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Pakistan Election 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Multi-party meeting rejects results, demands ‘transparent’ re-election

Pakistan Election Results 2018 Live Updates: A party or group can only form the government if it manages to clinch 172 seats in total.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2018 1:34:08 am
Pakistan Election 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Pak ready to improve its ties with India, says Imran Khan after claiming victory in polls In this photo provided by the office of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, delivers his address in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Tehreek-e-Insaf via AP)

Pakistan Election Results 2018 Live Updates: The Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the single largest side in the National Assembly with its candidates winning 114 seats amid rival political parties’ claim of “blatant” rigging. However, the former cricketer-turned politician will have to seek out allies to form a coalition government.

After a tediously slow count, Pakistan election officials Friday announced that PTI won 114 of the 269 seats being contested in the National Assembly. While Shahbaz Sharif’s PML-N bagged 63 seats, PPP led by former president Asif Ali Zardari won 39 seats. Results from 20 seats were still being counted.

A party or group can only form the government if it manages to clinch 172 seats in total.

On Thursday, Khan declared his victory and dismissed the allegations of fraud calling it the most transparent election in Pakistan’s history. He stressed on improving ties with India. “If New Delhi moves one step forward, we will move two,” he said. “I decided to join politics 22 years back when I saw a collapse of governance system and corruption in Pakistan,” he said. See photos

Results: PTI-110, PML-N-63, PPP-42, Others-50

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    01:08 (IST)28 Jul 2018
    US concerned over flaws in the pre-voting electoral process in Pakistan elections

    The Trump administration has said that steps taken by Pakistan were at odds with its stated goal of free and fair transparent elections. Imran Khan led his party (PTI) to victory in the parliamentary elections this week but there was a growing consensus among South Asia experts and Pakistan-observers that it was greatly influenced and meddled by the strong Pakistani Army.  US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the development of strong democratic and civilian institutions of governance and a vibrant civil society is critical to Pakistan's long-term stability and prosperity. "In that context, the United States shares concerns about flaws in the pre-voting electoral process, as expressed by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan," she was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

    23:44 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    Multi-party meeting rejects results, demand for a 'transparent' re-election

    A multi-party meeting has rejected the results in Pakistan elections and demanded a 'transparent' re-election, even as PTI chief Imran Khan inched closer to form a new government with the support of allies and independents. So far Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party has bagged 118 of the 270 National Assembly seats on which elections were held and was leading in another two constituencies where counting was still on, reports news agency PTI.

    21:26 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    Let us give Imran Khan some time : Omar Abdullah

    National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan's statement about improving ties with India "sounds good" but a lot would depend on his actions. Khan, who is eyeing to form the government in Pakistan, had said that his country was willing to improve its ties with India. "We have to wait for him (Imran Khan) to swear in ... Let us give him some time." "In terms of what he (Khan) said yesterday of taking two steps for one step India takes, it sounds good. But a lot will depend on the action he is willing to take," he said. (PTI)

    21:02 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    Pak polls eclipsed by 'restrictions' on freedom of expression and "unequal" opportunity: EU election obserbvers

    A European Union team of election observers said today that Pakistan's general elections this week were eclipsed by "restrictions" on freedom of expression and an "unequal" opportunity for candidates to campaign. In its preliminary assessment of the 25 July elections, the EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) said the media outlets and journalists suffered from restrictions which resulted in self-censorship. The team, headed by EU Chief Observer Michael Gahler MEP (Germany), said that despite positive changes to the legal framework with the new Elections Act, and a stronger and more transparent Election Commission, the electoral process was negatively affected by the political environment. (PTI)

    20:12 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    EC has given us results on plain paper, there is no official stamp on the declared result: Locals of Bahawalpur

    Locals of Bahawalpur allege that the results given to them are not as per the Form 45 format, say, 'EC has given us results on plain paper, there is no official stamp on the declared result. This is not how it is supposed to happen,' reports ANI. 

    19:34 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    PML(N) concedes defeat in Pakistan election to Imran Khan's PTI

    Pakistan's former ruling party conceded defeat to cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan ahead of final results from the country's disputed election. "We are going to sit on opposition benches, despite all the reservations," said Hamza Shehbaz Sharif, a parliamentarian and the nephew of Nawaz Sharif, who is in prison after being convicted on corruption charges he disputes.

    17:32 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    PPP not to attend multi-party conference over alleged rigging

    The PPP has decided not to attend a multi-party conference (MPC) called by the MMA and PML-N on Friday to devise a joint strategy over alleged rigging in the 2018 general elections. PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar told DawnNewsTV neither party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari not co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari will join the MPC being held in Islamabad today.

    17:21 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    PTI set to form government in Punjab

    Pakistan prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan's party is eyeing to form the government in Punjab, the most populated province of the country, with the help of independents even as its rival, jailed former premier Nawaz Sharif's party, is slightly ahead of it in the number game. With 127 seats won, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which ruled the province of over 100 million population for the last two terms from 2008-2018, has failed to secure a simple majority to form the government in Punjab.

    17:04 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    Imran Khan closer to forming government with 114 seats in NA

    Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has retained its considerable edge over its contenders, bagging 114 of the total 270 seats on which elections were held, according to the preliminary results announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The PML-N is a distant second, leading on 63 seats, while the PPP has won 43. The Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) ─ an alliance of multiple religious parties ─ has managed to secure just 11 seats, reports Dawn.

    16:38 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    Cricket fraternity congratulates Imran Khan on claiming victory in polls

    Congratulatory messages started pouring in for former Pakistan cricket captain and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan, who declared victory in the Pakistan elections on Thursday. From Shoaib Akhtar to Shahid Afridi, cricket stars from all over the world dropped congratulatory messages for the newly elected Pakistan PM Imran Khan. Imran Khan has already secured a win in three National Assembly seats, contesting the elections from five constituencies – NA-26 (Bannu), NA-53 (Islamabad 2), NA-95 (Mianwali), NA-131 (Lahore) and NA-243 (Karachi). READ MORE HERE

    15:24 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    Three Hindu candidates register victory in Pakistan elections

    The first elected Hindu in Pakistan National Assembly is from Tharparkar constituency in Sindh. His name is Dr Mahesh Malani. Two other Hindus were elected to the Sindh Provincial Assembly. Gyanchand Esrani from Sanghar & Hari Ram Kishori Lal from Hyderabad. 

    15:19 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    Imran Khan's wife congratulates Pakistan on PTI victory

    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan's wife Bushra Maneka has congratulated the whole nation for choosing a leader who is committed to work for welfare of the common man. 'Allah Almighty had given the nation a leader who takes care of the rights of the people,' Bushra was quoted as saying by the TV channels. Bushra is Khan's third wife. She is a leading scholar and spiritual guide in the mystic Sufi branch of Islam. (PTI)

    15:05 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    Imran Khan wins all five seats he had contested in the Pakistan elections

    Dawn reported that in unofficial results announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) so far, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan won all five seats where he had contested the elections, whereas the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari lost in their traditional strongholds. The PPP chairperson, who was contesting polls from three constituencies for the first time, lost the contest in Malakand (NA-8) to PTI candidate Junaid Akbar. In a major upset, Mr Bhutto-Zardari also lost to PTI’s Shakoor Shad in Lyari (NA-246) in Karachi.

    15:00 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    PTI holds lead over 115 seats in National Assembly, counting underway

    With only 9 seats left to count, Imran Khan’s PTI has a commanding lead of 115 parliamentarians in the National Assembly. At a press conference, the commission said that the outgoing PML(N) had 62 seats and the PPP, which could prove kingmaker in a coalition government, had won 43. The count indicates PTI will not achieve the 137 seats needed in the National Assembly to form a majority government in its own right, reported Newsweek Pakistan. 

    14:11 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    Will look for opportunities to work with new Pakistan govt: US

    The US will "look for opportunities" to work with the new leaders of Pakistan after they form the government and will try to advance security, stability and prosperity in South Asia, a State Department official said. The US is awaiting the full official results from the Election Commission of Pakistan and observer missions to release their preliminary findings, the State Department spokesperson said.

    13:29 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    Political heavyweights humbled in strongholds

    The Pakistan general elections produced threw up some surprising results as a number of political heavyweights suffered defeat in their strongholds. Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari lost in their traditional strongholds. PML-N chief Shahbaz Sharif, who had contested the elections from four constituencies, won only in Lahore. He lost the election in Karachi, Swat and Dera Ghazi Khan.

    13:07 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    'No bed of roses for Imran Khan government'

    From hailing Imran Khan's thumping victory to bashing the role of Election Commission, here's a look at how Pakistan media opined on the ascension of the former cricketer-turned politician to power. READ more here

    11:09 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    'Tainted and dubious' results would cast 'bad impact' on Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif

    In his first reaction over the general election results, Pakistan's jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has alleged that the polls had been "stolen" and warned that the "tainted and dubious” results would cast a "bad impact" on the country's politics. Talking to visitors in Adiala Jail yesterday, the incarcerated leader of the PML-N, expressed his reservations over the elections results in Faisalabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi, the Dawn reported. He said his party candidates in these areas were in very stable position but they had been declared defeated candidates.

    10:28 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    Official results of 19 seats yet to be announced

    According to Dawn, Imran Khan's PTI has won 110 seats in National Assembly and PML-N and PPP stood at second and third positions with 63 and 42 seats, respectively. The official results of 19 seats have yet to be announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

    10:16 (IST)27 Jul 2018
    Imran Khan wins in Pakistan but needs coalition

    Official results show that PTI leader Imran Khan has won the Pakistan's polls but he will have to seek out allies to form a coalition government.

    Pakistan Election, Pakistan Election 2018, Pakistan Election 2018 Polls, Pakistan General Election 2018 Polls, Pakistan Election 2018 Results, Pakistan Elections Result Pakistan Election 2018 Live Updates: Election staff gather at a distribution center to receive polling material for elections, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday. (AP photo)

    Pakistan Election 2018 Live Updates

    The run-up to the elections for 272 general seats of the National Assembly and 577 general seats of the four provincial assemblies – Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan — have seen a massive crackdown on media and allegations that the military was meddling in the poll process.