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Allies of Jailed Ex-PM Imran Khan Pull Off Upset in Pakistan Elections But Fall Short of Majority

HeadlineFeb 12, 2024

In Pakistan, candidates affiliated with the jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan have pulled off a major upset by winning 101 seats — more than any other party in last week’s election, even though Khan’s PTI party was formally barred from running. But the PTI-affiliated candidates fell short of winning a majority of seats, giving other parties a chance to form a coalition government. Supporters of Khan accused the military of rigging Thursday’s vote by taking drastic actions, including shutting down the country’s cellphone service on Election Day.

Subhan Ali: “Today’s demonstration is a protest against the forces that have stolen the people’s mandate. This is a protest against those forces that do not accept public opinion and think they can impose their decisions on the public.”

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