PM Narendra Modi Dials Imran Khan, Expresses Hope on Democracy in Pakistan

Elections agency says Imran Khan won Pakistan's election, but needs a coalition

Meanwhile the parties defeated in the July 25 elections said they would ally against the "stolen mandate" of Mr Khan.

A senior leader of the PPP said so far they had not finalised any strategy for the elections of key parliamentary offices.

But the monitors criticized the campaign, saying it was marred by intimidation of some candidates, an effort to undermine the former ruling party and media self-censorship.

In response to questions from the media regarding the general elections in Pakistan, MEA official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "We welcome that the people of Pakistan have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections". In Pakistan, which is on the cusp of having only its second peaceful civilian transfer of power, that doesn't usually happen.

Pakistan's lower house has a total of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected by the people, whereas 60 seats are reserved for women and 10 for religious minorities. His win also has been widely trumpeted as historic for breaking the decades-long two-party dominance of Pakistani politics.

Mr. Khan wants to retain his hometown seat where he received a whopping 162,499 votes.

There will likely be days of negotiation before the makeup of Pakistan's National Assembly and four provincial parliaments are clear and Khan can begin implementing his agenda.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned against providing an International Monetary Fund bailout for Pakistan's new government that includes funding to pay off Chinese lenders. One of the biggest problems faced by the PTI is that several of its members, including the party chief Imran Khan, who have won more seats will retain only one.

Khan shot to worldwide fame with on-field success and off-field flamboyance.

According to the results, the PTI has bagged 116 general seats 22 short of simple majority whereas the PML-N and PPP have won 64 and 43 seats, respectively.

The US and United Kingdom also issued statements that voiced concern over terrorist-linked parties that ran for office and the pressure Pakistani media faced in the run-up to the vote.

For the last 35 years, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), an ethnic Muhajir party, has ruled Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, with an iron fist.

As opposition parties, which lost the election, were protesting against Khan's victory and attributing it to rigging that, they alleged, happened mostly during the counting of ballots and results tabulation, the PTI leader was making his first address to the nation.

PTI spokesman Naeem Ul Haq told a news conference that the party would also form a government in the most populous province, Punjab, and there would "good news" by Sunday.

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