A man walks past a poster of Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, and head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, at a market in Islamabad on July 27, 2018. Image Credit: AFP

It's official: Pakistan's Election Commission on Friday declared former cricket star Imran Khan's party the winner of Pakistan's historic third consecutive election of a civilian government, but he didn't win an outright majority and must form a coalition.

After two days of tediously slow vote counting, Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party won 116 of 269 seats in the National Assembly with his nearest rival, Shahbaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League, winning 64 seats. Sharif, who heads the party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, earlier rejected the results charging widespread fraud and manipulation.

Election officials said there was a 52 per cent voter turnout, down slightly from the 2013 turnout of 54.8 percent.

PTI leading with 116 seats

Provisional results of 260 out of 270 National Assembly seats have been declared by Election Commission of Pakistan.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is leading the tally with 116 seats. Trailing is the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with 62 and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with 43 seats.

Former ruling party concedes defeat

Pakistan's former ruling party conceded defeat to cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan ahead of final results.

Khan, during a speech declaring victory on Thursday, offered to investigate opposition claims of vote-rigging and said he wanted to "unite" the country under his leadership.

The party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif's initially rejected the so far incomplete results, but by Friday its leaders appeared to accept that Khan would be the next prime minister.

"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.

Imran Khan’s party now has 114 seats

The Election Commission said that with only 11 seats left to count, Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) enjoys a strong lead with 114 seats, and will be the biggest party in parliament.

At a press conference the commission said that the outgoing Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had 63 seats and the Pakistan Peoples Party (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.  

Imran Khan wins in Pakistan but needs coalition

ISLAMABAD: Official results show cricket star Imran Khan won in Pakistan's polls but he will have to seek out allies to form a coalition government.

After a tediously slow count, Pakistan election officials Friday announced Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won 109 of the 269 seats being contested in the National Assembly. The election Wednesday gave his nearest rival, Shahbaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League 63 seats. Sharif who heads the party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected the results charging widespread fraud and manipulation.

Khan declared his victory on Thursday and dismissed the allegations of fraud calling it the most transparent election in Pakistan's history.

Third place went to the left of center Pakistan People's party with 39 seats. The Election Commission said vote counting was also still underway in 20 remote areas of the country, offering the long-time politician a possibility of more seats but not an outright majority.

A mix of smaller parties and independent candidates whom Khan will have to woo to form a coalition won the remainder of seats in Pakistan's National Assembly. 

'Efforts already underway'

Fawad Chaudhry, spokesman for Khan's party, said efforts were already underway to form a coalition, looking to both independents and allies, but the process is likely to take several days. 

I belong to the masses, says Imran

Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan, who is poised to become the next prime minister of Pakistan, has pledged to introduce polices for the masses and not for the ‘elite’.

In his victory speech yesterday evening (Thursday) from his house in Bani Gala in the capital Islamabad’s suburbs, Khan shared his ambitious plans for the country and vowed to safeguard the interests of the ordinary people. “I will live humbly because I belong to the masses and come from you,” he said in a televised video message.

According to provisional unofficial results, Imran Khan’ PTI has won majority seats (118 until the last count) to be able to form the government without any majority political alliance. He needs 172 seats out of the total National Assembly seats of 342 which has 70 reserved seats including 60 for women and 10 for minorities. Election were held on 272 seats and he needed to win 137 seats out of it. With the help of independents and smaller parties, he is comfortably placed to form the next government.

“I am thankful to people of Pakistan for giving me a chance to realise my dream of ‘Naya (new) Pakistan — free of corruption,” said a visibly happy Imran who was clad in white shalwar kameez (national dress of Pakistan).

Imran also responded to the election manipulation and rigging allegations by the other major parties who lost elections. “I promise to provide you full assistance required to investigate such allegations,” he said. However, he made it clear, this was the most transparent election ever held in Pakistan. 

Winners

Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
Shah Mahmood Qureshi
PTI
   
Shahbaz Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
Asif Ali Zardari
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)
   
Hamza Sharif
PML-N
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
PPP
   
 
Shaikh Rashid
Pakistan Awami Muslim League
 


Losers

Maulana Fazalur Rehman
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA)
Sirajul Haq
MMA
   
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
PML-N
Chaudhary Nisar
Independent
   
 
Asfandyar Wali
Awami National Party (ANP)
 


Preliminary results (unofficial)

NA-253: MQM’s Usama Qadri wins with 52,426 votes. PTI’s Ashraf Jabbar follows with 49,145 votes.

NA-92: PML-N’s Syed Javed Hasnain Shah wins with 96,421 votes. PTI’s Sahibzada Naeem Sialvi follows with 65,700 votes

NA-244: PTI’s Ali Haider Zaidi wins with 69,475 votes. PML-N’s MIftah Ismail follows with 31,247 votes.

NA-243: PTI chief Imran Khan wins with 91,358 votes. MQM’s Syed Ali Raza Abidi follows with 24,082 votes.

NA-214: PPPP’s Ghulam Mustafa Shah wins with 110,902 votes. SUP’s Syed Zainul Abideen follows with 54,676 votes.

NA-238: PTI’s Jamil Ahmed Khan wins with 33,289 votes. PPPP’s Abdul Hakim Baloch follows with 31,907 votes.

NA-226: MQM’s Sabir Hussain won with 46,646 votes in NA-226 Hyderabad-II while PTI’s Jamshed Ali Shaikh came second with 38,672.

NA-148: PML-N candidate Chaudhry Muhammad Ashraf won with 125,000 votes while PTI’s Malik Muhammad Yar Dhakoo tailed behind with 67,557 votes in NA-148, Sahiwal-II.

NA-69: PML-Q’s Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi stood first with 122,336 votes while PML-N’s Chaudhry Mubashir Hussain came second with 49,295 in NA-69, Gujrat-II.

NA-228: PPP’s Syed Naveed Qamar clinched top position with 76,057 votes while GDA’s Mir Ali Nawaz Talpur got 45,159 votes in NA-228, Tando Muhammad Khan.

NA-4: PTI’s candidate Murad Saeed got 71,600 votes and ANP’s Saleem Khan received 30,976 votes in NA-4 Swat-III.

NA-209: PPP’s Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah won with 84,169 votes while GDA’s Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashdi came second with 66,799 votes in NA-209, Khairpur-II.

NA-114: PTI’s candidate M Mehboob Sultan with 106,043 votes while PPP’s Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat received 105,454 votes in NA-114, Jhang-I.

NA-255: MQM-P’s Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui came first with 59,807 votes in NA-255 central-III. PTI candidate Mehmood Baqi Moulvi stood second with 50,352 votes. 

NA-73: PML-N candidate Khawaja Saad Rafique clinched the top position in NA-73 Sialkot-II while Muhammad Usman Dar from the PTI got 115,464 votes.

NA-1: Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal candfidate Maulana Abdul Akbar won with 4,8602 votes, while PTI’s Abdul Latif stood second with 40,002 votes.

NA-2: PTI candidate Haider Ali emerged victorious with 6,0989 votes while PML-N’s Amir Muqam got 40880 votes in NA-2, Swat-I.

NA-9: PTI’s Sher Akbar Khan won with 58,037 votes while PML-N’s Kamran Khan stood second with 38,358 votes in NA-9 Buner.

NA-182: PPP's Mehar Irshad Ahmed wins NA-182, Muzaffargarh 2 with 53,726 votes. ARP's Jamshed Dasti runner up with 50,400 votes.

NA-215: PPP's Naveed Dero wins NA-215, Sanghar 1 with 77,812 votes. GDA's Haji Khudabaksh runner up with 77,227 votes.

PS-104: PPP's Saeed Ghani wins PS-104, Karachi East 6 with 27,615 votes. GDA's Irfanullah Khan runner up with 11,194 votes.

NA-82: PML-N's Usman Ibrahim wins NA-82, Gujranwala 4 with 117,520 votes. PTI's Ali Ashraf runner up with 67,400 votes.

NA-212: PPP's Zulfikar Ali wins NA-212, Naushero Feroz with 90,364 votes. GDA's Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi runner up with 80,174 votes.

NA-245: PTI's Amir Liaquat wins NA-245, Karachi East 4 with 56,615 votes. MQM-P's Farooq Sattar runner up with 35,247 votes.

NA-72: PML-N’s Chaudhry Armaghan Subhani Subhani wins NA-72, Sialkot with 129,041 votes. PTI's Firdous Ashiq Awan runner up with 91,393 votes.

NA-256: PTI’s Muhammad Najeeb Haroon wins NA-256, Karachi Central 4 with 89,850 votes: unofficial results from all polling stations. MQM-P’s Amir Wali Uddin Chishti runner up with 45,575 votes.

NA-213: PPP's Asif Ali Zardari wins NA-213, Shaheed Benazirabad 1 with 111,179 votes. GDA's Sardar Shair Muhammad Rind runner up with 53,521 votes.

NA-241: PTI's Faheem Khan wins NA-241, Karachi Korangi 3 with 26,706 votes. MQM's Moin Aamer Pirzada runner up with 23,873 votes.

PS-63: PPP's Sharjeel Memon wins in PS-63, Hyderabad 2 with 44,243 votes. TPP's Muhammad Ali Kazi runner up.

NA-241: PTI’s Naeem Khan wins NA-241, Karachi Korangi 3 with 26,706 votes: unofficial results from all polling stations. TLP’s Tahir Iqbal runner up with 19,184 votes.

NA-159: PTI’s Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon wins NA-159 Multan 6 with 102,606 votes. PML-N’s Muhammad Zulqarnain Bukhari is runner up with 99,374 votes.

PS-111: PTI’s Imran Ismail wins PS-111 Karachi South 5 with 30,576 votes. He has defeated MMA’s Sufian who got 8,753 votes. 

NA-131: PTI’s Imran Khan wins NA-131 Lahore 9 with 84,313 votes, defeating PML-N’s Saad Rafique who received 83,633 votes.

NA-106: Rana Sanaullah wins NA-106 Faisalabad 6 with 106,319 votes. He has beaten PTI's Nisar Ahmad Jutt who received 103,779 votes. 

PS-125: PTI’s Syed Muhammad Abbas wins PS-125 Karachi Central 3 with 30,687 votes. MQM’s Abdul Haseeb is runner up with 26,818 votes.

NA-208: PPP’s Nafisa Shah wins NA-208 Khairpur 1 with 99,747 votes, trailed by GDA’s Ghous Ali Shah (36,562 votes). 

NA-39: PTI's Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh wins NA-39 Dera Ismail Khan 2 with 79,150 votes. He has defeated MMA's Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman who got 51,920 votes. 

NA-136: PML-N's Malik Muhamad Afzal Khokhar wins NA-136 Lahore 14 with 88,831 votes. PTI's Malik Asad Ali Khokhar is runner up with 44,669 votes.

NA-203: PPP's Mir Amir Ali Khan Magsi wins NA-203, Kamber Shahdadkot 2with 80,800 votes. PTI's Sakhawat Ali runner up with 12,008 votes.

NA-211: PPP's Abrar Ali Shah wins NA-211, Naushahro Feroze 1 with 92,500 votes. GDA's Zafar Ali Shah runner up with 59,870 votes.

NA-229: PPP's Mir Ghulam Ali wins NA-229, Badin 1 with 96,560 votes. GDA's Muhammad Hassam Mirza runner up with 81,225 votes.

NA-231: PPP's Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sheerazi wins NA-231, Sujawal with 129,980 votes. MMA's Molvi Muhammad Saleh runner up with 11,177 votes.

NA-236: PPP's Jam Abdul Karim Bijar wins NA-236,Malir 1 with 66,623 votes. PTI's Masroor Ali runner up with 26,456 votes.

NA-238: PPP's Syed Rafiullah wins NA-238, Malir 3 with 28,069 votes. PRHP's Hafiz Aurangzaib runner up with 16,957 votes.

NA-51: MMA's Abdul Shakoor wins NA-51, Frontier Region with 20,065 votes. PTI's Qaisar Jamal runner up with 18,335 votes.

NA-112: PML-N’s Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry wins NA-112 Toba Tek Singh 2 with 125,303 votes, trailed by PTI’s Muhammad Ashfaq (121,031 votes). 

NA-174: PTI's Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani wins NA-174 Bahawalpur 5 with 63,884 votes. He is followed by independent candidate Prince Bahawal Abbas who gathered 58,092 votes.

NA-177: PTI's Makhdoom Khusru Bakhtiyar wins NA-177 Rahim Yar Khan 3 with 100,768 votes. PPP's Makhdoom Shahab Uddin is second with 64,645 votes.

NA-166: Independent candidate Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Wattoo wins NA-166 Bahawalnagar 1 with 101,647 votes, followed by PTI's Syed Muhammad Asghar who got 91,046 votes.

NA-37: MMA's Asad Mehmood wins NA-37 Tank 3 with 27,871 votes. He is followed by PTI's Habib Ullah Khan Kundi who bagged 15,971 votes.

NA-150: Independent candidate Syed Fakhar Imam wins in NA-150 Khanewal-1 by securing 82,595 votes. PTI's Mohammad Raza Hayat Hiraj is runner-up with 71,034 votes.

NA-180: PPP's Syed Murtaza Mehmood wins NA-180 Rahim Yar Khan 6 with 71,988 votes. PML-N's Muhammad Arshad Khan Laghari is second with 54,990 votes.

NA-230: GDA’s Fehmida Mirza wins NA-230 Badin 2 with 96,875 votes. PPP’s Haji Rasool is second with 96,015 votes.

NA-249: PTI’s Faisal Vawda wins NA-249 Karachi West 2 with 35,344 votes. He has defeated PML’s Shehbaz Sharif who received 34,626 votes.

NA-95: PTI’s Imran Khan wins NA-95 Mianwali 1 with 162,499 votes. PML-N’s Obaidullah Shadikhel is runner up with 49,505 votes.

NA-166: PML-N's Abdul Rehman Khan Kanchu wins NA-166 Lodhran 1 with 125740 votes. PTI's Muhammd Akhtar Kanchu trails behind with 115,321 votes.

NA-109: PTI's Faiz Ullah Kamoka wins NA-109 Faisalabad 3 with 122,905 votes, followed by PML-N's Mian Abdul Manan who got 94,476 votes.

NA-149: PTI's Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal wins NA-149 Sahiwal 3 with 137,632 votes. PML-N's Muhammad Tufail is runner up with 111,999 votes.

NA-144: PML-N's Muhammad Moin Khan Watto wins NA-144, Okara 4 with 61,467 votes. Independent candidate Mian Manzoor Ahmed Khan Watto is second with 50,246 votes.

NA-46: PPP's Sajid Hussain Toori wins NA-46 Kurram Agency 1 with 21,461 votes. PTI's Syed Iqbal Mian is runner-up with 16,934 votes.

NA-178: PPP's Syed Mustafa Mehmood wins NA-178 Rahim Yar Khan 4 with 93,044 votes. PML-N's Muhammad Tariq Chohan is in second with 50,723 votes.

NA-192: PTI’s Mohammad Khan Leghari wins NA-192, DG Khan 4 with 80,522 votes. PML-N's Shehbaz Sharif is runner-up with 67,608 votes.

NA-152: PTI's Zahoor Hussain Qureshi wins NA-152 Khanewal 3 with 108,707 votes. PML-N's Peer Aslam Bodla is second with 98,938 votes.

NA-170: PTI's Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik wins NA-170 Bahawalpur 1 with 84,495 votes, followed by PML-N's Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman who gathered 74,694 votes.

NA-174: PTI's Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani wins NA-174 Bahawalpur 5 with 63,884 votes. Independent candidate Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani gathered 58,092 votes to be ranked second. 

NA-96: PTI's Amjad Ali Khan secures victory in NA-96 Mianwali 2 with 156,065 votes, followed by PML-N's Muhammad Humair Hayat Khan Niazi who gathered 54,179 votes.

NA-99: PTI's Ghulam Muhammad wins NA-99 Chiniot 1 with 81,987 votes. Independent candidate Ghulam Abbas is in second place with 64,112 votes.

NA-93: PTI's Malik Umer Aslam Awan wins NA-93 Khushab 1 with 100,448 votes. PML-N's Sumaira Malik is runner-up with 70,401 votes.

NA-38: PTI’s Ali Amin Gandapur wins NA-38 DI Khan 1 with 80236 votes. MMA's Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman comes in second with 45,457 votes.

NA-115: PTI’s Ghulam Bibi Bharwana wins NA-115 Jhang with 91,434 votes. Independent candidate Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianvi is runner-up with 68,616 votes.

NA-57: PTI’s Sadaqat Ali Abbasi wins NA-57 Murree with 97,104 votes. PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is runner up with 91,381 votes.

NA-108: PTI’s Farrukh Habib wins NA-108 FSB 8 with 112,740 votes. PML-N’s Abid Sher Ali is runner up with 111,529 votes.

NA-129: PML-N’s Ayaz Sadiq wins NA-129 Lahore 7 with 103,021 votes. PTI’s Aleem Khan is runner up with 94,879 votes.

NA-54: PTI's Asad Umar wins NA-54 Islamabad 1 with 56,945 votes. He secured victory over PML-N's Anjum Aqeel Khan who got 32,991 votes.

NA-26: PTI's Imran Khattak wins polls in NA-26 Nowshera-2 by securing 52,376 votes. ANP's Jamal Khan Khattak is runner-up with 41,678 votes.

NA-27: PTI's Noor Alam Khan wins NA-27 Peshawar 1 with 71,158 votes. MMA's Haji Ghulam Ali is runner-up with 39,310 votes.

NA-28: PTI's Arbab Amir Ayub secured victory in NA-28 Peshawar 2 with 74,414 votes. He was trailed by MMA's Sabir Hussain Awan (27,292 votes).

NA-31: PTI's Shaukat Ali defeats ANP's Ghulam Ahmed Bilour as he secures 87,895 votes in NA-31 Peshawar 5. Bilour was runner-up with 42,476 votes.

NA-33: PTI's Haji Khayal Zaman emerges victorious from NA-33 Hangu by securing 27,734 votes. He is followed by MMA candidate Attiqur Rehman, who bagged 24,197 votes.

NA-40: PTI's Gul Dad Khan secures victory in NA-40 Bajaur Agency 1 with 34,434 votes, followed by independent candidate Sardar Khan with 17,836 votes.

NA-43: PTI's Noorul Haq Qadri wins in NA-43 Khyber Agency 1 with 32,000 votes. Independent candidate Shahji Gul Afridi is runner-up in the constituency with 25,000 votes.

NA-225: PPP’s Syed Hussain Tariq wins NA-225 Hyderabad 1 with 81,983 votes. PTI’s Khawand Bakhsh comes in second with 50,968 votes.

PP-168: PML-N’s Khawaja Saad Rafique wins PP-168 Lahore 25 with 34,112 votes, defeating PTI’s Muhammad Fayyaz Bhatti (14,940 votes).

NA-78: PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal wins NA-78 Narowal 2 with 126,385 votes. PTI’s Abrar-ul-Haq trails with 66,934 votes. 

NA-125: PML-N’s Waheed Alam Khan wins NA-125 Lahore 3 with 122,327 votes, defeating PTI’s Dr Yasmin Rashid who received 105,857 votes.

NA-128: PML-N’s Sheikh Rohail Asgher wins NA-128 Lahore 6 with 98,199 votes. PTI’s Ijaz Ahmed Dayal is runner up with 52,774 votes.

NA-20: PTI's Mujahid Ali wins NA-20 Mardan 1 with 40,000 votes, defeating PPP's Nawabzada Khawaja Muhammad Khan Hoti who bagged 13,000 votes. 

NA-142: PML-N’s Chaudhry Riazul Haq wins NA-142 Okara 2 with 140,733 votes. PTI’s Rao Hassan Sikandar is at second place with 76,592 votes.

NA-223: PPP's Makhdoom Jamil Uz Zaman wins NA-223 Matiari with 85,042 votes. GDA's Makhdoom Fazal Hussain is runner up with 41,793 votes.

NA-18: PTI's Asad Qaiser wins from NA-18 Swabi 1 with 77,791 votes. He was trailed by MMA's Fazal Ali who bagged 33,667 votes.

NA-84: PML-N’s Azhar Qayyum Nahara wins NA-84 Gujranwala 6 with 119,612 votes, against PTI’s Chaudhry Bilal Ijaz who got 89,728 votes.

PS-26: PPP’s Qaim Ali Shah wins PS-26 Khairpur 1 with 48,546 votes. GDA’s Abdul Ghafoor Shaikh is runner-up with 27,974 votes.

NA-22: PTI’s Ali Mohammad Khan wins NA-22 Mardan 3 with 58,577 votes. He has defeated MMA’s Maulana Mohammad Qasim who received 56,318 votes.

PB-32: BNP’s Naseer Ahmed wins PB-32 Quetta 9 with 6,795 votes, beating MMA’s Abdul Ghafoor Haider who received 4,434 votes to finish second. 

NA-58: PPP’s Raja Pervaiz Ashraf wins NA-58 Rawalpindi 2 with 125,090 votes. PTI's Chaudhry Mohammad Azeem comes in second with 96,574 votes. 

NA-10: PML-N’s Ebadullah Khan wins NA-10 Shangla with 33,804 votes. ANP's Suder-ur Rehman comes in second with 32,780 votes. 

NA-89: PML-N’s Mohsin Shahnawaz wins NA-89 Sargodha 2 with 114,245 votes. PTI's Usama Ghias Mela is runner-up with 113,422 votes. 

NA-111: PML-N’s Khalid Javaid Warraich wins NA-111 Toba Tek Singh 1 with 110,556 votes, beating PTI’s Osama Hamza (85,448 votes). 

NA-138: PML-N's Rasheed Ahmad Khan wins NA-138 Kasur 2 with 87,510 votes. PTI's Sardar Rashid Tufail comes in second place with 49,947 votes. 

NA-85: PTI’s Imtiaz Ahmed Ranjha wins NA-85 Mandi Bahauddin 1 with 99,996 votes, beating PML-N's Mushahid Raza who got 80,387 votes. 

NA-8: PTI’s Junaid Akbar wins NA-8 Malakand by securing 81,310 votes. He has defeated PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who came in second with 43,724 votes.

NA-3: PTI's Saleem Rehman wins NA-3 Swat 2 with 68,162 votes, defeating PML-N's Shehbaz Sharif who secured 22,756 votes to be ranked second. 

NA-190: PTI’s Zulfiqar Ali Khosa wins NA-190 DG Khan 2 with 62,936 votes. Independent candidate Amjad Farooq Khosa stands second with 56,130 votes. 

NA-257: MMA’s Maulana Abdul Wasay wins NA-257 Killa Saifullah with 30,000 votes, defeating JUI-NP's Abdul Rauf who bagged 11,580 votes. 

NA-205: Independent candidate Ali Mohammad Mahar wins NA-205 Ghotki 2 with 56,280 votes. PPP's Ahsanullah stands at second place with 25,100 votes.

NA-29: PTI’s Nasir Khan Yousafzai wins NA-29 Peshawar 3 with 49,762 votes.

NA-7: PTI's Muhammad Bashir Khan wins from NA-7, Lower Dir-II with 63,017 votes. He was followed by MMA's Sirajul Haq who secured 46,040 votes.

NA-68: PML-Q’s Chaudhary Hussain Elahi wins NA-68 Gujrat 1 with 74,680 votes. PML-N’s Nawabzada Ali Gul at second place with 34,820 votes.

NA-191: PTI’s Zartaj Gul wins NA-191 DG Khan 3 with 79,817 votes. PML-N’s Awais Leghari runner-up with 54,548 votes.

NA-130: PTI’s Shafqat Mahmood wins NA-130 Lahore 8 with 127,405 votes. PML-N's Khawaja Ahmad Hassan at second place 104,625 votes. 

NA-216: PPP's Shazia Marri wins from NA-216 Sanghar 2 with 82,667 votes. The Grand Democratic Alliance's Kashan Chand is runner-up with 70,135 votes.

NA-158: PTI’s Muhammad Ibrahim Khan wins NA-158 Multan 5 with 83,304 votes, defeating former PM and PPP leader Yousuf Raza Gilani who receveid 74,443 votes.

PP-12: PTI’s Wasiq Qayyum Abbasi wins PP-12 Rawalpindi 7 with 27,351 votes whereas Independent candidate Chaudhry Nisar at second place with 11,099 votes.

NA-188: PTI’s Niaz Ahmed Jhakkar wins NA-188 Layyah 2 with 103,305 votes whereas PML-N’s Mohammad Saqlain Bukhari stands at second place with 76,103 votes.

NA-64: PTI’s Zulfiqar Ali Khan wins NA-64 Chakwal 1 with 155,214 votes. PML-N’s Major Tahir Iqbal at second place with 13,051 votes.

NA-98: PTI’s Mohammad Afzal Khan wins NA-98 Bhakkar 2 with 136,238 votes whereas Indpendent candidate Rasheed Akbar Khan at second place with 132,445 votes.

NA-42: PTI’s Sajid Khan wins NA-42 Mohmand Agency Tribal Area 3 with 22,770 votes whereas Bilal Rehman, an independent candidate, is at second place with 21,076 votes.

NA-36: MMA’s Mohammad Anwar Khan wins NA-36 Lakki Marwat with 91,065 votes against PTI’s Ashfaq Ahmed Khan, who received 81,849 votes.

NA-77: PML-N's Mehnaz Aziz wins NA-77 Narowal 1 with 111,216 votes whereas Independent candidate Mian Tariq Anis is runner-up with 61,918 votes.

NA-161: PTI’s Mian Muhammad Shafiq wins NA-161 Lodhran 2 with 121,638 votes. PML-N's Mohammad Siddique Baloch received 116,093 votes at stands at second place.

NA-100: PML-N's Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh wins NA-100 Chiniot 2 with 76,149 votes. PTI's Zulfiqar Ali Shah runner-up with 75,827 votes.

NA-157: PTI’s Zain Qureshi wins NA-157 Multan 4 with 77,371 votes while PPP’s Syed Ali Musa Gilani at second place with 70,830 votes.

NA-118: PTI’s Ijaz Ahmad Shah wins NA-118 Nankana Sahib 2 with 63,987 votes while PML-N’s Shazrah Munsab Ali on second place with 60,764.

NA-6: PTI’s Mehboob Shah wins Lower Dir 1 with 63,440 votes while MMA's Maulana Asadullah stands at second with 36,665 votes.

NA-151: PML-N’s Mohammad Khan Daha wins Khanewal 2 with 111,198 votes. PTI’s Ahmad Yar Hiraj on second place with 109,520 votes.

NA-81: PML-N's Khurram Dastgir-Khan wins NA-81 Gujranwala 3 with 130,837 votes. PTI's Chaudhry Mohammad Siddique runner-up with 88,166 with votes.

NA-53: PTI Chairman Imran Khan wins Islamabad 2 with 92,891 votes while former PM and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi runner-up with 44,314 votes.

PK-61: PTI’s Pervez Khattak wins PK-61 Nowshera 1 with 20,647 votes. ANP’s Pervez Ahmed Khan runner-up with 16,054 votes.

NA-30: PTI's Sher Ali Arbab wins Peshawar 4 with 73,781 votes as MMA's Arbab Najeebullah Khan stands second with 18,111 votes.

NA-66: PTI’s Chaudhry Farrukh Altaf wins Jhelum 1 with 112,356 votes. PML-N’s Chaudhry Nadeem Khadim second with 92,912 votes.

NA-63: PTI's Ghulam Sarwar Khan wins Rawalpindi 7 (Taxila) with 64,301 votes as former PML-N leader and independent candidate Chaudhry Nisar stands at second place with 48,497 votes.

NA-153: PML-N's Chaudhry Iftikhar Nazir wins Khanewal 4 with 106,291 votes. PTI's Malik Ghulam Murtaza Maitla comes second with 76,920 votes.

NA-120: PML-N’s Rana Tanvir Hussain wins Sheikhupura 2 with 99,674 votes. PTI's Ali Asghar Chaudhry is the runner-up with 74, 165 votes.

NA-224: PPP's Zulfiqar Bachani emerged victorious in NA-224 Tando Allahyar election after he attained 80,230 votes. GDA's Mohammad Mohsin stood runner-up with 51,536 votes.

NA-52: PTI's Khurram Shehzad Nawaz won election in NA-52 Islamabad-1 by bagging 64,690 votes. He was trailed by PML-N candidate Tariq Fazl Chaudhry, who secured 34,072 votes.

NA-124: PML-N's Hamza Shehbaz won election in NA-124 Lahore-2 by bagging 139,443 votes. He was followed by PTI candidate Nauman Qaisar, who secured 69,251 votes.

NA-119: PTI's Rahat Amanullah won NA-119 Sheikhupura-1 polls securing 126,025 votes. He was trailed by PML-N's Rana Afzaal Hussain, who attained 103,572 votes.

NA-171: PML-N's Riaz Hussain Pirzada won election in NA-171 Bahawalpur-2 with 59,500 votes. He was followed by PTI's Naeemuddin Waraich, who secured 53,109 votes.

NA-150: Independent candidate Syed Fakhar Imam won polls in NA-150 Khanewal-1 by securing 82,595 votes. PTI's Mohammad Raza Hayat Hiraj stood runner-up with 71,034 votes.

NA-194: PTI's Nasrullah Dareshak won NA-194 Rajanpur-2 election by securing 75,209 votes. Dareshak was followed by independent Hafeezur Rehman Khan Dareshak, who attained 60,311 votes.

NA-71: PTI's Mohammad Ilyas Chaudhry has won the polls in NA-71 Gujrat-4 bagging 87,181 votes. PML-N's Chaudhry Abid Raza Kotla stood runner-up with 79,946 votes.

NA-190: PTI's Zulfikar Ali Khosa has emerged victorious in NA-190 Dera Ghazi Khan-2 polls by securing 62,936 votes. Khosa was followed by independent candidate Amjad Farooq Khosa, who bagged 56,310.

NA-12: PTI's Nawaz Khan has won the election in NA-12 Battagram by bagging 21,200 votes. Khan was followed by MMA's Mohammad Yousuf, who attained 16,789 votes.

NA-137: PML-N's Saad Wasim Akhtar won the polls in NA-137 Kasur-1 by securing 38,077 votes. Akhtar was followed by PTI candidate Sardar Asif Ahmed Ali, who could only secure 11,359 votes.

NA-17: PTI's Umer Ayub Khan won election in NA-17 Haripur after he attained 166,786 votes. PML-N's Babar Nawaz Khan stood runner-up in the polls with 149,292 votes.

NA-16: PTI's Ali Khan Jadoon has emerged victorious from NA-16 Abbottabad-2 by securing 91,770 votes. Jadoon was followed by PML-N candidate Malik Mohammad Awan, who bagged 57,995 votes.

NA-155: PTI's Amir Dogar has won the election in NA-155 Multan-2 by attaining 88,567 votes, unofficial and unconfirmed results from all polling stations suggested. PML-N candidate Sheikh Mohammad Tariq Rasheed stood runner-up with 71,457 votes.

NA-5: PTI's Sahibzada Sibghatullah wins NA-5 Upper Dir polls by bagging 49,299 votes, according to unofficial and unconfirmed results from all polling stations. PPP's Najmuddin Khan stood runner-up with 28,736 votes.

NA-193: PTI's Jaffer Khan Leghari has won the polls in NA-193 Rajanpur-1 with 87,915 votes, unofficial and unconfirmed results from all polling stations suggested. Leghari was followed by PML-N's Sardar Sher Ali Khan Gurchani, who could secure 55,409 votes.

NA-156: PTI's Shah Mehmood Qureshi wins polls in NA-156 Multan-3 by securing 93,500 votes, unofficial and unconfirmed results from all polling station suggest. PML-N's Amir Saeed Ansari stood runner-up with 74,624 votes to his credit.

Imran Khan claims victory in Pakistan elections

 Pakistan cricket legend turned opposition stalwart Imran Khan claimed victory Thursday in the country's tense elections, following accusations of poll rigging by rival parties.

"We were successful and we were given a mandate," Khan said during a live broadcast.

Latest party posistion at 4pm

Imran Khan's party is all set to become the largest party in the parliament

Latest unofficial party position at 4.00pm UAE time

PTI 118

PML-N 62

PPP 39

Imran Khan summons party leaders as PTI leads

As early results showed the victory of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the general elections, PTI chairman Imran Khan summoned his party leaders on Thursday for consultations at his residence in Bani Gala.

According to the sources in the know of the development, the party leaders will discuss and decide the strategies for forming a government.

Khan is expected to ask his party leaders to contact independent candidates from across the Punjab and enlist their support. The meeting will formulate a strategy to counter opponent's allegation that the elections were rigged.

Latest party position

Latest unofficial results show Imran’s party losing a couple of seats. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is still in the lead with 117 seats  

Latest party position at 1.30pm UAE time

PTI: 117

PML N: 64

PPP: 37

 Early trends: 

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Jemima congratulates Imran Khan

Jemima Goldsmith, the first wife of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan, has congratulated her former husband on his  victory in Pakistan elections.

"22 years later, after humiliations, hurdles and sacrifices, my sons’ father is Pakistan’s next PM. It’s an incredible lesson in tenacity, belief  & refusal to accept defeat. The challenge now is to remember why he entered politics in the 1st place. Congratulations!," she wrote on twitter.


A file photo of Imran and Jemima.

She has also recounted her experience during Imran Khan’s first election in 1997. “Untested, idealistic and politically naive. I waited up for the call in Lahore with 3 month old Sulaiman,” she wrote.

Someone who has always expressed her love for Pakistan and its people even after the divorce from Imran, she had earlier used twitter to wish Pakistanis a happy election day. 

PTI in a commanding position

With nearly half the votes counted, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, is in a commanding lead.

But supporters of jailed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the counting process was an assault on democracy.

Party position at 10.30am (UAE time)

PTI: 120

PML N: 61

PPP: 40

The stock market shot up nearly 2 per cent in early trading on relief the likely coalition government will not be a weak one. Pakistan faces a mounting economic crisis that is likely to require a bailout by the International Monetary Fund, although PTI has not ruled out seeking succor from China, Islamabad's closest ally, reports Reuters.

Imran’s party increases lead

Former cricketer Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has increased its lead over the rivals in the last hour. It is inching closer to the magic figure of 137, the number of seats needed to form a government. 

Official declaration from the Election Commission is yet to come but here is the latest unofficial party positions at 8.30am (UAE time):

PTI: 119

PML N: 61

PPP: 40

 

 

The latest party position at 7.30am

With counting of votes still underway in the 11th general assembly of Pakistan, PTI supporters across the country started early celebrations in anticipation of their party's victory while PML-N cast doubts over the counting process. Here's the latest party position,according unofficial TV reports.

PTI: 112

PML N: 64

PPP: 44

IND: 18

MMA: 08

 

'No conspiracy' as vote result delayed

Reuters

A top Pakistani election official said results from Wednesday's general election were coming in late because of technical issues, and there was "no conspiracy" in the delay.

"There's no conspiracy, nor any pressure in delay of the results," Babar Yaqoob, secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan, told reporters on Thursday. "The delay is being caused because the result transmission system has collapsed."

He said he could not set an exact deadline when the full results would be released but it would be as soon as possible.

Chief Election Commisioner Sardar Mohammad Raza later defended the process after Sharif's party and at least four others contesting the elections alleged the counting was manipulated.

"These elections were 100 per cent transparent and fair," Raza said. "There is no stain. Why don't you think the five political parties might be wrong?"

With 30 per cent of the total vote counted, Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Movement for Justice, was listed by the ECP as leading in 113 of 272 contested National Assembly constituencies.

Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was ahead in 66 constituencies, and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), led by the son of assassinated two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto, led in 39 constituencies.

Khan's camp was increasingly confident, although it still appeared likely to fall short of the 137 seats needed for a majority in the National Assembly, raising the prospect it would need to find coalition partners among smaller parties and independents.

Sharif rejects count amid rigging allegations

AFP

One of the main candidates in Pakistan's election, Shahbaz Sharif, rejected the results of the poll Thursday as counting was still underway, alleging ‘blatant’ rigging.

"It's such a blatant rigging that everyone has started crying. Today what they have done has pushed Pakistan back 30 years... We reject this result," Sharif, who leads the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), told a press conference in Lahore.

Shortly before he spoke state television said that just 18 per cent of the vote had been counted so far.

 

Late night trend favours Imran Khan's PTI

By Ashfaq Ahmed, Deputy UAE Editor

Dubai: Pakistan's biggest ever polling exercise largely ended smoothly with sporadic incidents of violence, including a bomb blast in Quetta resulting in death of 31 people.

Late night trend of unofficial results indicate win for Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) closely followed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the PPP lagging far behind at third place. PTI supporters erupted in celebration as the electronic media started announcing unofficial results showing lead for Imran Khan in Pakistan’s 11th General Election.

Voters came out in record number braving any security concern to give their verdict in a knife-edge general election.

Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan celebrate during general election in Lahore. AFP

Most analysts had predicted a hung parliament in the 342 seat National Assembly but going by the trends, it may Imran Khan all the way if he manages to secure more than 137 out of 272 contested seats. Announcement of final official results will start today by the Election Commission of Pakistan. 

As many as 12,570 candidates contested for a total of 849 seats of national and provincial assemblies in the general election yesterday in a race to the parliament.

Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor thanked the nation for using their right to vote and showing their love for the men in uniform. “Thank you fellow Pakistanis. World has seen your love and  respect for Pakistan Armed Forces. You have rejected all kinds of malicious propaganda,” he tweeted. 

According to unofficial TV reports at 8.25pm (UAE time).

Results trends. National Assembly

PTI: 75
PML-N: 51
PPP: 27

According to early trends, Imran Khan's PTI is showing a slight edge over Nawaz Sharif's PML-N.

Imran Khan summoned by election commission

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has been summoned by the election commission to appear before it on July 30 for allegedly breaching the secrecy of ballot while casting his vote at a polling station of a Islamabad parliamentary seat, from where he is contesting the general elections, according to media reports.

The 65-year-old cricketer-turned-politician came under the scanner of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) after his vote was telecast live in full view of the media and cameras at the presiding officer's table at the polling station of NA-53 constituency, rather than behind the screen as required by the law.

The ECP Imran Khan on July 30 for breach of secrecy of ballot, the Dawn reported.

Vote-counting begins

Pakistani election officials count ballots papers after polls closed at a polling station in Lahore. AFP

Vote-counting began on Wednesday in a knife-edge Pakistan general election.

Analysts said the vote was too close to call as polls closed at 6pm (1300 GMT).

Gallup Pakistan estimated turnout at between 50 to 55 per cent in an electorate of nearly 106 million, similar to the previous contest in 2013.

TV reports showed election workers sorting through massive piles of paper ballots at polling stations across the country.

There were more than 19 million new potential voters, including millions of women and young people.

Election banners at Charing Cross. Photo: Emanuel Sarfraz

Banners in support of Imran Khan to become Prime Minister by trader community of Hall Road which is hub of electronic goods markets. Photo: Emanuel Sarfraz