Indian PM Modi speaks to Imran Khan after PTI election victory

Indian PM Modi speaks to Imran Khan after PTI election victory

On the other hand, Imran said in a post-election press conference that he wanted a "balanced relation" with the US.

"I on behalf of my nation offer my congratulation to Imran Khan on his achievement", Geelani said in a statement issued here. But it gave a failing grade to the pre-polling campaigning marred by intimidation of the media and unfair targeting of the former ruling party.

The PTI has broken the duopoly held by the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for decades.

Khan's party did better than expected to scoop up 16.86 million votes, trouncing the party of jailed former premier Nawaz Sharif, which finished second with 12.89 million and said on Saturday that a party member had been killed.

"Unfortunately we couldn't vote online as they didn't activate it and we also couldn't travel back home to participate but our hearts and wishes are with our nation and the country", Mr Farhad said.

Almost finalised results also indicated religious parties that fielded more candidates than ever before failed to win any National Assembly seats.

Pakistan's main parties rejected the outcome of elections won by cricket star Imran Khan and announced protests demanding new polls Friday, after foreign observers criticized the pivotal vote over rigging allegations.

The pivotal election has been branded "Pakistan's dirtiest", after widespread claims in the months leading up to the vote that the powerful military was trying to fix the playing field in Mr Khan's favour. The army has repeatedly denied any interference.

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Imran Khan, chairman of the PTI, had already announced to form the central government.

Two newly formed small parties are seen as being open to an alliance with Khan's PTI.

The outgoing PML-N and other parties that underperformed, unsurprisingly, say it was not, but the Election Commission of Pakistan is standing by the results, saying any complaints should be filed with accompanying evidence. They condemned the interference of "state agencies" in the election, a veiled reference to the military and intelligence apparatus.

"Our overall assessment of the election process is that it is not as good as in 2013", Gahler said. "However, counting was somewhat problematic with staff not always following the procedures".

"Remember, they grew up on this narrative of a corrupt Pakistan being damaged and needing a new leadership..."

Khan-led PTI is still short of numbers to form the government on its own.

Pakistan's lower house has a total of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected by the people, whereas 60 seats are reserved for women and 10 for religious minorities.

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