Imran Khan on cusp of power in Pakistan

Imran Khan on cusp of power in Pakistan

Imran Khan on cusp of power in Pakistan

Former worldwide cricket star and socialite Imran Khan is confident that a victory in Pakistan's general elections on Wednesday will kick start a revolution for a country bedeviled by corruption and insecurity.

A series of suicide bombings outside polling stations across the country killed dozens of people, and there are fears of more violence once the results are in.

The military, which has ruled Pakistan for almost half of its 71-year history, denies any effort to influence the election.

Mr Khan's former wife, broadcaster Jemima Goldsmith, tweeted her congratulations to the former Pakistan cricket captain ahead of the official result.

His PTI party is still expected to fall short of an overall majority and to seek coalition partners.

But supporters of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the vote count was rigged and called it an assault on democracy in a country that has a history of military rule.

"These elections were 100 percent transparent and fair", Raza said. The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

"We will use all political and legal options for redressal of these glaring excesses", said Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League. 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".


A wild card in the election was the unexpected proliferation of candidates - more than 600 in total - from religious parties.

Thousands of Khan's supporters took to the streets to celebrate in Islamabad as news of a possible victory emerged. "Prime Minister Imran Khan", although his party has officially held off on declaring victory.

He characterized his campaign as a battle against political elites - dominated by long-established parties like the PML-N and PPP - that he accuses of hindering economic development in the impoverished country of 208 million.

"When asked if everyone's conscience can be clear now, Khan replied, "I'm clear". He, however, acknowledged that the delay in announcement of election results had "caused some annoyance".

The build-up to the elections was marred by allegations that the all-powerful army was trying to manipulate the process and install a PTI-led government.

The election comes as Pakistan's economy is in crisis, with the rupee's 20 percent decline spiking inflation and dwindling foreign currency reserves likely to force the second International Monetary Fund bailout since 2013.

Baluchistan also saw the worst violence during campaigning earlier this month, when a suicide bomber struck at a political rally, killing 149 people, including the candidate Siraj Raisani. The PTI has not ruled out seeking succour from China, Islamabad's closest ally.

"PML-N and PPP were running under constraints and PTI was operating with complete freedom and establishment backing". PML-N president and former Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif, MMA chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, former opposition leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah and former Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah have also cast their votes in their respective constituencies.

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