Khan claims win in Pakistan with vows on poverty, United States ties

A jubilant Imran Khan has already declared victory in the pivotal Pakistani vote

In a statement Friday, the United Nations said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres congratulated the Pakistani people for voting and reaffirming "their commitment to a democratic Pakistan", but made no mention of the vote's result.

"We already have the support of several winning candidates to form the federal government, " said Naeem-ul-Haq, a party official.

"We will run a movement for the holding of elections again".

Pakistan's main parties rejected the outcome of elections won by cricket star Imran Khan and announced protests demanding new polls Friday, after foreign observers criticized the pivotal vote over rigging allegations.

TRT World's Shoaib Hasan has the latest on Pakistan's elections from the capital and the reaction to Imran Khan's speech.

Other than the parties, 13 independent candidates also won their seats. This blame game that whatever goes wrong in Pakistan is because of India and vice versa brings us back to square one.

Former cricket star Imran Khan has declared victory in Pakistan's parliamentary election and vowed to run the country "as it has never before been run" by fighting corruption, seeking regional cooperation and forging a new relationship with the USA that was not "one-sided".

"We will not allow democracy to be taken hostage by the establishment", said Rehman, using a word widely understood in Pakistan to mean the military as he stood on stage along with members from more than a dozen parties.

"We are ready to enter a new era of relations with Pakistan", Modi was quoted as saying by the PTI press release.

His ally Pervaiz Elahi of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) has also won two seats and will vacate one before taking oath.

To a question, Fawad had said that the on-going development projects would be completed and unlike the previous government, low-priced public transport projects would be launched to provide better-travelling facilities to masses.

Even if Khan's party wins a simple majority, he would need to wait until the president convenes the parliament to swear in the new lawmakers - traditionally within a week.

"The independents know that the establishment is inclined toward Imran Khan", retired general and analyst Talat Masood told AFP. Altogether, 106 million voters were registered to elect the next National Assembly and four provincial assemblies.

On the other hand, the previous election victors Pakistan Muslim League (N) performed poorly in the recent elections and could only garner 64 seats.

While asserting that PTI would form the government at the Centre, he claimed that the party would form government in Punjab province also.

Most rival parties, including the PML-N and the PPP, had alleged rigging.

Khan acknowledged while speaking to VOA on the eve of the election that the economy is the biggest challenge facing Pakistan.



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