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PM Modi Dials Imran Khan, Talks Of 'Peace' And 'Development' In Region

Elections agency says Imran Khan won Pakistan's election, but needs a coalition Pakistan election marred by allegations of election rigging
Leonard Rios | 31 July, 2018, 23:05

"(PML-N) would play the role of a strong opposition", said Shehbaz Sharif, the PML-N president and brother of Nawaz Sharif, according to the English-language Dawn newspaper.

On Saturday Khan opened coalition talks with at least one smaller party and independent politicians, a spokesman said, after the announcement of the full results of the election.

The prime minister in waiting, World Cup cricket hero Khan faces a hard road ahead as his relatively inexperienced party grapples with an economy inching toward crisis and security issues on Pakistan's borders.

The former worldwide cricket star Imran Khan promises a "new Pakistan" as he claimed victory in the country's general election. There are 13 independents who have won the NA seats.

Khan had floated his party in 1996 but one of the most loved cricketers found it hard to emulate his success in politics.

This was the first conversation between the two leaders after the results of the July 25 elections in Pakistan were announced.

In August 2014, to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, the PTI started a long march ending with a sit-in at D-Chowk.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned against providing an International Monetary Fund bailout for Pakistan's new government that includes funding to pay off Chinese lenders.

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Further, the PTI leader urged Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) Maulana Fazlur Rehman to not boycott parliament.

It had been dubbed "Pakistan's dirtiest election" but for now, Khan's victory represents an end to decades of rotating leadership between the PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) that was punctuated by periods of military rule. He said, "We neither offered them money nor positions".

Gahler said European Union observers had not witnessed any military interference in polling stations they assessed.

The biggest loser in these elections has been the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the former governing party that saw its parliamentary power reduced to 64 seats.

Other parties which will have representation in the NA are the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) with three members, and Jamhoori Watan Party, Awami National Party and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaniyat with one seat each.

The Allahu Akbar Tehreek party of Hafiz Saeed, who is accused of masterminding the 2008 attacks that killed 166 people in the Indian city of Mumbai, did not win a single seat.

"PML-N is a peaceful national political party and fear & intimidation can't suppress our rights", Sharif tweeted.

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