Imran Khan, the ex-prime minister of Pakistan, has declared his party, the PTI, as the winner of the recent elections. Despite his party getting the most seats from registered parties, independent candidates were still leading and getting a majority as well. As counting continued into Saturday, independent candidates secured 99 seats in Pakistan’s 266-seat parliament, with 88 of them being closely aligned with ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N party.
At the time of the announcement, Sharif had secured 71 seats, while Khan’s party had been disqualified from participating in the elections as a group. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) got 53 seats, minor parties won 27, and 15 seats were still undecided.
Sharif acknowledged that his party does not have a sufficient majority to form a government on its own and thus invited other parties and successful independent candidates to cooperate with them. In Pakistan, independent candidates are unable to form a government alone but can form a coalition with any other party within three days after the elections.
The PTI later posted an AI-generated video claiming that its candidates loyal to the party had won the election further stirring up controversy over the results. The powerful military of Pakistan called for an end to the standoff emphasizing