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Unconventional Election Results in Pakistan: Imran Khan’s Supporters Win, But May Be Excluded from Government Formation


Feb 11, 2024
Khan emerges victorious in Pakistan’s elections but will not lead the government

In the 2024 Pakistan general election, former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s supporters won a majority of seats, but they could be excluded from negotiating to form a government coalition. The Army Chief Syed Asim Munir emphasized the need for Pakistan to “break away from the policy of anarchy and polarization which is not befitting of a progressive country.” Despite this, Imran Khan’s party has exceeded expectations, with independent candidates supported by him winning at least 99 seats. Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), the expected favorite in the elections, obtained 71 seats, and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is third with 53 seats.

Imran Khan released an AI-generated video showing him claiming victory in the elections. In this video, he says that he congratulates all of you for winning the 2024 elections. However, fifteen of the 266 seats up for grabs in this election have yet to be filled, which means that the three main blocs will have to negotiate alliances in order to form a government.

In the absence of an absolute majority, all options remain open for the three main blocs to form alliances. Nawaz Sharif invited other successful parties and candidates to work with his party, despite Imran Khan’s party achieving unexpected success but running as independents. The smaller parties won 27 seats in total and could attract Imran Khan’s attention in the coming days.

For Imran Khan’s voters many believe that their victory was stolen from them due to delays in counting and suspicions about manipulation fueled by closure of mobile phone and internet services by authorities during election campaign marked by accusations of “pre-election fraud” and marginalization of popular Imran Khan who is currently serving prison sentence and was not allowed to appear on ballot papers. On Friday Washington and London expressed concerns about conduct of elections and protests took place in Peshawar capital city

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