Imran Khan Planning PM Modi-Style Oath? Decision Soon, Says Official

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

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

In a nation obsessed with cricket, Khan cleverly leveraged his star status to transition into a career in politics, founding the PTI, otherwise known as the Justice Party, in 1996. If the PTI decides to nominate him again for the office of the Chief Minister, he will also have to vacate the NA seat which means that the party's seats will be reduced to 109.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which emerged as the single largest party but short of simple majority in the National Assembly elections, was yet to seek formal support from smaller parties or Independents to form the next government. There are 13 independents who have won the NA seats.

"Expressing a commitment to seeking better ties with India on a reciprocal basis has put Khan in the mainstream of national politics", said The Dawn.

In an address to the Pakistani people on July 26 when the results of the election were still inconclusive, Khan said if India took one step forward on their bilateral ties, Pakistan will take two. The multi-party meeting called to devise a joint strategy over alleged rigging in the General Election rejected the results of the poll on Friday, demanding a "transparent" re-election.

Khan was also widely seen as the preferred candidate of the country's powerful military, which has directly ruled Pakistan for nearly half its independent existence since 1947, and has maintained an outsize influence over politics throughout that period.

Michael Gahler, chief observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM), Dimitra Loannou (L), deputy chief of the mission, and press officer Sarah Fradgley, take part in a press conference at a hotel in Islamabad on July 27, 2018.

PPP leaders slam ECP over election irregularities
The military has ruled Pakistan through various coups for almost half of the country's history since independence in 1947. The PPP managed to maintain its stronghold in the Sindh Assembly and should lead the provincial government.

Any potential International Monetary Fund bailout for the new government in Pakistan should not be used for repaying Chinese lenders, says the US.

Amidst this, if Modi attends the swearing-in of Imran who has the strong backing of the Pakistan Army, it may lead to the peace talks.

Meanwhile, three major political parties including the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party on Monday announced that they would form a grand Opposition in Parliament.

By Thursday partial, unofficial results gave him at least 100 seats so far in the National Assembly, the lower house.

The $57 China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a series of port and rail improvements associated with China's One Belt One Road infrastructure push, has led to massive imports of Chinese equipment and materials, swelling Pakistan's current account deficit.

"We aspire to a regional order - independent nations that can defend their people and compete fairly in the global marketplace", Pompeo said during a speech on the Indo-Pacific region.

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