Pakistan's Imran Khan says India and Pakistan should talk on Kashmir

Pakistan's Imran Khan says India and Pakistan should talk on Kashmir

Imran, chairman of the political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, is competing in the elections to become the country's next Prime Minister.

"This is a historic election".

"There is a tough task ahead". "I want all of Pakistan to be united in this moment". Their human rights have been violated for the past several years.

Identifying corruption, poverty, illiteracy and unemployment as the core challenges, Khan pledged his would-be government would do its best to overcome these challenges.

Mr Khan, who has led a relentless anti-graft campaign, had the momentum heading into the election, and is seen as the military's top choice for prime minister despite his denials. I would be ashamed to live in such a lavish house. Founded by former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1967, the party gained power just three years after its inception in 1970.

The PTI chief said his government would strengthen its ties not only with its traditional allies like China, Saudi Arabia, and Iran but also with its neighbors like Afghanistan, and India. "I would love an open border system like the European Union with Afghanistan", he added.

"If India comes and takes one step towards us, we will take two steps toward them".

Mr Khan has long criticised the U.S. for drone strikes in Pakistan, taken a hard line against India and expressed support for China's US$60 billion (S$82 billion) infrastructure programme.

About America, he said his government would look for a balanced relationship with its former ally in so-called war against terrorism. "Accountability will begin from us and then trickle down".

"This is not how we will grow, and it is detrimental to the sub-continent", he added.

"We are ready to open any constituency".

Founded in 2002, The MMA had surprised political pundits by emerging as the third-largest group in the National Assembly, and the majority party in KP and Balochistan provinces in 2002 general elections. The party has officially held back on declaring victory, but party spokesman Fawad Chaudhry tweeted "Congratulations to the nation on a new Pakistan!"

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A single party will need at least 137 of the directly elected seats to be able to form the government on its own.

But he was dogged by accusations he was benefiting from a "silent coup" by the generals which targeted the PML-N.

The campaign leading up to the July 25 vote had been marred by violence that have left more than 170 people dead.

Shehbaz and Bilawal, however, managed to win from other seats.

Election authorities have granted military officers broad powers inside polling centres that have further stirred fears of possible manipulation.

The incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party flat out rejected the pending results of the election on Wednesday, July 25, citing "outright rigging" and accusing officials of preventing its representatives from overseeing the count. "Presiding officers have been asked to meet their returning officers, along with army officers assigned to their voting booths, with the results", said Yaqoob.

"I have not seen this kind of elections during my entire political career".

"This is not an election, but a selection".

"Our polling agents are being kicked out".

"I want to warn that this type of actions will be detrimental for the national integrity and the democracy", he maintained. "It is a big shock to Pakistan's democratic process".

Khan has staunchly denied allegations by PML-N that he is getting help from the military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half of its history and still sets key security and foreign policy in the nuclear-armed nation. "The people of Pakistan will not accept that", Hussain charged without naming the PTI. However, PTI has expressed its doubts about choosing to govern with one of the established parties.

The MMA chief said he was going to call an all parties conference to devise a joint strategy against alleged rigging. We would not accept the result.




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