Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, currently in prison, may obtain a majority of seats but be excluded from negotiations to form a government coalition. Army chief Syed Asim Munir has stated that Pakistan must move away from the polarization and anarchy that does not reflect a progressive country. Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has exceeded expectations despite fierce repression by the authorities. The latest count shows independent candidates supported by Khan winning at least 99 seats, with the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) obtaining 71 seats and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) with 53 seats.
The former prime minister’s party released an AI-generated video showing Imran Khan claiming victory and invites other parties and candidates to work with them. However, with more seats yet to be filled, the three main political blocs will have to negotiate alliances. The parties had to work together to form a coalition government after Imran Khan’s ouster as prime minister in a no-confidence motion in April 2022.
Imran Khan’s voters are likely to feel that the victory was stolen from them due to the delays in counting and accusations of pre-election fraud. Washington and London have expressed their concerns about the elections, and protests have erupted, showing doubts about the fairness of the elections. Despite these challenges, smaller parties and independents won seats, and all options remain open for negotiations to form a government coalition.