Pakistan cricket hero turned politician ‘Imran Khan has claimed victory’ in the country’s tense general election marred by allegations of “blatant” rigging by rival parties.

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07:55 PM (IST) Final results will be declared within the next 24 hours, says Pakistan poll panel

 

07:49 PM (IST) Free and fair elections have been conducted. Turnout has been impressive. We will share the numbers tomorrow: Election Commission of Pakistan

 

06:08 PM (IST) Imran Khan on Kashmir

 

06:03 PM (IST) Imran concludes his address by thanking the people of Pakistan

 

05:59 PM (IST) India and Pakistan need to resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue: Imran Khan

 

05:58 PM (IST) Imran on ties with India

 

05:57 PM (IST) We must maintain trade ties with India: Pakistan

 

05:56 PM (IST) India’s media portrayed me as a villain straight out of a Bollywood movie: Imran Khan

 

05:55 PM (IST) Imran says Pakistan will improve ties with Afghanistan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia

05:55 PM (IST) We will work towards ensuring open borders with Afghanistan: Imran

 

05:54 PM (IST) Corruption has been the biggest deterrent in Pakistan: Imran

 

05:53 PM (IST) We must learn from China, especially the way it cracked down on corruption: Imran

 

05:52 PM (IST) We will strengthen ties with our neighbor China: Imran Khan

 

05:51 PM (IST) We want to set an example that the law will be supreme in Pakistan: Imran Khan

 

05:49 PM (IST) We will not let anyone face political victimization: Imran Khan

 

05:49 PM (IST) We want the kind of institutions that will ask Imran Khan and his ministers’ questions. Accountability will begin with us and then trickle down: PTI chief

 

05:48 PM (IST) I don’t think any leader has seen as many personal attacks as I have seen in the past 3 years: Imran Khan

 

05:48 PM (IST) The ruling elite used to spend money on itself, indulged in money laundering activities: Imran Khan

05:46 PM (IST) Imran Khan says the whole focus of his party is on human development, criticizes misrule under the previous government

 

05:45 PM (IST) We don’t give our children the opportunities to excel. 2.5 crore kids are out of school in our country; this is more than the population of some countries: Imran Khan

 

05:45 PM (IST) Imran praises China’s poverty alleviation scheme

 

05:17 PM (IST) Imran Khan to address the people of Pakistan shortly

Pakistani media reported today.

01:03 PM (IST) Imran Khan supporters celebrate as Pakistan faces electoral chaos, reports AFP.

Pakistan is gripped by electoral chaos with the outgoing ruling party denouncing “blatant rigging” in the pivotal general election and rejecting unofficial, partial results suggesting a victory for former cricket champion Imran Khan. Results are still being tallied, hours after Khan’s supporters took to the streets to celebrate victory in election opponents have said the powerful military rigged in his favor. Local media says roughly half the votes have been counted more than 17 hours after polls closed, an unprecedented delay that has fuelled widespread fears over the legitimacy of the exercise. But newspapers and television channels are predicting victory for Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, with the partial results giving him at least 100 seats so far in the National Assembly, the lower house. A majority of 137 seats is needed to form a government.

01:01 PM (IST) Upset for PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif expected as PTI leads in Karachi’s NA-249, reports Dawn.

12:42 PM (IST) Meanwhile, Jemima Goldsmith congratulates Imran Khan on Twitter

12:19 PM (IST) PTI’s Imran Khan leads with 24,317 votes in Bannu and MMA’s Akram Khan Durrani follows with 22,514, reports Dawn news.

 

12:01 PM (IST) This election will mark only the second civilian transfer of power in Pakistan’s 71-year history, and comes at a time when relations with on-off ally the United States are volatile.

11:44 AM (IST) Imran Khan edges closer to power, opponents cry foul Imran Khan inched closer to power todaay after a general election that has been marred by long delays in ballot counting and claims of rigging by opponents. With nearly half the votes counted from Wednesday’s election, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Movement for Justice, was in a commanding lead in the nuclear-armed, Muslim nation. With 48 per cent of the total vote counted, Khan’s PTI was listed by the ECP in its provisional results as leading in 113 of 272 contested National Assembly constituencies. Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was ahead in 64 constituencies, and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), led by the son of assassinated two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto, led in 42 constituencies.

11:30 AM (IST) Pakistan shares, rupee open firm as election results eyed

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) secretary Babar Yaqoob told reporters he could not set an exact deadline for release of the complete results, but it would be as soon as possible. With Imran Khan leading in a partial count, the benchmark index was up 1.6 percent at 42,023.57 by 0542 GMT, giving up some of its gains shortly after the opening, when it was up as much as 1.9 percent. In spot trade, the currency was 0.1 percent stronger against the US dollar.

 

 

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