N rejects election results

Pakistan will undergo the general elections on July 25, Wednesday.

Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan is hoping to become Pakistan's prime minister after 20 years of being dismissed at the polls, as the country prepares to vote in a tense election pitting him against the party of jailed ex-premier Nawaz Sharif.

Based on reporting of 47 per cent of polling stations, PTI is leading on 113 National Assembly seats, while the PML-N trails behind with 64 and the PPP-Parliamentarians (PPP-P) is at third spot with 43 seats.

At least 28 people were killed and 35 wounded in a suicide attack on a polling station in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said, as millions voted in a nationwide election Wednesday.

The ECP said that it has so far received 600 complaints from all over Pakistan regarding the ongoing elections.

According to a survey conducted by Dawn.com earlier in the week, Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been touted as the front-runner in the forthcoming elections.

Quetta is in Pakistan's southern Baluchistan province, which also saw the deadliest suicide bombing in the run-up to election day, with 149 people, including a provincial assembly candidate, killed at a campaign rally this month. Media footage showed disabled people arriving to vote across the country, and one news channel followed the election experiences of a team of wrestlers and two grooms who left their weddings to cast ballots.

Representatives from several parties said that their polling agents were expelled from polling stations during vote count and were denied certified copies of results - breaching election procedures.

Hamdani said the situation was under control and voting was underway in Col Sher Khan village.

The tweet, which featured a collage of pictures of Pakistanis handing military personnel at polling stations flowers and elderly women kissing soldiers, Ghafoor wrote that the "world has seen your love and respect for Pak Armed Forces & LEAs (law enforcement agencies) today".

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The election commission has not released official results yet.

Even if Khan wins and faces no obstacles in forming a government, he will have to deal with a currency crisis, a record trade deficit and enduring threats from militants.

Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from public office by the Supreme Court previous year, after hearings on financial malfeasance charges that were pushed by Mr Khan and others.

However, PML-N leaders pulled no punches.

He said, "Both Pakistan and India will benefit from Imran Khan becoming Pakistan PM".

Imran Khan and Jemima Khan.

Pakistan has swung between military and civilian rule throughout its history, and the military and courts have been accused of running a targeted crackdown on Khan's opponents this time around.

As early results gave Khan an edge, Maryam Aurangzeb of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League raised the first allegations of ballot fraud and warned that his supporters might revolt if the charges prove correct.

After various reports claiming tampering with the polling process surfaced in the recent past, there is a growing fear among the people of Pakistan that a grave injustice can happen to their mandate.

A party can form the government if it manages to clinch 172 seats out of the total 342.

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