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Tumultuous Elections in Pakistan: Imran Khan’s PTI Wins Majority, Yet Faces Barriers to Power


Feb 11, 2024
Khan emerges victorious in Pakistan’s elections but will not lead the government

The 2024 elections in Pakistan have resulted in a close contest between the three main blocs: Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Although Imran Khan’s party has won a majority of seats, they may be excluded from negotiating to form a government coalition due to statements made by Army Chief Syed Asim Munir.

Despite this setback, Imran Khan’s party has exceeded expectations, with independent candidates supported by him winning at least 99 seats. Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N obtained 71 seats, and the PPP is third with 53 seats. In the absence of an absolute majority, all options remain open for the three main blocs to form alliances.

Imran Khan released an AI-generated video on social media claiming victory in the elections. However, he was not allowed to appear on the ballot papers as his candidates ran as independents. This move by election authorities has sparked controversy and suspicion among Imran Khan’s supporters who believe that their votes were stolen from them.

The smaller parties won 27 seats in total and could attract the PTI’s attention in the coming days. For Imran Khan’s voters, many believe that the victory was stolen from them due to delays in counting and accusations of pre-election fraud. The closure of mobile phone and internet services by the authorities has also fueled doubts about the fairness of the elections. Protests took place in Peshawar on Friday following concerns raised by Washington and London about the conduct of the elections.

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