Imran Khan claims victory in Pakistan election

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Supporters of cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), wait outside his residence, a day after the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 26, 2018.

Ahead of the final results, PTI chief Imran Khan said India and Pakistan should work together towards peace and end human rights violation in the region.

Khan's party has a commanding lead in partial election results, but supporters of jailed ex-prime Nawaz Sharif alleged rigging in the vote count, calling the process an assault on democracy in a country that has a history of military rule.

"We were successful and we were given a mandate", Khan, 65, said during a live broadcast, adding that there was "no politician victimisation" in the acrimonious contest. It and Khan have previously denied allegations of intervention.

Khan offered to investigate all the allegations of rigging and said he wants to "unite" the country under his leadership.

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Haqqani, who is with the Hudson Institute think-tank, said the result was unlikely to change anything in Pakistan, unless the military-led establishment decides to shutdown its "jihad business" and recognises it as the source of the country's isolation and economic difficulties.

"These elections were 100% fair and transparent", said Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza early on Thursday as the outcry grew. The results had been due by 2 a.m. (2100 GMT).

Khan's camp was increasingly confident, although it still appeared likely to fall short of the 137 seats needed for a majority in the National Assembly, raising the prospect it would need to find coalition partners among smaller parties and independents.

Requesting the ECP to extend the polling time, under section 70 of the Election Act 2017, the PML-N has said that "we are receiving complaints on a large scale nationwide and PML-N would appreciate if this demand of the voters is accepted".

The PTI has won 76 of the 272 seats in Pakistan's national assembly and is leading in 43.

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Observers including a mission from the European Union are due to give their own observations on the voting process on Friday. "It is my conviction that it is better for the sub-continent that the ties between India and Pakistan improve and we resolve our main issue through dialogue", Imran Khan said.

Jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won 43 seats and was leading in 20 constituencies while Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led by former president Asif Ali Zardari won 18 seats and its candidates were leading in 19 seats.

Additionally, Khan said he and his party wanted stronger ties with both Iran and Saudi Arabia.

"PTI has been served victory despite below-par performance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa whereas election results have been influenced across country", supremo told family members.

Khan has promised an "Islamic welfare state" and cast his populist campaign as a battle to topple a predatory political elite hindering development in the impoverished mostly-Muslim nation of 208 million, where the illiteracy rate hovers above 40 percent. "I want all of Pakistan to be united in this moment".

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