Will the ‘Sultan of Swing’ be the New ‘King’ of Pakistan?

Will the ‘Sultan of Swing’ be the New ‘King’ of Pakistan?
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Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Thursday expressed his gratitude and said that after 22-years of struggle he has come into politics and said that his prayers have been answered. He said, “I thank god, after 22 years of struggle, my prayers have been answered.

I have got the chance to fulfill my dream and serve the nation. One phase was of struggle, of ups and downs and the second phase now is to fulfill the manifesto with which I came 22 years ago.” He added,”I came into politics because I wanted that Pakistan should become that nation which Jinnah wanted.”

PTI short of a majority in Pakistan elections

The Election Commission of Pakistan early on Friday announced 95 percent of the provisional results for the National and four provincial assemblies where PTI has emerged as the single largest party. Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan’s tryst with destiny, however, faces a hurdle as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is still short of a full majority to form the government.

The elections were held on Wednesday. After an unprecedented slow count, the election watchdog announced that the PTI won 109 of the 269 seats contested in the National Assembly (NA). His nearest rival, Shehbaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won 63 seats. Sharif, who heads the party of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, earlier rejected the results, alleging widespread fraud and manipulation.

Khan declared his victory on Thursday and dismissed the allegations of fraud, calling it the “most transparent election in Pakistan’s history”.

The third place went to the left of centre Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) with 39 seats. Results from 20 seats were still being counted.

Khan appeared to fall short of the 137 seats needed for a majority in the National Assembly, which means he should have no problems forming a government with a handful of small coalition partners.

Khan’s party also appears to have succeeded in wresting control of Pakistan’s biggest province, Punjab, from the Sharifs.

Punjab is home to more than half of Pakistan’s 208 million people and been the power base of the Sharif family since 1988.

As things stand, PTI has won 109 seats in NA, 118 in Punjab, 20 in Sindh, 66 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and four in Balochistan.

PML-N has bagged 63 in NA, 127 in Punjab, 0 in Sindh, five in KP and just a single seat in Balochistan.

PPP has won 42 seats in NA, 6 in Punjab, 71 in Sindh, 4 in KP and 0 in Balochistan.

The official results of 20 seats in NA, 6 in Punjab, 11 in Sindh, 2 in KP and 5 in Balochistan are yet to be announced by the ECP.

Meanwhile, Jemima Goldsmith congratulates Imran Khan

New Delhi: Imran Khan is leading in Pakistan elections to assume office as the next Prime Minister. Imran’s first spouse tweeted a congratulatory message for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief.

“22 years later, after humiliations, hurdles, and sacrifices, my sons’ father is Pakistan’s next PM. It’s an incredible lesson in tenacity, belief, and refusal to accept defeat.

The challenge now is to remember why he entered politics in the 1st place. Congratulations @ImranKhanPTI” she wrote.

Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan is currently leading in the elections against Shahbaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto.

Siasat Web Team

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