Erdogan congratulates Imran on election performance via telephone

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However, Sharif said he would need to consult with his party's leadership over a decision by the APC not to take the oath swearing in members of parliament.

When contacted, the PTI's Shafqat Mehmood claimed that no formal meeting had taken place in Banigala and that they (PTI leaders) had a general discussion on the challenges the party could face after formation of the government, but no names of federal ministers or chief ministers were discussed.

But Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party failed to win an outright majority in the National Assembly, with 115 of the 270 available seats in Wednesday's vote, according to Pakistan's election commission.

Khan's party did better than expected to scoop up 16.86 million votes, trouncing the party of jailed former premier Nawaz Sharif, which finished second with 12.89 million and said on Saturday that a party member had been killed.

Imran khan's personal equation with Indians, prospered during and post his cricketing days is well known, his speech too mentioned his deep connection with the people of India and it would not be wrong to say he is one of the most popular Pakistani figures here.


Though the PPP and the PML-N have also rejected the elections results, sources in the two parties told Dawn that they would not support the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA)'s call for boycotting the oath-taking session of the National Assembly.

The PTI "will see the numbers first once we are in the government", said Alvi.

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

"We will organise protest rallies, he said".

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.


Amidst this, if Modi attends the swearing-in of Imran who has the strong backing of the Pakistan Army, it may lead to the peace talks.

The $57 China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a series of port and rail improvements associated with China's One Belt One Road infrastructure push, has led to massive imports of Chinese equipment and materials, swelling Pakistan's current account deficit.

Moonis Elahi, a leader of another party, said that he had come to "an understanding" with Khan's party and that he was trying to convince other politicians to join as well.

The Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), another new group formed by a number of seasoned political names from the southwesterly Baluchistan province, picked up four seats.


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