Imran’s party claims numbers to form government

PTI is also making bid for power in Punjab after winning 123 seats in provincial assembly

Supporters of different political parties demonstrate to reject the election results in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Islambad: The party of former cricket star Imran Khan says it has gained the support of enough lawmakers required to form a coalition government after coming out victorious in elections as the single largest party.

In his statement on Saturday, Fawad Chaudhry, spokesperson for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), did not state exactly how many lawmakers agreed to join their future government, saying that the announcement would be made when the National Assembly convenes next week.

Chaudhry added that the PTI’s success in Wednesday’s general elections signalled the end of decades-long dynastic rule in Pakistan.


National Assembly party standing

Name of Party Seats
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) 116
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) 64
Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) 43
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal Pakistan (MMA) 12
Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) 6
Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) 4
Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) 2
Awami National Party 1
Independent candidates 13

Pakistan’s elections oversight body released its final results on Saturday, saying that Imran’s party won 115 of 269 contested seats in the National Assembly, while his nearest rival, Shahbaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), won 64 seats. Initially, it had said that the PTI won 116 seats.

After 22 years of political struggle, Imran finally looks poised to form a national government.

The PTI emerged as the single largest party, winning 116 of the 270 National Assembly seats. The outgoing PML-N won 64 seats while the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) finished in third place with 43 seats, according to the final results announced by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The PTI has already started reaching out to potential coalition partners and started preparations for government formation at the Centre though it is still short of the 137 seats needed for a simple majority in parliament.

“We have contacted small parties and independent members, and they will soon meet party leaders in Islamabad,” the PTI’s Chaudhry said, adding that the process is likely to take about 10 days.

The PTI is also bidding to form the government in Punjab where it won 123 seats in the provincial assembly while the PML-N topped with 129 seats. “We will definitely form our government in Punjab as we are in contact with 21 independent candidates,” Chaudhry told local media.

PTI leader Jehangir Tareen also made telephonic contact with the head of a faction of the Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM), Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.

As Imran’s party gets in touch with independents and small parties to form a coalition government, rival parties are planning protests over alleged vote rigging. More than a dozen parties convened the All Parties Conference (APC) to protest over the results. The meeting was summoned and led by Muttahidda Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) leader and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman who lost both his seats in the National Assembly.

The PML-N announced its support for the group, although Shahbaz Sharif said the decision by the APC to boycott the oath-taking ceremony in parliament would only be taken after consultation with his party leadership.

The PPP and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) did not participate in the conference. However, the PPP said in a separate statement that it rejected the election results but would convince others to participate in the parliamentary process.

Imran’s victory has broken the hold of dynastic politics on the country’s polity and ended the decades-long rule of the PML-N headed by Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of party founder and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and the PPP of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto that is now headed by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is also grandson of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a former prime minister himself.

— With inputs from AP

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