Prime Minister Imran Khan? Not so fast, say the numbers


"I have also decided about Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which I will announce in the next 48 hours." said Mr. Khan.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, leader of Pakistan Peoples Party, rejected the election process claiming it was not free and fair.

His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) is ahead in the polls, but the party still falls short of a simple majority needed to form government on it's own.

Nearly-finalised results also indicated religious parties that fielded more candidates than ever before failed to win any National Assembly seats. While banking on the PTI's success as a regional party, Khan and his anti-graft mantra struck a chord with young and middle-class Pakistanis.

Imran Khan speaks to the media after casting his vote in the Pakistan general election.

"Perhaps D-Chowk area may be the right place to do it", he said, referring to Islamabad's famous D-Chowk where the party had staged its 126-day sit-in in 2014 against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.

Also, when he tries to implement his agenda in a Pakistan facing a resource crunch, there may be friction with provincial governments (to whom the bulk of the resources were devolved after a Constitutional amendment in 2010) and with State institutions that get a sizeable share of the Centre's budget.

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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.

Gahler said European Union observers had not witnessed any military interference in polling stations they assessed. In Pakistan, which is on the cusp of having only its second peaceful civilian transfer of power, that doesn't usually happen.

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.

"We do not consider this election to be the mandate of the public, but a theft of the people's mandate", said Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman from the Jamiat Ulma-e-islam (JUI) party, part of the MMA coalition. He still remains one of the most successful captains of Pakistan.

It was after these calculations that the PTI leadership has now chose 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.

A senior leader of the PPP said so far they had not finalised any strategy for the elections of key parliamentary offices.