Imran Khan’s supporters may have won a majority of seats in the elections, but they could be excluded from negotiating to form a government coalition. This could be due, in part, to statements made by Army Chief Syed Asim Munir, emphasizing the need for Pakistan to “break away from the policy of anarchy and polarization which is not befitting of a progressive country”. Despite this, Imran Khan’s party has exceeded expectations, with independent candidates supported by him winning at least 99 seats. Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), the expected favorite in the elections, obtained 71 seats, and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is third with 53 seats.
The former prime minister’s party released an AI-generated video showing him claiming victory in the elections. Imran Khan says in this video, which is said to be generated by artificial intelligence, that “I congratulate all of you for winning the 2024 elections.” Fifteen of the 266 seats up for grabs in this election have yet to be filled, which means that the three main blocs will have to negotiate alliances in order to form a government.
In the absence of an absolute majority, all options remain open for the three main blocs to form alliances. Nawaz Sharif, who has served three terms as prime minister, invited other successful parties and candidates to work with his party. Although Imran Khan’s party achieved unexpected success, they were not allowed to appear on the ballot papers as their candidates ran as independents. The smaller parties won 27 seats in total and could attract the PTI’s attention in the coming days.
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