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Pakistan Elections Results: Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan both claim victory | IN POINTS

While the general elections in Pakistan threw up a fractured mandate, the PTI backed Independents were shown to be in the lead, leaving many to wonder if the country

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Pakistan Elections Results: Despite issues like delayed results and militant attacks, leading to increased political instability in the Pakistan during the recent General Elections, both former Pakistani Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan who are known to be bitter rivals claimed victory. 

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The election results indicated that independents, largely supported by Khan, secured the highest number of seats, with 98 out of the 245 seats counted by 1830 GMT. Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won 69 seats, while the Pakistan People's Party led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, secured 51 seats

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Pakistan Elections Results IN POINTS 

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  • Although two main political leaders from two different parties claimed victory in the general elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has not yet announced the final poll results.
  • Pakistan's former PM and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan released a 'victory speech' in his AI-enabled voice, saying that the 'London Plan' of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif failed with the massive turnout of voters on polling day.
  • Nawaz Sharif is a leader of low intelligence who gave a victory speech despite his party trailing in 30 seats," the former PM and PTI founder said in an audio clip of his AI-enabled voice on social media platform X.

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  • Nawaz Sharif also announced his intention to form a united government with the help of his former allies - Pakistan Peoples Party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (Pakistan) amid a fractured mandate. 
  • Experts suggested that there might not be a decisive victor, exacerbating the challenges for a nation endeavoring to rebound from an economic downturn amid escalating militancy in a politically divided atmosphere.
  • The prospect of a political impasse in Pakistan, which could result in delays in implementing reforms and obtaining crucial foreign funding, has prompted a sell-off in its international bonds and heightened analysts' apprehensions regarding additional economic challenges for the country.

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While the general elections in Pakistan threw up a fractured mandate, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed Independents were shown to be in the lead, leaving many to wonder if the country, which has been battling myriad challenges in the recent past, primarily on the economic front, was poised to get its first-ever Independent PM. 

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