The United States is concerned about Pakistan’s election in the UK

 

PTI-backed independent candidates have won the majority of seats – 99 so far. Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won 71 seats.

Imprisoned former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called on his supporters to celebrate as he claimed victory in Thursday’s general election.

 

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan website, out of the 250 declared seats, PTI-backed independent candidates have so far won the majority – 99 seats. Nawaz Sharif’s party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won 71 seats and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won 53 seats. Apart from this, other parties got 10 seats.

Another former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, said that his party had become the largest as independents did not have a specific party. He also urged other parties to join his alliance. So far, no party is on the way to a majority. However, the final result is yet to be declared.

In a video message posted on artificial intelligence (AI)-powered social media X (formerly Twitter), Imran claimed his party’s historic victory despite widespread repression against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). He claims that he is currently in jail after being convicted in a ‘politically motivated’ case.

Most experts agree that while Nawaz Sharif, backed by the country’s powerful military, was expected to win, the success of PTI-affiliated candidates was unexpected.

The party is not recognized due to ban on PTI from contesting elections. Hence as one Nawaz’s PML-N is now the largest political party. So, it may still take some time for any team to claim an outright victory.

In a speech on Friday (February 9), Nawaz admitted that he does not have the seats to form a government alone. But citing support outside the PML-N headquarters in Lahore, he urged other candidates to join him in an alliance. In the speech, he promised to bring the country out of difficult times.

 

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said the UK called on Pakistani authorities to uphold freedom of information, the rule of law and basic human rights. In a statement, he regretted not allowing all parties to formally contest the elections.

US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller criticized Pakistan for imposing undue restrictions on freedom of expression, coalition formation and peaceful assembly during the electoral process.

He expressed concern that the election process had been interfered with. Citing attacks on media workers and restrictions on internet and telecommunication services as reasons for concern

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