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Sharif’s party claims victory in elections

The Muslim League (PML-N) party, led by ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has declared victory in the recent Pakistan elections. However, despite PML-N winning the most seats from registered parties, independent candidates were still leading and getting a majority as well. As counting continued into Saturday, independent candidates secured 99 seats in Pakistan’s 266-seat parliament, with 88 of them being closely aligned with ex-prime minister Imran Khan and the PTI party.

Despite being banned from politics for a decade due to corruption charges, Imran Khan’s party was not allowed to participate in the elections as a party. Instead, its candidates ran as independents. At the time of announcement, PML-N had secured 71 seats while Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) got 53, minor parties won 27 and 15 seats were undecided.

Sharif acknowledged that his party does not have a sufficient majority to form a government on its own and invited other parties and successful independent candidates to cooperate with them. In Pakistan, independent candidates are unable to form a government alone but can form a coalition with any other party within three days after the elections.

However, this move by Sharif has sparked controversy as Imran Khan’s supporters have claimed that their candidates loyal to the party had won the election. PTI later posted an AI-generated video claiming that its candidates had won the election which added fuel to this controversy.

The powerful military of Pakistan called for an end to this standoff and emphasized the need for a steady hand in moving forward from politics of confrontation and anarchy. This has fueled concerns about election fraud given that Imran Khan is currently in prison and banned from politics for a decade. As the situation unfolds, Pakistan awaits further developments and resolutions on this matter.

By Editor

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