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Pakistan elections | Imran Khan’s PTI threatens agitation if full outcomes are usually not declared by midnight

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Gohar Ali Khan, chairman of Pakistani former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf (PTI) get together, addresses a press convention on the get together’s workplace in Islamabad, Pakistan, February 10, 2024.
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Declaring that it might type the Government each on the Centre and in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) get together on February 10 requested Pakistan’s Election Commission to announce full outcomes by midnight or face protests in areas the place outcomes had been nonetheless awaited.

Springing a shock, independents backed by jailed former prime minister Khan’s PTI get together gained the lion’s share of 101 seats within the National Assembly in Feb. 8 election. Two days after the polling was held, the outcomes weren’t but full and the nation appeared headed to a hung Parliament or a coalition authorities.

Addressing a press convention in Islamabad, PTI chief Gohar Ali Khan demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to announce full outcomes by midnight or face protests by his supporters in areas the place outcomes had been nonetheless awaited and mentioned, in any other case “PTI supporters will stage peaceful protests outside offices of returning officers (ROs).” He additionally accused the ECP of failing to play its constitutional position to announce outcomes on time.

Claiming that his get together had gained 170 seats, together with these seats on which the PTI was already declared because the winner, Mr. Gohar mentioned his get together would type the Government on the Centre in addition to in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces. He additionally claimed that the get together had the proof of Form 45 of polling stations that confirmed its supported candidates had gained however the ROs declared them unsuccessful.

Mr. Gohar appealed to the “institutions as well as the judiciary” to just accept the mandate of the individuals, who voted for PTI’s slogan that “slavery is unacceptable”. “The economy and county cannot afford the rejection of this mandate,” he mentioned.

Mr. Gohar was handpicked as chairman of PTI after Imran Khan’s conviction. The soft-spoken barrister from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has been attempting to run the get together affairs in probably the most tough time when its founder has been convicted and all front-line leaders have left it. His management was additionally rejected by the ECP in a case associated to intra-party polls and challenged by the get together within the Supreme Court.

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