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The posters of Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan are displayed along a highway in Islamabad on Saturday. Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician Khan was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday.(AP)

Economy to army: Five challenges Pakistan’s new PM Imran Khan faces

Islamabad | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 05:18 PM IST
Imran Khan takes oath: Here’s a look at the biggest hurdles he faces as the prime minister of Pakistan.
Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif of the PML-N party is among 10 political parties chief who have failed to obtain the mandatory 25% of the total votes polled in their constituencies, and stand to lose their security deposit.(AFP File Photo)
Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif of the PML-N party is among 10 political parties chief who have failed to obtain the mandatory 25% of the total votes polled in their constituencies, and stand to lose their security deposit.(AFP File Photo)

Pakistan election: Shehbaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto fail to get minimum vote share, to lose security deposit

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 09:57 PM IST
A candidate, contesting on a National Assembly seat, has to deposit Rs 30,000 as nomination fee while filing their nomination papers.
Labourers, who set up the venue, sit under a wall with a billboard displaying a photo of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), political party in Karachi, Pakistan.(Reuters)
Labourers, who set up the venue, sit under a wall with a billboard displaying a photo of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), political party in Karachi, Pakistan.(Reuters)

Imran Khan’s party bags 33 more seats as PTI set to form government

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 02:45 PM IST
Imran Khan’s party, which is just 14 short of the number required for simple majority, will depend on smaller parties to prove its majority in the House.
A supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician and head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party Imran Khan stands next to poster of him near Khan’s residence in Islamabad. The use of the phone app and the database partly explains how Khan’s party managed to win tight-margin races in the nuclear-armed nation of 208 million people.(AFP)
A supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician and head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party Imran Khan stands next to poster of him near Khan’s residence in Islamabad. The use of the phone app and the database partly explains how Khan’s party managed to win tight-margin races in the nuclear-armed nation of 208 million people.(AFP)

How a phone app, database of 50 million voters helped Imran Khan claim victory in Pakistan election

Reuters, Islamabad | By Saad Sayeed and Drazen Jorgic
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2018 10:14 AM IST
Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party usage of the database and the associated app represents a sea change in the antiquated way in which Pakistan’s biggest parties conduct elections.
A voter casts her vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan.(REUTERS File)
A voter casts her vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan.(REUTERS File)

Pakistan elections: 1.67 million votes were rejected, says report

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2018 11:31 PM IST
The report said the increase in rejected votes was observed in all four provinces and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
Kapil Dev said he congratulated Imran Khan over phone on his becoming Prime-Minister-in-waiting.(PTI/File Photo)
Kapil Dev said he congratulated Imran Khan over phone on his becoming Prime-Minister-in-waiting.(PTI/File Photo)

Yet to get formal invite for Imran Khan’s swearing-in: Kapil Dev

Bengaluru | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 04, 2018 06:14 PM IST
Former India captain Kapil Dev on Saturday said he is yet to get a formal invite from Pakistan Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan to attend his swearing-in ceremony though he has been informally communicated to be present at the event.
A big poster of Imran Khan, head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, at a market in Islamabad on July 28.(AP Photo)
A big poster of Imran Khan, head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, at a market in Islamabad on July 28.(AP Photo)

Imran Khan to be sworn in as PM before August 14, his party says

Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2018 08:00 PM IST
Imran Khan’s party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, has won 115 general seats. A PTI leader said consultations are on to complete the number game as a party can only form government if it manages to secure 172 seats in total.
Hafiz Saeed, center, head of the Pakistani religious party Jamaat-ud-Dawa, affixes his thumb impression before casting a vote in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 25, 2018.(AP File Photo)
Hafiz Saeed, center, head of the Pakistani religious party Jamaat-ud-Dawa, affixes his thumb impression before casting a vote in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 25, 2018.(AP File Photo)

Extremist groups rejected, Hafiz Saeed-backed party fails to win a single seat in Pakistan election: Results

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 06:07 PM IST
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), not a single candidate of the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek party, supported by the banned Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, could win a seat
Politician Mahesh Kumar Malani is from the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP).(Twitter/Dr Mahesh Malani)
Politician Mahesh Kumar Malani is from the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP).(Twitter/Dr Mahesh Malani)

In a first, Hindu candidate wins National Assembly seat in Pakistan elections

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 08:26 PM IST
Non-Muslims in Pakistan got the right to vote and contest on general seats of the parliament and provincial assemblies in 2002.
A supporter of Imran Khan, chief of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party, releases fireworks to celebrate projected unofficial results announced by television channels indicating their candidates' success in the parliamentary elections in Islamabad on July 26.(AP Photo)
A supporter of Imran Khan, chief of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party, releases fireworks to celebrate projected unofficial results announced by television channels indicating their candidates' success in the parliamentary elections in Islamabad on July 26.(AP Photo)

US, EU, Britain voice concern over Pakistan elections

Washington/London | By HT Correspondents & Agencies
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 10:07 PM IST
US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the US also had deep reservations over the participation of terrorist-affiliated individuals in the elections.
The allegations of rigging in Wednesday’s election followed a bitter campaign in which Pakistan’s powerful military was accused of tilting the race in favour of Imran Khan.(AFP)
The allegations of rigging in Wednesday’s election followed a bitter campaign in which Pakistan’s powerful military was accused of tilting the race in favour of Imran Khan.(AFP)

Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N concedes Pakistan election to Imran Khan; EU cites concerns

Islamabad | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2018 07:34 PM IST
Shehbaz Sharif, PML-N president and brother of Nawaz Sharif, said the party would play the role of a strong opposition.
Imran Khan is set to form the government after bagging the highest number of seats in the 11th general election in the country.(Picture courtesy: Twitter/PTI official)
Imran Khan is set to form the government after bagging the highest number of seats in the 11th general election in the country.(Picture courtesy: Twitter/PTI official)

Imran Khan’s wife congratulates Pakistan for choosing a leader who ‘takes care of people’s rights’

Islamabad | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 12:12 AM IST
Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi was quoted as saying, “Allah Almighty had given the nation a leader who takes care of the rights of the people.”
File photo of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing a party general council meeting in Islamabad.(AP File Photo)
File photo of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing a party general council meeting in Islamabad.(AP File Photo)

Pakistan election results ‘tainted, dubious’, says Nawaz Sharif from inside prison

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 12:12 AM IST
Nawaz Sharif said the polls had been stolen and the “tainted and dubious” results would cast a “bad impact” on the country’s politics, the Dawn newspaper reported.
Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), speaks to members of media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 25, 2018.(Reuters)
Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), speaks to members of media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 25, 2018.(Reuters)

Imran Khan’s party gains comfortable lead in Pakistan election, but will need coalition to form govt

Islamabad | By Agencies
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2018 06:47 PM IST
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan declared his victory on Thursday and dismissed the allegations of fraud calling it the most transparent election in Pakistan’s history.
Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, gives a speech as he declares victory in the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan.(AP Photo)
Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, gives a speech as he declares victory in the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan.(AP Photo)

If India takes one step forward, we will take two: Set to be Pakistan’s new PM, Imran Khan talks peace

Islamabad, Hindustan Times | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2018 10:40 AM IST
Though the official results are yet to be declared, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf looks set to form the new government in the country’s only second civilian-to-civilian transfer of power.
An employee of the Pakistan Election Commission compiles official results of the parliamentary elections at the election commission's headquarters in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Thursday.(AP)
An employee of the Pakistan Election Commission compiles official results of the parliamentary elections at the election commission's headquarters in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Thursday.(AP)

New Android-based mobile application technology behind delay in declaring Pakistan election results

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 11:48 PM IST
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had deployed a new system called the Result Transmission System (RTS) to ensure swift result transmission from polling stations in Wednesday’s elections.
Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, on Thursday declared victory in Pakistan elections.(File photo)
Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, on Thursday declared victory in Pakistan elections.(File photo)

Pakistan elections: Imran Khan says he wants better ties with India, is not a Bollywood villain

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 09:15 PM IST
Pakistan’s cricket star turned politician Imran Khan said India and Pakistan should resolve their dispute over the divided Kashmir region through talks.
Mahira Khan is one of the top actors in Pakistan.
Mahira Khan is one of the top actors in Pakistan.

After being trolled, Mahira Khan apologises for missing Pakistan elections. Read her emotional note

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 06:26 PM IST
Mahira Khan missed Wednesday’s general elections in Pakistan and was heavily trolled for it. She has now responded to the criticism.
Pakistani head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) organisation Hafiz Saeed addresses a protest rally. Saeed backed the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek in the Pakistan election.(AFP)
Pakistani head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) organisation Hafiz Saeed addresses a protest rally. Saeed backed the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek in the Pakistan election.(AFP)

Extremist and banned groups, including Hafiz Saeed-backed party, fail miserably in Pakistan election

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 03:52 PM IST
Before the elections, concerns were raised in the country over the participation of hardline Islamist groups in large numbers.
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)

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

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 04:59 PM IST
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.
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)

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

Islamabad | By Agencies
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 12:19 PM IST
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
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)

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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 04:13 PM IST
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.
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)

Pakistan election 2018: Restaurants offer free food deals to motivate people to vote

Karachi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 03:12 PM IST
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
Women, clad in burqas, stand in line to cast their ballot at a polling station during general election in Peshawar, Pakistan July 25, 2018.(REUTERS Photo)
Women, clad in burqas, stand in line to cast their ballot at a polling station during general election in Peshawar, Pakistan July 25, 2018.(REUTERS Photo)

Pakistan election 2018: Women in Punjab’s village vote for first time since Independence

Lahore | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 03:13 PM IST
Pakistan Assembly election 2018: This time women in a village located in Khuhab, a city in Punjab, made history by casting their votes for the first time
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)

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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 03:13 PM IST
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.
Shabaz Sharif (C), the younger brother of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), stands in a queue before casting his vote during Pakistan's general election at a polling station in Lahore on July 25, 2018.(AFP Photo)
Shabaz Sharif (C), the younger brother of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), stands in a queue before casting his vote during Pakistan's general election at a polling station in Lahore on July 25, 2018.(AFP Photo)

Pakistan election 2018: A timeline of major events in Pak’s 70-year political history

Associated Press, Islamabad | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON JUL 25, 2018 11:27 AM IST
On the day of Pakistan Assembly elections 2018, here is a timeline encompassing major political and other events in Pakistan’s history
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)

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

The New York Times | By The New York Times
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 10:25 AM IST
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.
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)

Pakistan election 2018: Why there’s hope for the country’s democracy

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 08:57 AM IST
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
Army soldier stands guards where electoral workers gather to collect election materials at distribution point, ahead of general election in Peshawar, Pakistan.(Reuters Photo)
Army soldier stands guards where electoral workers gather to collect election materials at distribution point, ahead of general election in Peshawar, Pakistan.(Reuters Photo)

Pakistan election 2018: Choice between Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif’s party but neither may win majority today

By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 10:44 AM IST
Pakistan elections 2018: Pakistan’s powerful military, which has ruled for much of the nation’s history, has faced accusations during the campaign of intimidating critics and reporters to elect a pliant government.
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)

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

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 08:34 AM IST
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.
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