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Imran alleges rigging after accepting defeat


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—Video grab from DawnNews

Chief of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has reportedly alleged rigging in the elections after accepting defeat while also indicating that his party would sit in the opposition benches of the National Assembly.

Khan held the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) responsible for failing to stop the alleged rigging of polls in certain areas.

Moreover, PTI's spokesperson, Dr Shireen Mazari, told media personnel after meeting Imran Khan that he had authorised his party to issue a white paper on the alleged rigging of polls in some constituencies.

Khan has also said his party would form the next government in Khyber Paktunkhwa province after being elected into parliament, where his main opponent conceded defeat.

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naina May 12, 2013 01:00pm
we all are with u khan
M. S. Alvi May 12, 2013 01:01pm
It was an election of Pakistani people, and people have failed. They elected Nawaz, who has been tested twice and failed. Pakistan is not ready for democracy.
Asad May 14, 2013 08:08am
Whatever you decide Imran Khan we are with you. You have not lost the election the Pakistani Nation has lost the opportunity to change the systems for the benefit of all, to prosper, to live with peace and with dignity.
Asad May 14, 2013 08:02am
Who are the real beneficiaries in the Election? Pakistani Nation. NO. Nawaz Sharif and his (Khandaan) family. After one Sharif, Pakistani Nation should be prepared to be ruled by another Sharif. Question about previous Elections' Results and Properties in the UK and in Saudi Arabia are not being answered by the so called Sharif. Vote rigging, abuse of government machinery, civil servant , manipulation of the whole system has given Sharif's party a big majority.
Asad May 14, 2013 08:05am
The current system which is subject to abuse and producing modern Dictator. Sharif and his family are modern dictator who are interested to produce sharif after sharif including some members of our judiciary who are not willing to stand up and open their money laundering and corruption cases. Have they also become sahrif ?
Pakistani May 12, 2013 01:38pm
Quaid E Azam also lost the first election and was only able to form govt in Sindh but won the next election and formed Pakistan. So PTI will also inshallah win next election and make naya Pakistan..its just the beginning.
AJ May 12, 2013 01:39pm
I think i have seen worst of corruption in this election. I am estimating that PTI lost atleast 40 NA & around 50 PA seats due to rigging by PML N (duniya news)& MQM. My friends were witnesses in several polling stations in Karachi & Punjab. I still wish IK the best. P.S I was not a PTI supporter till after the results as i fl that IK was ripped off. Wonder what happened to MQM people who were arrested red handed on Wasim Akthar's plot on tariq road by Rangers brigadier (they were stamping empty ballot papers in NA 251/PS115)
fmangrio May 12, 2013 02:01pm
Hopes not lost. Sun will rise again. We now know the real SHARIFS and How much SHARIF they can get. Allah knows it all. People will know.
George May 12, 2013 02:49pm
Usually elections are possible to be rigged by the party in power immediately preceding election . A party which is not in power for this many years would not have money power or bureaucratic power to rig elections . The people of Pakistan has voted and Nawaz sheriff is clear winner . With all respect to Imran Khan . The comment on elections being rigged is not the gentleman face we had seen in you . PPP has lost it after benazir . and i think the electorate deemed Imran khan's PTI too modern .
Khan May 12, 2013 02:52pm
Hard to believe PTI lost in Lahore, either massive rigging or Lahore is massively overestimated as an educational and cultural center.
HK May 12, 2013 02:59pm
A very disappointing day............... Pakistanis are yet to realise the difference between wrong and right. Imran gave us the belief that Pakistan could change. He needs to get up and start giving us hope once more for a better tomorrow.
Ahmed khan May 12, 2013 03:19pm
Pakistan is a Failed State. Its proven again. Now go back to stone age .
waqaralam May 12, 2013 03:25pm
We, punjabies again choose Thana-katachary and patwari politics, corruption, mismanagement. Still, we want some more corruption. Poor people, poor thinking.
saqib May 12, 2013 03:28pm
Illiterate Pakistanis once again let the country down if we were a literate nation with good quality education to all, Imran would have won every seat.
Wasim Kayani May 12, 2013 03:28pm
Once again corruption has won and honesty and sincerity is badly defeated.But its not surprising at all if we look on our people thinking and integrity which has been deeply corrupted. so the matter of fact is "IF WE INPUT TRASH THE OUTPUT WILL BE TRASH". Good luck Pakistani nation.
Gupta May 12, 2013 03:50pm
I am indian but i wanted to see Imran Khan as a PM. Imran khan earn more fame from games. its bad luck for him People of Pakistan. But same time i can say that he and his party make good place in heart of awam so maybe better luck in future. Keep it up.
Mira May 12, 2013 04:26pm
Faiza Choosing the tried and tested corrupt rulers from the past does not deserve congratulations. It has become a curse for the great Pakistani nation to have inadequate rulers who will not stand up to the BIG BULLY, which North Kporea did.
kiani May 12, 2013 04:40pm
realy imran khan won ! they shud re- vote again i cant belive this dr al=qaderi said this wake ppl off pakistan riged elections
independentthinker May 12, 2013 05:00pm
Even though Imran Khan did not win the number of seats he was hoping to win, I still believe he came out a winner! Change takes time and maybe, its best for Imran Khan to be in the opposition to get a good feel of how the government runs. His experience in the next 4-5 years should prepare him much better, to bring the changes that he wants to bring. He should be able to gather the team of qualified individuals, who can form a government that would be conscientious and trustworthy. I have deep conviction that this is the start - we are on our way to recovery and although at this time, we can count on Imran to be the most effective opposition leader, we should be looking forward to him leading Pakistan in the near future. May God continue to bless Pakistan!
independentthinker May 12, 2013 05:02pm
People have not failed - Change takes time and in order to achieve the desired results, we have to go through some adventures. Hang in there - don't lose hope - good times are just around the corner.
HM, Canada May 12, 2013 06:59pm
Elections on Ethnic grounds.... PPP retain Sindh (did quite well) inspite of poor performance of 5 yrs. MQM did well Inspite of doing nothing for 5 yrs. Punjabis vote for punjabi, Mohajirs vote for Mohajirs, Sindhis vote for Sindhis. Shame... Imran don't worry you did well ... people are not ready for change. Thank you.
ghulam sarda May 12, 2013 07:01pm
pti have chance to make kpk a model province to win comming election .
wachucha May 12, 2013 07:14pm
So to say PTI is the only party that had collected followers from all provinces and parts of Pakistan. It is strange to learn that whoever wins with reasonable majority in Punjab would lead the Centre. NS's Punjab centric politics are paying him off due to this apparently flawed system. The number of seats for each province should be equal for National Assembly. How they distribute them over the constituencies doesn't matter.
wachucha May 12, 2013 07:18pm
Reports of blatant rigging in Karachi and some areas of Punjab indicate that a real fair and free balot would show a different results. I would guess PTI could get another 10 + seats.
mehar ali May 12, 2013 09:14pm
Khans and molvis voted for molvi khan
HASAN May 13, 2013 02:04am
wachucha May 13, 2013 07:46am
The biggest and richest province of Pakistan is Punjab where Shareef brothers were the rulers for the past 5 years. Hope you understand the rigging allegations in Punjab polls now.
Jaspreet May 13, 2013 08:14am
For a person living in house of 200 acres? Wake up man
Shubs May 13, 2013 11:00am
Sarosh May 13, 2013 11:32am
I would say 50+ plus seats atleast...
Badr Ansari May 13, 2013 01:03pm
Hopeless system, hopeless people but future is not hopeless - keep the band wagon rock n roll PTI
Saad Babar May 13, 2013 08:17pm
Media with new govt machinery will now launch a full campaign against PTI... to degrade all its credibility...
Saad Babar May 13, 2013 08:20pm
I Hate the way Nawaz is imposed on the rest of the country as PM... he can't represent all of us..he is only representing punjabiz
asn615 May 13, 2013 08:51pm
I am disappointed with the system of injustice in Pakistan. Our right to vote was not given to us. We voted for PTI but results were stopped, changed and then released. No way i will belive that Millions of Khan's suppoerters across Pakistan gave him only 34 seats in NA. The elections were clearly rigged. ECP is incompetent and doesn't have the required capacity and power. But i still have have hope in PTI and its leadership. Inshallah we will create KPK a model province.
naeem May 14, 2013 01:23am
Considering that we overseas Pakistanis will be allowed to vote in the next election as per the EC, Imran khan will win without a doubt.