PPP leaders slam ECP over election irregularities

PPP leaders slam ECP over election irregularities

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Early results in Pakistan's July 25 national elections suggest opposition leader Imran Khan is on course to win a vote that has been marred by delays in vote-tallying and allegations of rigging by rivals.

Khan, who aspires to be the country's next prime minister, said in a televised address to the nation on Thursday that "thanks to God, we won and we were successful".

Sharif, who replaced his brother and former prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as the party's candidate said he was "heartbroken" by the incident and offered his condolences to the bereaved families. "My inspiration is to introduce that system of humanity in Pakistan, where all the people - our laborers, farmers and other weak segments - have equal rights", Khan maintained.

The sprawling homes of Pakistan's Prime Minister will be dedicated to the people and turned into an educational institution.

With counting of votes still underway in the 11th general assembly of Pakistan, PTI supporters across the country started early celebrations in anticipation of their party's victory while PML-N cast doubts over the counting process.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate claimed victory for his party as they lead in the preliminary results.

"I anticipate the debate over rigging will occupy the political elite for some time", she said.

Jailed former premier Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) trailed with 61 seats and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led in 40, with the other rest split among smaller parties.

Senator Mushahid Hussein, a central PML-N leader alleged that the Wednesday's elections were the "dirtiest" in the country's political history.

However at the time of his speech there was no official confirmation of results from the election commission nearly 24 hours after polls closed in Wednesday's vote. The country is facing a severe debt crisis and is expected to seek an International Monetary Fund bailout in the autumn.


The Election Commission rejected the allegations as baseless, with secretary Babar Yaqoob telling reporters that parties had not provided any evidence to back up their claims.

The results had been due by around 5am on Thursday (Singapore time).

A delay has been reported in the transmission of election results due to the breaking down of the ECP's Results Transmission System (RTS), which is being run through a software powered by National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra).

Khan has been an outspoken critic of the US-led war in neighbouring Afghanistan as well as China's massive investment in Pakistan, which has racked up millions of dollars in debt to Beijing.

He urged India to stop propagating "venomous propaganda" against Pakistan. Pakistan's notoriously patchy electricity supplies had improved, and militant attacks had dwindled.

Quipping that Indian media had recently portrayed him like a "villain in a Bollywood movie", Khan's overtures to New Delhi included calls for better trade ties to reduce poverty and to sit down and discuss Kashmir, a disputed region that was the cause of two of the three wars between the neighbours.

Investors welcomed Khan's election success, with Pakistan's benchmark 100-share index surging as much as 1.9 percent to 42,136 points in early trade, before closing 1.8 percent up.

"My inspiration is our Prophet (PBUH) who believed in a welfare state; where we take responsibility for our weak".

Mr Khan said: "I have dreamt of a Pakistan where weak, repressed and downtrodden are helped out by state".

"I came into politics because I wanted Pakistan to become the country that Jinnah had envisioned".

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