you for winning the 2024 elections.” However, due to delays in counting and accusations of “pre-election fraud,” many believe that his victory was stolen from him. The closure of mobile phone and internet services by the authorities has also fueled doubts about the fairness of the elections.

In order to form a government coalition, all options remain open for the three main blocs. Nawaz Sharif invited other successful parties and candidates to work with his party, while Imran Khan’s party achieved unexpected success despite being excluded from appearing on ballot papers as independent candidates. The smaller parties won 27 seats in total and could attract the PTI’s attention in coming days.

The election campaign was marked by allegations of manipulation and marginalization against popular candidate Imran Khan, who is currently serving a prison sentence. On Friday, Washington and London expressed concerns about the conduct of the elections and protests took place in Peshawar, adding to these concerns.

By Editor

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