Pakistan cricket legend turned opposition stalwart Imran Khan claims victory

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

"The Afghan president telephoned Imran (Khan) and congratulated him over his victory in the 2018 General Elections", Haque said while addressing the media in Islamabad.

The Prime Minister yesterday spoke to Khan and congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest political party in the National Assembly elections of Pakistan.

Two newly formed small parties are seen as being open to an alliance with Khan's PTI.

The former global cricket star Imran Khan promises a "new Pakistan" as he claimed victory in the country's general election. The appeal, the allure, the attraction is yet to fade away, it is already being touted he would smash the monopoly of Justin Trudeau for being the only charming Prime Minister across the globe.

Khan in his victory speech had also said that better relations between Pakistan and India would be "good for all of us".

The Financial Times reported on July 29 that senior Pakistani finance officials were drawing up options for Khan to seek an International Monetary Fund bailout of up to $12 billion.

However, Sharif said he would need to consult with his party's leadership over a decision by the APC not to take the oath swearing in members of parliament.

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Briefing about the party's strength for forming a government in the province, PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that with the joining of 10 more independents on Monday, the PTI's number had reached 149.

During this conversation, Imran Khan told Modi that solutions to disputes should be found through dialogue, as per the PTI press release, which made no mention of the "Kashmir".

I, particularly paid attention to his foreign policy, mainly involving India, and felt relieved when he completely eschewed warmongering and positively talked about improving ties, opening doors for communication and trade.

Human rights groups, academics and many others say that Pakistan's powerful military helped Khan by arresting and threatening his political rivals in the months leading up to the vote on Wednesday, all but securing his victory.

Also, when he tries to implement his agenda in a Pakistan facing a resource crunch, there may be friction with provincial governments (to whom the bulk of the resources were devolved after a Constitutional amendment in 2010) and with State institutions that get a sizeable share of the Centre's budget.

In December 2015, when the terror attack in Pathankot was still nearly a month away, Khan had met Modi in New Delhi as an Opposition leader and praised the positive aspects in the two neighbours' bilateral ties and expected the ties between them to get closer.

According to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's media cell, during the telephonic exchange, the two leaders exchanged the hope for the beginning of a positive chapter in the bilateral relations.

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