Several opposition parties call for fresh elections

Elections agency says Imran Khan won Pakistan's election, but needs a coalition

Pakistan election marred by allegations of election rigging

The chairperson of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan, who is expected to become country's next premier, had expressed his wish to take oath at either Islamabad's D-Chowk or Parade Ground. He met with representatives of other losing parties to decide on a protest strategy.

"On election day, polling was assessed as well conducted and transparent", he said.

He added later: "The credibility or the legitimacy of this process, that is for the people of Pakistan". The statement condemned the violence leading up to the balloting, and added that it concurred with the European Union that the election's successes were "overshadowed by restrictions on freedom of expression and unequal campaign opportunities".

Pakistani residents are the second largest national group living in the UAE, second only to Indians, and constitute about 12.7 per cent of the country's 9.54 million total population. If the PTI decides to nominate him again for the previous office, he will also have to vacate the NA seat which means that the party's seats will be reduced to 109.

Mr. Khan wants to retain his hometown seat where he received a whopping 162,499 votes.

Khan, on his part, termed PM Modi's telephone call as a welcoming sign, which marked the beginning of a new chapter in relations between the two countries.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned against providing an International Monetary Fund bailout for Pakistan's new government that includes funding to pay off Chinese lenders. Jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with 64 seats and former president Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with 43 seats are placed at number two and three respectively, the ECP said.

It had been dubbed "Pakistan's dirtiest election" but for now, Khan's victory represents an end to decades of rotating leadership between the PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) that was punctuated by periods of military rule.

It further stated that Modi had advocated a more active approach. Even though Imran Khan's PTI falls short of numbers to form a government, the chief announced that he will take oath in August.

But it would be foolish to deny Khan's popularity among a sizeable section of the country's population that he has invigorated with his energetic anti-corruption campaign and his promise of a "naya" Pakistan, which would be egalitarian and where meritocracy will prevail and not dynasties as in Sharif's party. Pakistan's largest city of Karachi and the country's financial hub is the capital of Sindh province.

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

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