Imran Khan Starts Preparations For Formation Of Govt

PTI continues to gain momentum

While the opposition parties claim that Tareen is "buying out" the independent in order to give PTI the lead in centre and Punjab, the party has denied all such allegations, claiming that the candidates have pledged their full support to fulfil the vision of the PTI chief.

A leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party termed Modi's telephone call congratulating Khan on his victory a "welcome sign". There are 13 independents who have won the NA seats.

His main opponent, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, said that his party has "reservations" over the way the election was held, but conceded to strengthen the country's democracy.

Imran Khan's party announced on Monday (Jul 30) it has acquired enough seats in Pakistan's lower house through coalition talks to form a majority government.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Monday that any potential International Monetary Fund bailout for Pakistan's new government should not provide funds to pay off Chinese lenders. The meeting in Islamabad was chaired by PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif and Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) president Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

The biggest loser in these elections has been the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the former governing party that saw its parliamentary power reduced to 64 seats. "We hope that it will be a straightforward government that is free of thieves and that cares about the country", she said.

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Khan was also widely seen as the preferred candidate of the country's powerful military, which has directly ruled Pakistan for nearly half its independent existence since 1947, and has maintained an outsize influence over politics throughout that period.

The EU Election Observation Mission, in its preliminary findings, said the electoral process was "not as good" as the 2013 election and campaign week featured a "lack of equality" that meant it was not a level playing field for all parties. "The people of Afghanistan need peace, and Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan".

"Explicitly linking the fight against poverty to regional trade was an important assessment by Khan as was his criticism of the Pakistan-India blame game".

It was after these calculations that the PTI leadership has now made a decision to reach out to other smaller groups and independents since the party has already declared that it will not join hands with the PPP and the PML-N.

The Allahu Akbar Tehreek party of Hafiz Saeed, who is accused of masterminding the 2008 attacks that killed 166 people in the Indian city of Mumbai, did not win a single seat.

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