Pakistan's Imran Khan declares victory in election as opponents cry foul

Imran Khan wants to create a 'New Pakistan,' many fear more of the same

Former Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan has claimed victory in the Pakistan elections this afternoon. Not only are the voters apprehensive about it, analysts believe it would not result in the changes the PTI expects to bring in governance. In all likelihood, the contest seemed to head for a two-party battle between Khan's PTI and the incumbent PML-N of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose brother Shehbaz is leading its campaign. The process of voting was temporarily halted at a station in Upper Dir's NA-5 constituency after alleged rigging, in Larkana's NA-200 and PS-11 constituencies after an explosion.

Khan's party spokesman, Fawad Chaudhry, showed confidence as the early projections were broadcast, saying in a tweet "Congratulations to the nation on a new Pakistan!"

A hung parliament could also deadlock the country's politics with coalition horse-trading and weaken the mandate of any new prime minister.

"I anticipate the debate over rigging will occupy the political elite for some time", she said.

However, the people inside the premises of the polling stations before the door closing time are allowed to cast their votes, the ECP official said.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), around 12,027 candidates are in the run for the national and provincial assembly seats.

Pakistanis started casting votes in the country's one-day general elections commenced on Wednesday morning, which would elect the members of the National Assembly, the lower house of the country's parliament, and of the four provincial assemblies.

Sharif was ousted from power previous year and jailed over a corruption conviction days before the vote, removing Khan's most risky rival.

On Wednesday, a suicide bombing near a polling station in Quetta killed at least 31 people. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Imran Khan wants to create a 'New Pakistan,' many fear more of the same
PTI leads in Pak election 2018 results

The comments came as political parties in Pakistan, including the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, too raised allegations that the election was manipulated and rigged in PTI chief Khan's favour.

The military deployed 350,000 troops at the 85,000 polling stations.

"This is the warning bell of a serious threat", said PPP senator Sherry Rehman. We are not being provided certified results by the election commission.

TEHRAN -Millions of people flocked polling stations on Wednesday to cast their votes in the violence-marred, bitterly-contested general election, which will see a democratic transition of power, only the second time in the country's chequered political history.

Let us have a look at the life and political career of the bold cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan, who campaigned immensely on the creation of "new Pakistan".

"I ask everyone today - be a citizen, cherish this country, worry about this country, use your vote".

Yet there have been widespread concerns during the election campaign about manipulation by the military, which has directly or indirectly ruled Pakistan for most of its existence. This has also affected the traditional election fervour. "My inspiration is to introduce that system of humanity in Pakistan, where all the people - our laborers, farmers and other weak segments - have equal rights", Khan maintained. The country is facing a severe debt crisis and is expected to seek an International Monetary Fund bailout in the autumn.

According to sources, PTI has got slight edge over PML-N as the voting patterns suggest.

Khan has staunchly denied allegations by PML-N that he is getting help from the military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half of its history and still sets key security and foreign policy.

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