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Published On: Sat, Jul 28th, 2018

PAK: Imran Khan is set to become the next PM

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Imran-28ISLAMABAD : 65-year-old Imran Khan, the flamboyant cricketer-turned-politician, is set to become the next prime minister of Pakistan with his PTI emerging as the single largest party with 116 seats, but falling short of a majority.
India today expressed hope that the new government of Pakistan will work constructively to build a safe, stable, secure and developed south Asia free of terror and violence.”India desires a prosperous and progressive Pakistan at peace with its neighbours,” the foreign ministry also said.
Ties between India and Pakistan have nose-dived in the last few years over cross-border terrorism. Relations worsened after terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups on several military bases in India.New Delhi has been maintaining that Pakistan must stop terror activities from its soil for any meaningful talks between the two countries to resolve the outstanding issues.imran-khan-28
Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly today with its candidates winning 76 seats and leading in 43 others according to the latest unofficial results and trends in the parliamentary polls, amid rival political parties’ claim of “blatant” rigging.
 Jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won 43 seats and was leading in 20 constituencies while Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led by former president.
Asif Ali Zardari won 18 seats and its candidates were leading in 19 seats. A single party will need at least 137 of the directly elected seats to be able to form the government on its own.

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) — an alliance of traditional religious parties such as Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan and Tehreek-e-Jafaria — and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were leading in eight seats each.
In the eastern city of Lahore, capital of Punjab province and the country’s political heartland, PTI supporters rejoiced by waving flags and raising party slogans as results trickled in after the voting yesterday. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) officially announced the first result at 4.00am.
While final results are expected in the coming hours, initial outcomes show that the Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday emerged as the single largest party in the July 25 general elections, winning 116 National Assembly seats out of the contested 270 parliamentary constituencies, according to the election commission’s final results.
The PTI is on the top with 16,857,035 votes, followed by the PML-N with 12,894,225 and the PPP with 6,894,296 votes. The independent candidates with 6,011,297 votes are the fourth largest group in terms of votes cast, it said. The final announcement of the results has been marred by delays, causing anger among the leaders of losing parties that levelled allegations of fraud.
Jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with 64 seats and former President Asif Ali Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) with 43 seats are placed at number two and three respectively, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said.
The Muttahida Majlis-e-Aml Pakistan (MMAP) came fourth with 13 seats, it said. Thirteen independent candidates have also won and would play an important role as the PTI needs their support to form a government.
The Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQMP), which ruled the city for decades, managed to get just six seats.The ECP has also released the total votes each political party got in the elections.
The PTI is on the top with 16,857,035 votes, followed by the PML-N with 12,894,225 and the PPP with 6,894,296 votes. The independent candidates with 6,011,297 votes are the fourth largest group in terms of votes cast, it said. Among the religious parties, the MMAP got 2,530,452 votes, the Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan 2,191,679 and the Allah-o-Akhbar Tehreek 171,441 votes, the ECP said.
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