Imran Khan declares victory in Pakistan

Hugh Fox
July 26, 2018

"What they have done has pushed Pakistan back 30 years ..."

"We totally reject this result", he said.

"People will not bear it", he added.

Pakistanis began voting in a historic third straight election ending a campaign marred by widespread allegations of manipulation that local and global rights group say imperils the country's wobbly transition to democratic rule.

Shahbaz Sharif - is the brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Khan's party spokesman, Fawad Chaudhry, tweeted: "Congratulations to the nation on a new Pakistan!"

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"Our polling agents are being kicked out".

In a WhatsApp message, the PML-N also claimed that security forces had taken over polling stations. He charged fraud and vowed not to accept the results, generating fears that disgruntled losers could delay the formation of the next government.

"This is the most important election in Pakistan's history", Khan, 65, said after casting his vote in the capital, Islamabad.

"When police tried to stop him he blew himself up", he told AFP. They are all saying the same things: "the established rules and procedures have not been followed, the army has kicked their polling agents out of the polling booths, and that they have been intimidated".

At least 32 people were killed and several injured mostly in a suicide bombing in Balochistan on Wednesday as millions of voters queued up across Pakistan to elect a new government.

"It is unlikely that a prime minister Imran Khan will act decisively against jihadis, given his sympathy for their cause but miracles can happen", Haqqani said.

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A majority of 137 seats is needed to form a government.

"Total voter turnout has been 55 percent", said the secretary ECP.

Confusion prevailed over the Pakistan general elections with the vote counting progressing at a tediously slow pace despite polling ended more than 12 hours ago.

The Pakistan Election Commission doesn't announce these results but the returning officers at each constituency report the numbers to Election Commission which gives the information to media. The PML-N leader is contesting the election from NA-129 in Lahore.

"Despite being imprisoned, I am witnessing your passion and listening to your chants to respect the vote", Sharif said Wednesday in a message to supporters from Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

There are 85,307 polling stations across Pakistan and more than 11,000 candidates are vying for 270 seats in parliament and 570 seats in four provincial assemblies. No one immediately claimed responsibility, but local officials were quick to blame the Islamic State group.

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Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan has declared victory for his party in Pakistan's historic elections, promising a "new" Pakistan.

Accusations of military interference: Wednesday's national election was dogged by accusations that Pakistan's powerful military was manipulating the election.

The PML-N says it is the target of the alleged military machinations.

For Khan and his PTI, the results are a vindication of a five-year anti-corruption struggle, with the party taking credit for Nawaz Sharif's disqualification last year and his imprisonment, along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (R) Muhammad Safdar.

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