Pakistan parties vow to oppose Khan, say vote was 'rigged'

Pakistan parties vow to oppose Khan, say vote was 'rigged'

Khan's party on Sunday announced that it is trying to reach out to smaller parties and independents to form the next government.

The former global cricket star Imran Khan promises a "new Pakistan" as he claimed victory in the country's general election.

Imran's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as single largest party in general elections in the country, however, it fell just short of 137-majoirity mark in 272 constituencies.

In this regard, PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that many independent candidates were those who couldn't be allotted the PTI ticket due to which they contest on their own.

Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for Khan's party, said that with independents it has the support of 168 members of the national parliament.

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has urged Pakistan's soon-to-be prime minister Imran Khan to take "bold and positive" calls like the ones he had taken on the cricket field during his time as the captain of the Pakistan cricket team.

Activists from the Jamiat Ulema-e Islam party protest against alleged election rigging in Peshawar, Pakistan, on July 27, 2018.

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The Pakistani electronic media throughout the day yesterday kept on mentioning names of possible candidates for key government offices and possible members of the federal cabinet.

In its first response to Khan's victory, the Ministry of External Affairs had said it hoped Pakistan's new government would work for a terror-free South Asia.

European Union election observers expressed concerns that there was "a notable lack in equality of opportunity" in the vote, which was "not as good" as the country's previous election in 2013. They condemned the interference of "state agencies" in the election, a veiled reference to the military and intelligence apparatus.

The News newspaper and other local media reported PML-N was unlikely to form the government in Punjab, home to more than half of Pakistan's 208 million people and the powerbase of the Sharif family for more than three decades. He'll need the Pakistan Peoples' Party's help.

The $57 China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a series of port and rail improvements associated with China's One Belt One Road infrastructure push, has led to massive imports of Chinese equipment and materials, swelling Pakistan's current account deficit.

Shehbaz Sharif has said the vote count was rigged and vowed to offer evidence to the ECP.

It was after these calculations that the PTI leadership has now made a decision to reach out to other smaller groups and independents since the party has already declared that it will not join hands with the PPP and the PML-N.

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