Imran Khan, the ex-prime minister of Pakistan, has been banned from politics for a decade and is currently in prison. Despite this, his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), ran as independent candidates in the recent elections and secured 99 seats in Pakistan’s 266-seat parliament. The PTI party was not permitted to participate in the elections as a party.
The Muslim League (PML-N), led by Nawaz Sharif, declared victory after winning 71 seats. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) got 53 seats and minor parties won 27. However, at the time of the announcement, there were still 15 undecided seats. Sharif acknowledged that his party does not have a sufficient majority to form a government and thus invited other parties and successful independent candidates to cooperate with them. In Pakistan, independent candidates are unable to form a government alone but can form a coalition with any other party within three days after the elections.
Despite Sharif’s efforts, controversy erupted when PTI later posted an AI-generated video claiming that its candidates loyal to the party had won the election. This fueled further concerns of election fraud and prompted powerful military leaders to call for an end to the standoff, emphasizing the need for a steady and healing hand in moving forward from politics of confrontation and anarchy.
As Imran Khan is currently in prison and has been banned from politics for a decade, his political future remains uncertain. The situation unfolds as Pakistani nation awaits further developments and resolutions on this matter.