Imran Khan to take oath as Pakistan's PM on 11 August

Elections agency says Imran Khan won Pakistan's election, but needs a coalition

Elections agency says Imran Khan won Pakistan's election, but needs a coalition

The cricketer-turned-politician's PTI has emerged as the single largest party with 115 general seats as the Election Commission of Pakistan declared the results of the general elections in the country.

The Prime Minister hoped that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan, a PMO statement said.

Just a few hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated PTI chief Imran Khan over his historic win in Pakistan General Elections 2018, it has been reported that Imran Khan is now considering to invite the leader for his oath-taking ceremony. Khan on Monday said that he would take oath as prime minister on 11 August.

PTI has reached out to regional parties and independents to get the required number of seats to form a government.

Besides these three major parties, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal Pakistan won 13 seats, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan six seats, Pakistan Muslim League and Balochistan Awami Party four seats each, Balochistan National Party and Grand Democratic Alliance two seats each, Awami Muslim League Pakistan, Awami National Party, Jamhoori Wattan Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaniat one seat each.

The MEA released a statement on Monday night noting that Modi had called Khan earlier in the evening to convey a personal congratulatory message.

This was the first conversation between the two leaders after the results of the July 25 elections in Pakistan were announced.

The US$57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a series of port and rail improvements associated with China's One Belt One Road infrastructure push, has led to massive imports of Chinese equipment and materials, swelling Pakistan's current account deficit.

The former World Cup winning cricketer, 65, was announced the victor of Pakistan's general election on Friday despite a delayed vote count provoking accusations of rigging.

Pakistan is struggling to avert a currency crisis that has presented the new government with its biggest challenge.

"We are pretty much there in the National Assembly. talks are going on with MQM as well", said Faisal Javed Khan, a senior PTI spokesman.

The daily, however, took a dig at the Indian government, saying while Islamabad was ready to make efforts to improve ties with New Delhi, there was no apparent attempt seen from the Indian side.

Sparks says Khan also needs to figure out how to balance relationships with the USA and China, which has lent Pakistan money.

A majority of 137 seats is needed to form a government.

Among other issues, PTI will also mull over its candidate for the chief minister post in Punjab if it forms government in the country's second-largest province. "I am that Pakistani who has travelled through India because of my cricket", he said. He said, "We neither offered them money nor positions".

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

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