Khan's party claims majority to form Pakistan govt after coalition talks

Khan's party claims majority to form Pakistan govt after coalition talks

Khan's party claims majority to form Pakistan govt after coalition talks

Khan's party on Sunday announced that it is trying to reach out to smaller parties and independents to form the next government. According to PTI sources, Khan has consulted his party leaders about the federal cabinet and formation of government in Punjab where PML-N is also in the race.

When contacted by Dawn News, PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry claimed that PTI had clinched 137 seats of the National Assembly out of 270 and, therefore, it would easily form its government in the capital.

The Election Commission (ECP) said Friday that with only a handful of seats left to count, Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will be the biggest party in parliament.

In this regard, PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that many independent candidates were those who couldn't be allotted the PTI ticket due to which they contest on their own. "A decision about it will be taken by the party in consultation with the foreign ministry in coming days", he said.

On the other hand, Imran said in a post-election press conference that he wanted a "balanced relation" with the US.

Several political parties have alleged vote-rigging, and have threatened nationwide protests, unless a new election is called. The meeting in Islamabad was chaired by PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif and Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) president Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Beyond forming a government, Khan's most pressing concern is addressing Pakistan's rapidly deteriorating finances and many investors and analysts expect a bailout from China or the International Monetary Fund is inevitable.

During his victory speech on Thursday Khan said: "We want to work in every possible way to ensure peace in Afghanistan".

Gahler said European Union observers had not witnessed any military interference in polling stations they assessed.

He added later: "The credibility or the legitimacy of this process, that is for the people of Pakistan".

Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the US State Department, said Washington agreed with the EU's observation that "positive changes to the legal framework for elections in Pakistan" were eclipsed by "restrictions on freedom of expression and unequal campaign opportunities".

The PTI chief expressed gratitude towards the players and said that Pakistani cricket team will be made number one in the sport and great opportunities will be provided to them. Both the PML-N and PPP say their party monitors at many voting centres were either kicked out during counting or had not received the official notifications of the precinct's results, instead being given handwritten tallies they could not verify.

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