In the recent elections in Pakistan, Imran Khan’s supporters have won a majority of seats, but they may be excluded from negotiating to form a government coalition. This could be due to statements made by Army Chief Syed Asim Munir, emphasizing the need for Pakistan to “break away from the policy of anarchy and polarization which is not befitting of a progressive country”. Despite this, Imran Khan’s party has exceeded expectations, with independent candidates supported by him winning at least 99 seats. Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), the expected favorite in the elections, obtained 71 seats, and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is third with 53 seats.
In response to his success, Imran Khan released an AI-generated video claiming victory in the elections. The video says “I congratulate all of you for winning the 2024 elections.” However, there are still fifteen of the 266 seats up for grabs in this election, meaning that the three main blocs will have to negotiate alliances in order to form a government.
The absence of an absolute majority means that all options remain open for the three main blocs to form alliances. Nawaz Sharif invited other successful parties and candidates to work with his party, despite Imran Khan’s party achieving unexpected success but running as independents. Smaller parties won 27 seats in total and could attract the PTI’s attention in the coming days.
Many believe that Imran Khan’s victory was stolen from him due to delays in counting and accusations of pre-election fraud. Protests took place in Peshawar on Friday after Washington and London expressed concerns about the conduct of the elections. Despite these issues, it seems that negotiations between the three main blocs will ultimately determine who forms a government in Pakistan.