Imran Khan's supporters lead Pakistan elections and military calls for freedom from “anarchy”

Pakistani election results declared by Saturday morning showed the lead for independent candidates backed by former and currently jailed Prime Minister Imran Khan's party Tehreek-e-Insaf, while a Pakistani army commander called for the breakup of the country. With the politics of anarchy.”

According to the results declared so far by the Election Commission of Pakistan for the distribution of delegates on 250 seats out of 266 seats in the Parliament, candidates supported by Khan's party have come first on 98 seats.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Sharif's party stood second with 71 seats, followed by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led Pakistan People's Party with 53 seats, while United Qaumi Movement Party stood fourth with 17 seats. .

Out of 266 seats, there are 13 seats left whose results have not been decided yet.

On Thursday, elections were held in Pakistan to select 266 representatives from 5,121 candidates and 593 representatives to regional parliaments from 12,695 candidates.

The results indicate that the winners may be forced to form a coalition to get the support of two-thirds of MPs to form a government.

reasonable demands

In turn, a senior aide of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said – today, Saturday – that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party will try to form the government after winning the largest number of seats in the general elections. Place on Thursday.

The party's interim leader Gohar Ali Khan called on all institutions in the country to respect the mandate received by the party, and warned at a press conference in Islamabad to organize peaceful protests – tomorrow, Sunday – if the full results are not declared on Saturday. The announcement was not made till evening.

On Saturday morning, the former prime minister's party published a video clip generated by artificial intelligence in which he was seen declaring victory.

The video shows Khan saying, “I congratulate all of you on winning the 2024 elections,” adding that “According to independent sources, we have informed the National Assembly before the manipulation (in the elections) started.” Won 150 seats.”

On the other hand, three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, 74, said from his party's headquarters in Lahore (East), “We invite other parties and winning candidates to work with us.”

Sharif received the support of the army when he returned to Pakistan in October after four years in exile in London.

Lieutenant General Asim Munir, who was named as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of Pakistan, in this handout photo distributed by Inter Services Public Relations, Islamabad Pakistan on November 24, 2022.  Reuters via Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)/handout Note editors – This photo was provided by a third party.  No resale.  No archive.  Compulsory Credit.
Pakistani Army Commander General Asim Munir (Reuters)

invitation to army

On his part, Pakistan Army Commander General Asim Munir on Saturday called on the country's politicians to “sever ties with the politics of anarchy”.

“Since the people of Pakistan have placed their trust in the Pakistani Constitution, all political parties should do the same by demonstrating political maturity and unity,” the army chief was quoted as saying in a statement published on Saturday.

Asem congratulated the candidates for their successful behavior during the voting process, adding that people need to get rid of the politics of anarchy and polarization.

“The country needs safe hands to come out of the politics of anarchy, polarization which is not appropriate for a progressive country with a population of 250 million people,” he said.

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