Nawaz Sharif's party says army's 'pre-poll rigging' benefits Imran Khan

Imran Khan declares victory in Pakistan’s general elections

Pakistan was gripped by electoral chaos Thursday with the results from its pivotal general election delayed and major parties denouncing "blatant rigging", as former cricket champion Imran Khan appeared on course for victory.

Unofficial results on local TV shows are claiming an early lead for Mr Khan, but amid allegations of voting irregularities, the result remains uncertain.

In addition to charges of fraud, the vote was overshadowed by a suicide bombing early on July 25 which killed 31 people outside a polling station in the southwestern city of Quetta.

A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) worker was killed and two others injured as party activists clashed with Awami National Party (ANP) workers outside a polling station in Nawan Kali in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, according to Express News. He did not say who he believes could have rigged the polls, but allegations of manipulating the elections have been made against the country's powerful military.

Khan's ex-wife, British film producer Jemima Goldsmith, tweeted her congratulations.

A spokeswoman for Mr Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), said there were already "serious reservations" about the vote count after reports that soldiers stationed in polling stations had thrown out political parties' monitors during the tabulations.

Whichever party wins, it will face a mounting and urgent in-tray, from a brewing economic crisis to worsening relations with on-off ally the United States to deepening cross-country water shortages. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has said that there are "ample grounds" to doubt the legitimacy of the election, a view echoed by Sharif, who described his arrest as motivated by "blind revenge" and said upon his return to Pakistan "what credibility is now left of the elections?"

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Shahbaz Sharif, the leader of the Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), dismissed results from Wednesday's nationwide poll as counting was still underway. The front-runner is former cricket star Imran Khan - who ran on an anti-corruption and nationalist platform.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani lost to PTI's Mohammad Ibrahim in Multan's Shujabad constituency.

The ECP said that it has so far received 600 complaints from all over Pakistan regarding the ongoing elections.

Thousands of Khan's supporters took to the streets to celebrate in Islamabad as news of a possible victory emerged.

"I have voted for PML-N my whole life but this time I voted for PTI because Imran Khan has promised free education and health", said 75-year-old Uzma Akram.

But if his party is delayed in forming a government, it could further damage the country's economy which has a looming currency crisis and is expected to force the government to turn to the International Monetary Fund for a bailout. "The way the people's mandate has blatantly been insulted, it is intolerable", Shehbaz, PML-N president and Nawaz Sharif's brother, told a news conference as the counting continued. PTI has not ruled out seeking succour from China, Islamabad's closest ally. The PTI and ruling PML-N are thought to be neck and neck in the elections.

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