“India at present made no official comment on the results of the Pakistan’s election of Civilian Government.”
Islamabadad: On Friday, the Election Commission of Pakistan declared former star cricketer Imran Khan’s party the winner of Pakistan’s third consecutive election of a civilian government, but he didn’t win an outright majority and must form a coalition to form a government at the centre.
After two days of tediously slow vote counting, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf(PTI) party won 116 of 269 seats in the National Assembly with his nearest rival, Shahbaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League, winning 64 seats. Sharif, who heads the party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, earlier rejected the results charging widespread fraud and manipulation.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which could prove to be a kingmaker in a coalition government, had won 43.
Election officials said there was a 52 per cent voter turnout, down slightly from the 2013 turnout of 54.8 percent.
‘I belong to the masses, says Imran’
Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan, who is poised to become the next prime minister of Pakistan, has pledged to introduce polices for the masses and not for the ‘elite’.
In his victory speech yesterday evening (Thursday) from his house in Bani Gala in the capital Islamabad’s suburbs, Khan shared his ambitious plans for the country and vowed to safeguard the interests of the ordinary people. “I will live humbly because I belong to the masses and come from you,” he said in a press conference.
“I am thankful to people of Pakistan for giving me a chance to realise my dream of ‘Naya (new) Pakistan — free of corruption,” said a visibly happy Imran who was clad in white shalwar kameez (national dress of Pakistan).
Imran also responded to the election manipulation and rigging allegations by the other major parties who lost elections. “I promise to provide you full assistance required to investigate such allegations,” he said. However, he made it clear, this was the most transparent election ever held in Pakistan.
‘If India take one step, We’ll take two steps to make a better relation’
Mr. Khan seems more confident in having a better relation with their neighbour India. He believe that the blame game must be stop among the two countries in order to improve their relations.
“We want to improve our relations with India, if their leadership also wants it. This blame game that whatever goes wrong in Pakistan is because of India and vice-versa brings us back to square one. If they take one step towards us, we will take two, but at least we need a start,” he said.
“I am a person who arguably knows the most people in India because of my days in cricket,” Khan said, singling out the Kashmir issue as the biggest hurdle in relations between the subcontinental neighbours.
“The biggest problem is Kashmir, every international organisation has said that there are human rights violations taking place in Kashmir,” he added.