Pakistan election results: Nawaz Sharif or Imran Khan, who is the winner? What Army chief said?

About 100 of winning candidates are Independents, mostly backed by Imran Khan’s PTI. Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N won 71, while Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s PPP got 53.

A child walks past a poster showing a portrait of jailed Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan at a market in Lahore. (AFP)

While there has been no clear victor from the divisive Pakistan general elections 2024, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have agreed to form a coalition government at the Centre and Punjab province. The development comes after Shehbaz Sharif of PML-N met Bilawal Bhutto and former president Asif Ali Zardari of the PPP, inviting them to work together for Pakistan, Geo News reported.

Pakistan also faces days of political horse-trading after the final few election results released showed no clear majority, but a strong performance by independent candidates loyal to jailed former prime minister Imran Khan. Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) defied a months-long crackdown that crippled campaigning and forced their candidates to run as independents with a combined showing in Thursday’s election that still challenged their chief rivals.

However, after long delays in results that prompted further allegations the military establishment had engaged in vote-rigging, the army-backed PML-N declared victory as the party with the largest number of seats.

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