Cricket world toasts to Imran Khan-led PTI’s victory in elections

Cricket world toasts to Imran Khan-led PTI’s victory in elections

In the wake of Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) massive victory in the general elections, cricketing stars lent their support and congratulated the party chief.

But, PTI's opponents including former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party, and the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) which is led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, have claimed that large scale voter fraud has taken place and that they have strong reservations about the results of the elections.

Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and rival Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) both said their party monitors at many voting centres were either kicked out during counting or had not received the official notifications of the precinct's results, instead being given handwritten tallies they could not verify.

Unofficial projections by various local media outlets showed Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party enjoyed a clear lead.

Wednesday's elections were meant to be a rare democratic transition from one civilian government to another in the young, nuclear-armed country which has been ruled by the military for roughly half its history.

"God has given me a chance to come to power to implement that ideology which I started 22 years ago", Khan, 65, said in a televised speech from his house near the capital Islamabad.

"It is a sheer rigging. The way the people's mandate has blatantly been insulted, it is intolerable", PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif's brother, told a news conference as the counting continued.

As of press time, India had no comment on the Pakistan election in the absence of an official declaration of the results.

Khan offered to investigate all the claims of rigging and said he wants to "unite" the country under his leadership.

But Pakistan's election commission has rejected the allegations as baseless and said that the election was organized in a free and transparent manner.

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Supporters of Pakistani politician Imran Khan. The results had been due by around 2100 GMT on Wednesday. He said 82 per cent of the results were in. "We are stuck at square one", he said.

"The surprisingly high seat total for PTI, even as the votes continue to be counted, will be enough to trigger the suspicions of the PPP and PML-N", said Michael Kugelman, an analyst at the Wilson Center in Washington.

During the broadcast, Khan vowed to tackle corruption that was "eating our country like a cancer".

Pakistan's election monitoring body and the European Union's were scheduled to deliver their assessments of the conduct of the election on Friday. Not a one-way relationship as there needs to be balance. Geo News quoted him as saying.

Khan also said he wants deepen ties with old ally Beijing and emulate China's success in reducing poverty.

The stock market shot up almost two percent in early trading on relief that Khan was expected to be able to form a stable coalition.

During his campaign, he promised an "Islamic welfare state" and cast his populist campaign as a battle to topple a political elite.

During the broadcast, Khan vowed to tackle corruption that was "eating our country like a cancer" and touched on promises to balance relations with the U.S. that would be "beneficial" for both countries.

" I feel that this election has been the fairest in Pakistan's history".

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