PM Modi speaks to Imran Khan, shares his vision of peace

PM Modi speaks to Imran Khan, shares his vision of peace

According to the figures provided by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won 115 out of the 270 seats on which the elections were held. The 342-member National Assembly has 60 women reserved seats and 10 for minorities. The party, however, was short of 22 seats for a simple majority. The PTI won the most seats in KP in 2013, but holding on to them represented an historic first.

Pakistan's Imran Khan is close to forming a coalition government and has decided on his Cabinet, which will name former Engro Corp head Asad Umar as finance minister.

Ghulam Sarwar Khan of Taxila has also won two NA seats by defeating former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and he will also have to vacate one seat.

Khan made the announcement during a meeting with the newly elected legislators from the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, where the PTI has swept the polls. His party is reaching out to smaller parties and independents.

According to Haq, the PTI is likely to get the support of small political parties, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan, Pakistan Muslim League, Balochistan Awami Party, Balochistan National Party, Grad Democratic Alliance, Awami Muslim League and independents. His win also has been widely trumpeted as historic for breaking the decades-long two-party dominance of Pakistani politics.

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Fawad Chaudhary said that the party also enjoys the support of PML-Q as it had contested elections on the basis of seat adjustment with PTI.

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"There will be protests", said Maulana Fazalur Rehman from the All Parties Conference, which included the outgoing ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

The daily, however, took a dig at the Indian government, saying while Islamabad was ready to make efforts to improve ties with New Delhi, there was no apparent attempt seen from the Indian side. An IMF spokesperson said: "We can confirm that we have so far not received a request for a Fund arrangement from Pakistan and that we have not had discussions with the authorities about any possible intentions". It even managed to beat PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in his party's historical stronghold of the Lyari neighbourhood.

Moonis Elahi, a leader of another party, said that he had come to "an understanding" with Khan's party and that he was trying to convince other politicians to join as well.

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