Why Imran Khan as Pakistan PM is a concern for India
Why Imran Khan as Pakistan PM is a concern for India
Imran Khan may have early lead in Pakistan elections, unofficial results show
26 July, 2018, 18:31
The victor will face a crumbling economy and bloodshed by militants whose latest attack saw a suicide bomber kill 31 people outside a polling station.
Shahbaz, who is hoping to become the next prime minister after the jailing of his brother and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a corruption case, warned his party would launch protests against the alleged rigging. As Mike Armstrong explains, the election results could have wider repercussions for the region.
Counting of votes are still underway for the general election amid allegations of poll-rigging and manipulation (both PTI and the Election Commission of Pakistan have rejected these claims, terming the elections free and fair).
Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zadari, 29, expressed similar concerns on Twitter.
As many as 12,570 candidates are contesting for a total of 849 seats of national and provincial assemblies in the general election.
"The delay is being caused because the result transmission system has collapsed".
Sharif's PML-N has condemned the legal cases facing its members, and reported pressures to leave the party along with harassment to prevent it from returning to power after its absolute majority in 2013.
A supporter of Imran Khan releases fireworks to celebrate projected unofficial results of the Pakistan election.
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Up to 800,000 police and troops were stationed at more than 85,000 polling stations across the country, after a string of attacks targeting political events in the final weeks of the campaign killed more than 180 people.
A third party, the Pakistan Peoples Party headed by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari - son of slain prime minister Benazir Bhutto - could be called upon to form a coalition with any victor.
"The 2013 election, all the parties said it was rigged".
His party emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly elections, amid rival political parties' claim of "blatant" rigging in the counting.
Khan, 65, campaigned on populist promises to build a "New Pakistan" and vowed to eradicate corruption, clean up the environment and construct an "Islamic welfare" state. Among those making the accusations was PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted as prime minister after a Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Papers investigation previous year.
The PML-N president also said reports were received from different parts of the country that results were not being given on Form 45. Elections were also held on Wednesday for four provincial assemblies-Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Wednesday's election will be only the second civilian transfer of power in Pakistan's 71-year history. The army has also dismissed allegations of meddling in the election.
Khan has staunchly denied allegations by PML-N that he is getting help from the military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half of its history and still sets key security and foreign policy in the nuclear-armed nation.
Sharif, 68, was removed by presidential decree in 1993, in a military coup in 1999, and past year by the Supreme Court, which ordered his corruption trial.
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Pakistani election officials receive ballot boxes and voting materials at a distribution centre in Peshawar on July 24, 2018. Authorities have ordered the deployment of more than 800,000 troops and police to guard polling stations across the country.
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