While deploring Indian media's hate campaign, Khan said, "If we want to slash poverty in the region, then we [Pakistan and India] must practice healthy trade ties", stated Khan.
Chairman Imran Khan, who is poised to become prime minister of Pakistan, has chose to retain his NA-95 Mianwali seat, ARY News reported. Its leader, Nawaz Sharif, a three-time Prime Minister, was thrown in jail less than two weeks before the election on corruption charges. He met with representatives of other losing parties to decide on a protest strategy.
It's not as if any of the rival parties have congratulated Khan for a race well won.
Khan was also widely seen as the preferred candidate of the country's powerful military, which has directly ruled Pakistan for nearly half its independent existence since 1947, and has maintained an outsize influence over politics throughout that period.
"Our overall assessment of the election process is that it is not as good as in 2013", Gahler said.
Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar had said India welcomed that the people of Pakistan have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections.
Pakistan's NA-the lower house of Parliament-comprises a total of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected. If the PTI decides to nominate him again for the previous office, he will also have to vacate the NA seat which means that the party's seats will be reduced to 109. The Election Commission said vote counting was also still underway in 12 remote areas, offering Khan a possibility of more seats but still not an outright majority. He said that all Khan was waiting for was Pakistan's President to call the next session of the National Assembly, which should happen by mid-August.
The nationwide election held Wednesday has been criticized by the United States, the European Union and other observers after widespread claims that the powerful military was trying to fix the playing field in Khan's favor.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned against providing an International Monetary Fund bailout for Pakistan's new government that includes funding to pay off Chinese lenders.
Sattar said that based on moral principals, he had "serious reservations" about joining a coalition with Khan's party.
Khan shot to global fame with on-field success and off-field flamboyance. "A person like Imran Khan winning is the surety we were looking for that Pakistan will now have a very bright future".
But the count indicates PTI will not achieve the 137 seats needed in the National Assembly to form a majority government.
According to official results, the former ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have won 64 and 43 National Assembly seats, respectively. In Sindh, the PPP is expected to form the provincial government, while in Balochistan, the provincial government will likely be led by the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP).