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As Imran Khan’s PTI takes lead in Pakistan elections, he plans his next move

Imran 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.
Pins with images of Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), are pictured at a market a day after general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 26, 201(REUTERS File Photo)
Pins with images of Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), are pictured at a market a day after general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 26, 201(REUTERS File Photo)
Published on Jul 26, 2018 05:20 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByIndo Asian News Service and Associated Press

China says ready to work with new government in Pakistan

China also said it was glad to see “smooth elections” in Pakistan and hoped the results will not affect the development of bilateral ties.
China has high stakes in Pakistan where it has invested over $50 billion on a multitude of infrastructure projects under its ambitious Belt and Road programme.(File photo)
China has high stakes in Pakistan where it has invested over $50 billion on a multitude of infrastructure projects under its ambitious Belt and Road programme.(File photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 04:48 PM IST
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Beijing | ByIndo Asian News Service

My sons’ father is next Pakistan PM, says Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima Khan

Jemima, 44, who earlier prayed for his success praised Khan in a series of tweets, saying father of her two sons will be the next prime minister of Pakistan.
Imran Khan’s ex-British wife Jemima Khan on Thursday congratulated him by declaring the cricketer-turned-politician as Pakistan’s next prime minister even before the announcement of the official results.(AFP Photo)
Imran Khan’s ex-British wife Jemima Khan on Thursday congratulated him by declaring the cricketer-turned-politician as Pakistan’s next prime minister even before the announcement of the official results.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 04:59 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByPress Trust of India

Imran Khan leads in Pakistan election, Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N party alleges ‘outright rigging’, EC rejects charge

The controversy follows a bitter campaign season marred by allegations of interference from the country’s powerful military, with former cricket star Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) accused of being the beneficiary
Supporters of Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), also known as Movement for Justice, hold signs while celebrating on a street in Lahore, Pakistan, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Pakistan's Imran Khan took an early lead in a tightly-fought election.(Bloomberg)
Supporters of Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), also known as Movement for Justice, hold signs while celebrating on a street in Lahore, Pakistan, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Pakistan's Imran Khan took an early lead in a tightly-fought election.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 12:19 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByAgencies

This rigging has pushed Pakistan back 30 years, says Shahbaz Sharif

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Shahbaz Sharif expressed reservations over the polling process, saying his party does not accept the preliminary results.
Shahbaz Sharif addressed a press conference in Lahore.(REUTERS File)
Shahbaz Sharif addressed a press conference in Lahore.(REUTERS File)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 05:11 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse | ByAgence France-Presse, Lahore

Imran Khan leads in Pakistan elections marred by fraud allegations

Pakistan election results: Former cricket captain nears his goal to be the country’s next prime minister but he may not get a clear majority .
Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) celebrate during the general election in Karachi on July 25.(REUTERS)
Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) celebrate during the general election in Karachi on July 25.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 08:25 AM IST
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Pakistan election results highlights: Imran Khan accuses Indian Army of human rights violations in Kashmir

Pakistani cricket icon-turned-politician Imran Khan declared victory on Thursday after a general election that has been marred by long delays in ballot counting and claims of rigging by opponents.With more than 80% of the votes counted, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan, from Wednesday’s election, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Movement for Justice, was in a commanding lead in the nuclear-armed Muslim nation. But supporters of jailed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the counting process was an assault on democracy in a country that has a history of military rule. Here are highlights on the election results:

Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan promised ease of doing business and inviting investments for employment generation.(Reuters)
Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan promised ease of doing business and inviting investments for employment generation.(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 11:43 PM IST
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Pakistan election commission summons Imran Khan for violating code of conduct

According to the Pakistani media, the election commission has taken notice of Imran Khan’s voting being video recorded during the close general election pitting the cricket hero against the party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, casts his vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday.(AP photo)
Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, casts his vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday.(AP photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 08:15 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByPress Trust of India

Pakistan’s ‘dirtiest election’: Counting begins after polling marred by clashes, blast

Pakistan elections 2018: There were more than 19 million new potential voters, including millions of women and young people. A suicide bombing in Quetta, claimed by the Islamic State, killed at least 31 people and cast a shadow over voting day.
An election official counts ballots after polls closed during the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 25, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha(REUTERS)
An election official counts ballots after polls closed during the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 25, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 07:45 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse, Islamabad | ByAgence France-Presse, Islamabad

Pakistan election 2018: Imran Khan’s vote may be cancelled for violating ‘secrecy of ballot’, say reports

According to the Pakistani media, the election commission has taken notice of Imran Khan’s voting being video recorded during the close general election pitting the cricket hero against the party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, casts his vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday.(AP)
Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, casts his vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday.(AP)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 04:13 PM IST
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Pakistan election 2018: Restaurants offer free food deals to motivate people to vote

Pakistan Assembly election: Several Restaurants across Pakistan were offering free food and free drinks as an incentive to make people vote as the country went to polls
A woman receives an ink mark on her thumb before casting her ballot during general election, at a polling station in Rawalpindi, Pakistan July 25, 2018.(REUTERS)
A woman receives an ink mark on her thumb before casting her ballot during general election, at a polling station in Rawalpindi, Pakistan July 25, 2018.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 03:12 PM IST
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Karachi | ByPress Trust of India

It’s Imran Khan vs Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan elections 2018: Latest in 10 points

The Pakistan election 2018 is seen as direct contest between former flamboyant cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
A street is decorated with the flags and banners of political parties ahead of a general election in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.(Reuters Photo)
A street is decorated with the flags and banners of political parties ahead of a general election in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 03:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Cricket star. Sex symbol. Prime Minister? It may be Imran Khan’s time

And Wednesday, when Pakistan holds nationwide elections, Imran Khan is the party leader widely seen as most likely to emerge with a shot at forming a government.
Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, addresses supporters during an election campaign in Lahore, Pakistan.(AP File Photo)
Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, addresses supporters during an election campaign in Lahore, Pakistan.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 10:25 AM IST
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Pakistan Election Results 2018 LIVE: Imran Khan leads, PTI and PML-N neck and neck

Millions of Pakistanis began voting in general polls on Wednesday to choose a new parliament and provincial assemblies in an election seen as a two-way race between parties led by former cricketer Imran Khan and jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.Opinion polls in the run up to the Pakistan assembly election have put Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf a little ahead of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (N) and the Pakistan Peoples’ Party of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in the third place. Thousands of candidates belonging to extremist and militant sectarian groups are also contesting the general elections in Pakistan. Live Updates on Pakistan Election 2018:

Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan (C), head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, arrives at a polling station to cast his vote during the general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018.(AFP)
Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan (C), head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, arrives at a polling station to cast his vote during the general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 08:59 PM IST
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Pakistan election 2018: Why there’s hope for the country’s democracy

Pakistan election 2018: As an estimated 105.95 million voters head to polls across the country on Wednesday, analysts say the future of Pakistan’s democracy is at stake
Pakistan election 2018: Polling staff gather at a distribution centre to receive voting material for elections, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 24, 2018.(AP Photo)
Pakistan election 2018: Polling staff gather at a distribution centre to receive voting material for elections, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 24, 2018.(AP Photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 08:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Islamabad | ByImtiaz Ahmad

Pakistan election 2018: Imran Khan’s shot at power under Army’s watch

Most Pakistanis, when asked, seem to believe their next prime minister will be cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTU). While this excites some, others are disillusioned by the thought.
Workers, who set up the venue, sit under a wall with a billboard displaying photo of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), political party, as they listen to him during a campaign rally ahead of general elections in Karachi, Pakistan.(Reuters File Photo)
Workers, who set up the venue, sit under a wall with a billboard displaying photo of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), political party, as they listen to him during a campaign rally ahead of general elections in Karachi, Pakistan.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 08:34 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Islamabad | ByImtiaz Ahmad

Pakistan election 2018: How major players have brought religion back to centrestage

Pakistan is set to elect its third consecutive civilian government in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections. Islamic fundamentalists, moderates and liberals, as well as secular politicians are taking part in the vote, which comes in the wake of election-related violence.
Supporters of hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) ride on bikes during an election rally in Karachi. Pakistan's politicians, including PM hopeful Imran Khan, are mainstreaming extremism by invoking hardline issues such as blasphemy, analysts say.(AFP/File Photo)
Supporters of hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) ride on bikes during an election rally in Karachi. Pakistan's politicians, including PM hopeful Imran Khan, are mainstreaming extremism by invoking hardline issues such as blasphemy, analysts say.(AFP/File Photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 10:45 AM IST
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Islamabad | ByAssociated Press

Pakistan Election 2018: A look at the seats up for grabs

More than 12,000 candidates are vying for 272 seats in parliament and 577 seats in four provincial assemblies as Pakistan goes to elections.
A man goes through a list of materials for distribution among electoral workers, ahead of general election in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday.(Reuters photo)
A man goes through a list of materials for distribution among electoral workers, ahead of general election in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday.(Reuters photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 08:38 AM IST
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Islamabad | ByAssociated Press

Pakistan election campaign marred by charges of rigging, intimidation

The rancorous campaign and charges of manipulation have polarized Pakistanis, and whichever party loses is likely to cry fraud.
A soldier escorts electoral workers carrying election materials after collecting them at a distribution point, ahead of general election in Lahore, Pakistan on July 24.(REUTERS)
A soldier escorts electoral workers carrying election materials after collecting them at a distribution point, ahead of general election in Lahore, Pakistan on July 24.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 24, 2018 11:47 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByAssociated Press

Imran Khan to Bilawal Bhutto: Key players in Pakistan elections 2018

Political analysts believe smaller parties may ultimately profit in the case of a hung Parliament, which seems to be becoming a distinct possibility. The mainstreaming of extremist organisations have also alarmed political observers.
A billboard in Karachi displaying photo of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, ahead of Pakistan elections.(REUTERS)
A billboard in Karachi displaying photo of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, ahead of Pakistan elections.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 08:21 AM IST
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What does foreign media say on the Pakistan election

A majority of foreign media reports ahead of the Pakistan general election on Wednesday dwelt on the twin concerns of alleged military interference and militant participation in the electoral contest.
Soldiers arrive at a polling station in Lahore on Tuesday amid rising allegations of military inference.(AP Photo)
Soldiers arrive at a polling station in Lahore on Tuesday amid rising allegations of military inference.(AP Photo)
Updated on Jul 24, 2018 06:12 PM IST
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Pakistan election 2018: Imran Khan’s shot at PM post, military influence, campaign violence

Most Pakistanis, when asked, seem to believe their next prime minister will be cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. While this excites some, others are disillusioned by the thought.
Pakistani election officials wait outside a distribution center to collect ballot boxes and voting materials in Karachi on July 24, 2018. Pakistan will hold its general election on July 25.(AFP Photo)
Pakistani election officials wait outside a distribution center to collect ballot boxes and voting materials in Karachi on July 24, 2018. Pakistan will hold its general election on July 25.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jul 24, 2018 02:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Islamabad | ByImtiaz Ahmad

Pak politicians like Imran Khan invoke blasphemy, mainstream extremism in elections

Warnings that invoking hardline issues like blasphemy in the elections come as Pakistan confronts anger over a new wave of militant attacks which have killed 175 people at campaign events ahead of polls on July 25.
Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, addresses his supporters during an election campaign in Lahore, Pakistan.(AP Photo)
Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, addresses his supporters during an election campaign in Lahore, Pakistan.(AP Photo)
Published on Jul 24, 2018 11:33 AM IST
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Agence France-Presse, Islamabad | ByAgence France-Presse

Rock the vote: Pakistan’s political parties use music to unify support

Political parties in Pakistan have used music as a way of spreading slogans and unifying supporters since the rise of pop music in the late 1980s, following the end of a military dictatorship.
In this picture taken on July 17, 2018, Asif Butt, better known by his stage persona DJ Butt, performs during a rally of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Islamabad. Pakistani political rallies have been transformed in recent years to festive blowouts, designed to entertain as much as inspire supporters to vote.(AFP)
In this picture taken on July 17, 2018, Asif Butt, better known by his stage persona DJ Butt, performs during a rally of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Islamabad. Pakistani political rallies have been transformed in recent years to festive blowouts, designed to entertain as much as inspire supporters to vote.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 23, 2018 01:56 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByAgence France-Presse

Pakistan needs a strong and independent civilian government

The campaign in Pakistan seems designed to clear a path for ex-cricketer Imran Khan’s party and other candidates equally sympathetic to the military’s priorities, including some known Islamic extremists.
A supporter of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), political party, wears a mask and dance on party songs during a campaign rally ahead of general elections in Karachi, Pakistan.(REUTERS File Photo)
A supporter of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), political party, wears a mask and dance on party songs during a campaign rally ahead of general elections in Karachi, Pakistan.(REUTERS File Photo)
Published on Jul 23, 2018 12:15 PM IST
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Nawaz Sharif ‘protecting India’s interests, wants weak government in Pakistan’, alleges Imran Khan

Imran Khan alleged that Nawaz Sharif, who is now serving 10-years jail term in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi in a corruption case, had always tried to defame the Pakistan armed forces and institutions
(FILES) In this file picture taken on April 17, 2018, ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif looks on as he attends a seminar in Islamabad.(AFP)
(FILES) In this file picture taken on April 17, 2018, ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif looks on as he attends a seminar in Islamabad.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 23, 2018 11:36 AM IST
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Islamabad | ByPress Trust of India

PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif vows to make Pakistan better than India

Shehbaz Sharif, ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s brother and former Punjab chief minister, called on supporters to vote for him in the upcoming general election and promised to take Pakistan ahead of India.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Shehbaz Sharif(AFP File Photo)
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Shehbaz Sharif(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jul 23, 2018 10:18 AM IST
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Islamabad | ByPress Trust of India

Imran Khan, playboy Pakistan cricket hero turned reformist politician

Imran Khan’s shot at becoming prime minister in Pakistan elections on July 25 -- believed to be his best chance since entering politics two decades ago
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 27, 1997, Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan (C) looks on as his then-wife Jemima Khan speaks with supermodel Naomi Campbell (R) during an event for the arrival of the Blue Train in Cape Town.(AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 27, 1997, Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan (C) looks on as his then-wife Jemima Khan speaks with supermodel Naomi Campbell (R) during an event for the arrival of the Blue Train in Cape Town.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 22, 2018 01:59 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByAgence France-Presse

How young Pakistani voters are using smartphones to call out politicians

Many of them are savvy social media users, utilising platforms such as YouTube and Facebook Live to undermine traditional voting patterns by posting videos calling out the powerful.
In the week leading up to general election in Pakistan, videos have gone viral and even made their way on to Pakistan’s numerous and raucous television channels, ensuring they are broadcast to audiences without access to social media.(AFP)
In the week leading up to general election in Pakistan, videos have gone viral and even made their way on to Pakistan’s numerous and raucous television channels, ensuring they are broadcast to audiences without access to social media.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 21, 2018 08:15 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByAgence France-Presse

Mandela centenary a timely reminder of his statesmanship

Nelson Mandela’s was uncompromising in his fight for rights and equality, but that did not men closing the door for reconciliation and inclusive co-existence
Among books written on Nelson Mandela, ‘Higher Than Hope’ has a significance all of its own.(HT PHOTO)
Among books written on Nelson Mandela, ‘Higher Than Hope’ has a significance all of its own.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 20, 2018 12:47 AM IST
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