PTI chief Imran Khan. — File photo

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

Khan's allegations came a day after Pakistanis went to polls in a historic general elections which would see a smooth transition of power from one democratically elected government to another.

His first public remarks, made in a televised statement, came 17 hours after his main rival, former prime minister and chief of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif, declared victory.

Khan had vowed that the polls would sweep his PTI into power.

On Saturday, Sharif declared victory in the May 11 national polls, saying his party would fulfil all the promises made to the people of Pakistan.

Sharif added that he was certain that his party would emerge as the single largest party that needed no outside support or “borrowed seats”.

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May 12, 2013 1:17 pm
PTI don't worry better luck next time .. we are still with YOU.. THIS IS NOT THE END IT'S A BEGINNING ..
May 12, 2013 12:14 pm
As PTI is a new party you can be forgiven for not taking the first place after another 5yrs when they stand again they will probably win for at least they can sit in oposition as a voice for the people much better then what PPP has got.
May 12, 2013 12:16 pm
Imran Khan we all r with u! We even dont regard these elections as fair!
May 12, 2013 12:17 pm
Although rigging is a fact in any Pakistani election and infact it did happened in a some areas this time as well.Overall people have elected PML (N) and Imran Khan now should focus on leading as a better opposition with a real voice to keep process of change moving......Mian sahib's tenure in opposition was as bad as Zardari's tenure in govenment. People gave a chance to Mian sahib to prove his metal.
May 12, 2013 12:21 pm
He is right .. I saw many instances shown by the media .. minus that, PTI would have won more seats. The results tell me that the people interested in status quo will use all means and go to any length to achieve and maintain it. However, I am grateful to IK and PTI for creating the wave for a new, prosperous Pakistan!
May 12, 2013 12:58 pm
A fair respond to this historic election would be a congratulation to the winner. Sadly Imran did not do that so far. How immature. He has to learn a lot to be a real leader.
May 12, 2013 1:16 pm
Correct response would not have been accepting the defeat due to courtesy because its not a personal matter and the defeat is the result of cheating. Rigging has been done in a big way in rural areas and where there was room for it in cities. MQM, PPP and PML-N are deeply involved in it.
May 12, 2013 1:17 pm
He did congratulate the winning side
May 12, 2013 1:21 pm
Malaysia had its elections some few days ago. Here the opposition leader had a huge following from the educated and young new voters.Most were from the urban city areas just like Imran.Expecting change to take place in my country that the government for the past 56 years was ruling.Unfortunately they forgot the rural vote that consists of a large percentage that has no connection to the internet.In your case add the feudal lords and the powerful rich that have a dislike for Imran.Both these opposition leaders underestimated the power of these people.We have too few educated people that can reach into the rural areas.That has to change to bring awareness.
Zamir Khan
May 12, 2013 1:33 pm
Zamir Having been to few IK functions in the UK, and also having seen his rallies in Pakistan and the turn out to these rallies I must say the results are not at all realistic these elections have been rigged and IK is not a sore loser an honorable man with his heart in the right place. As for the ladies that had to brave out the behavior of men and the men who organised the polling stations should all be made accountable and have a mockery made of them in the national media,
May 12, 2013 2:22 pm
There is no doubt elections are rigged. How was it possible for PTI not to get any seats in Punjab. The power hungry want to win on every cost and people who can be bought to do the wrong thing don't deserve sincere leaders.
Shahzor Ahmad
May 12, 2013 2:30 pm
@Faiza: To deserve a fair response first requires a fair election. Clearly you've been sleeping throughout the process, ignorant of whatever's going on. You need to learn to first take note of all the facts before making immature comments.
May 12, 2013 2:47 pm
It is not Imran Khan who lost, it is Pakistani people who have lost a golden opportunity to free Pakistan of corrupt leaders for good. The corrupt leaders of Pakistan have been sailing in the same boat for very long, protecting each others interests, with offshore family ownerships, laundered money, defaulted loans,personal taxes evaded or personal taxes avoided as business expense. Imran Khan is perseverant and should use his political capital to keep the corrupt on leash, over the next 5 years
May 12, 2013 3:00 pm
May 12, 2013 3:02 pm
Immature response, acting like the same old politicians. Atleast he should have learnt from Bilour, who conceded defeat with grace.
May 12, 2013 3:06 pm
I agree what you have said, but I do not agree with so called "fair response". How can you congratulate a person when you know in your heart that this person is a culprit. I deeply feel sorry for my people of Pakistan that we cannot judge right or wrong. Well five more years, may Allah forgive us.
May 12, 2013 3:09 pm
The fact that you call him Mian Sahib shows how blind you are. This man is a criminal, not a saint.
May 12, 2013 3:38 pm
Either Imran should prove it--that is, he should prove that massive rigging took place which changed the overall outcome--or he should not make such allegations. They make him look like a sore loser.
salman khan
May 12, 2013 3:47 pm
yes the fraudy pmL(N) they did this all.because we can point out from that when imran khan was leading from hanif abbasi 3 time almost 8000 votes then suddenly how hanif abbasi won.......think people think pakistan......
May 12, 2013 3:56 pm
I am so disappointed at the results of the elections. People of Pakistan have chosen to remain in the bondage of the same two already tried family parties that have grossly failed to bring any constructive change and relief to the country and its public. Now under twice failed Nawaz they will suffer again. How sad. This time no one else but the people of Pakistan are to be blamed for continuation and more miseries that will be forthcoming under Nawaz's third hopeless stint. Shame on the people of Pakistan.
May 12, 2013 4:59 pm
"Mian sahib’s tenure in opposition was as bad as Zardari’s tenure in govenment." Well put.
May 12, 2013 5:30 pm
People who voted PML are paid and uneducated. PTI got vote on their merit not on paying money for vote
May 12, 2013 5:34 pm
People have spoken and IK needs to accept the people mandate.
Taqdees Pervaiz
May 12, 2013 5:36 pm
Hello Faiza. I think you haven't read the whole column. Imran Khan admits the defeat but alleged rigging. Read If after two tenures of PM, Nawaz Sharif behaves as a mature politician, thats good for us all. Atlast he looks mature enough to be our PM.
Bilal Jamil
May 12, 2013 6:19 pm
Imran, Knowing the fact that you were up against PPP & PML-N you should have had a much better strategy then what you currently had, First of all, on Election day, you should have mobilize your PTI members to use their vehicles in a large scale to go to People and bring them to the Polls. I was a young boy in late 80's and this is how we ended our campaign and helped Benazir win by the land slide victory . You have to hustle and bustle in order to have landslide victory and unfortunately PTI leaders banked on the Chairman Imran's popularity. If they had knocked every door in Pakistan these election results would have been completely in PTI's favor. Secondly, there is no need to cry about the loss. The best thing you can do is to create an alliance with the independent NA winners and form a major opposition and improve the lives of Pakistanis.
Vik Gaus
May 12, 2013 6:41 pm
An Indian observation: If elections were rigged in wide scale, PML-N mostly would not have made it. There may be rigging in places where some one is very strong. Overall elections were conducted fair, without military involvement. Sharif is corrupt, but likely understands economy better than Imran. Good day for Pakistan! Congratulations to our brothers and sisters! Enjoy one right step to Democracy keeping aside political differences!
Such Bolo
May 12, 2013 6:42 pm
Fair response is corruption won again. darkest day in the history of pakistan. Those who don't change them ALLAH does not change them. Nation of ghulami corrupt, begger of international money. Humiliated by All over the world have won again Shameful nation have not learned any thing from getting beaten up for 30 years by same thugs
May 12, 2013 7:06 pm
oh! real leader who do you think you have there in the present crop none for sure, except this IK none of them have any credibility, charm and appeal inside and outside your country. ask them to face any western media and they would be burying their head in sand like an ostrich; teacherji you know what, you and your country have just missed the train.
May 12, 2013 7:07 pm
what you really mean to say is that he has to learn a lot to be a real corrupt politician.
May 12, 2013 7:19 pm
Faiza-do not be an ostrich he did that at the first opportunity. He still has the right to point o rigging. Did you read blog of people from the areas where he is pointing to?
May 12, 2013 7:36 pm
So PTI is now becoming a run of the mill party? accept the decision of the Pakistani people and move on please.
May 12, 2013 8:38 pm
Yeah right, accept that Imrancould get only 49 votes from NA122? you got to be kidding!
May 12, 2013 8:46 pm
Until and unless, PML adopts PTI type of manifesto, nothing will change, so let's how it goes with Nawaz, he is not clean either, but certainly better than PPP. Let's hope that this govt does what is needed for people of pakistan.
May 12, 2013 8:46 pm
the election was unfair. IK is 100% right, the election was rigged. infact we need separate Baluchistan only for we baluch. We will not be cared by the new government.
May 12, 2013 8:53 pm
True but we need to respect their mandate..let them suffer and find out the reality of sharif brothers then pml will become historylike ppp..but it will take a couple of years
Aliza Rajput
May 12, 2013 9:31 pm
Same old pakistan. Punjabi's voted for punjabi, sindhi voted for sindhi, balochi voted for balochis and pathans voted for Khan, although he is not Pathan but Khan name worked and finally muhajjirs voted for muhajjir. So you call this democracy? I call this cast, creed, race elections. Only Imran was the candidate who was different. Elections were fair, some parts you can say rigging but even if you rig, you can't rig all of them. Like there was in karachi and some in lahore.
May 12, 2013 9:41 pm
for you kind information imran khan won na-56 seat and hanif abbasi was on the losing side... the problem is with you so think about yourself before making any further accusations.
May 12, 2013 9:52 pm
the people have indeed spoken unfortunately who they voted to win was not the person who actually won due to the massive rigging in the elections
May 12, 2013 9:55 pm
the world record guy's from mqm not pml-n
May 12, 2013 10:15 pm
Imran did not talk about massive rigging throughout Pakistan. He talked about NA-250 in Karachi, where in many polling stations, polling could not be held. Even dignatries such as CJ of SHC had to suffer.
May 12, 2013 10:24 pm
Imran khan won from hanif abbasi.....
May 12, 2013 10:57 pm
Congratulations Nawaz Sharif and best of luck Pakistan. There is much to do if pakistan is to see better days. I just hope that key political parties can put aside their differences and improve conditions for the common man, woman and child. IK good cricketer but never stood a chance this time round against this master politician.
Mustafa Razavi
May 12, 2013 11:24 pm
Gaus Ji; That certainly is strange logic, there is always a good chance if there was rigging, it was done by the winner.
May 12, 2013 11:26 pm
Rigging does not happen ................people let it happen ..........and now those very people are cribbing. Bhai dum hai to jao appeal karo court mai
May 12, 2013 11:32 pm
Did you vote?!?
May 12, 2013 11:47 pm
a blind nation which never learns from its past mistakes and repeats them again and again ...another 5 years would be wasted in the name of handicap democracy of Pakistan! Congratulations, system saved!
May 13, 2013 12:06 am
The results were delayed but eventually the truth came out because Imran Khan had huge lead over Hanif Abbasi.
May 13, 2013 1:18 am
It is time to move on and prove your democratic values in the opposition. Accept the reality with dignity.
May 13, 2013 1:36 am
very well said !
May 13, 2013 1:39 am
Pakistani? The is no National party in the country they are all provincial.
May 13, 2013 1:58 am
no mate. it doesn't. there are videos made by voters circulated the internet where clearly rigging was taking place. like the officials stamping their party candidate and stuffing many votes together.
May 13, 2013 2:00 am
agree..Imran khan, show the people of pakistan what they missed out on by making Sarhad the star of pakistan.
May 13, 2013 3:11 am
rigging or not .. if accept defeat than please move on now .. and stop accusing .. and work for better future .. khan sb should call of their juvenile supporters to stop very bad mouth bashing of others ..
May 13, 2013 3:16 am
dont give this childish comments and set ur records right .. visit ecp website and see how many booths r there .. then count vote per sec etc ..
May 13, 2013 3:17 am
anybody from PTI called for re election in punjab ??
May 13, 2013 3:20 am
PTi was also caught rigging so include PTI too in the list .. only PTI leader has the possession of ECP stamps .. only PTI leader was the one claimed that he delivered ballot boxes to stations .. PTI leader also conducted speech etc in polling station premisses .. etc etc ..
May 13, 2013 3:23 am
r these first time in the world elections have been conducted ?? .. no .. but ues its PTI's first time .. so now grow up and accept the defeat now .. it is rightly said ."dont play if u dont have courage to face the loss"
Mohammad Farooq
May 13, 2013 3:39 am
I have no doubt now as it was all a set up. Follow saleem Safi and Dr. Shahid on twitter.
May 13, 2013 3:42 am
Grapes are sour. And very expensive too.
May 13, 2013 3:46 am
People have spoken, and they have spoken loudly, and they voted with their feet, by turning out in large numbers. Congratulations - Pakistan. A jod well done by ECP
Truth n Justice
May 13, 2013 3:59 am
This is not true. PTI 's Tabdeli Razakars did their part of knocking every 1's door and informing them. The ECP told every political party that they must NOT provide any transportation to public. It is the job of the Government. So, basically PTI played by the rules. Secondly, all those voters U saw on polling stations were there to vote for change (PTI). Delaying tactics along with changing constituencies of people n the obvious one is rigging elections were all present at the same time....Massive rigging has been done... This new Gov outa this elections doesnt represents the wills and sentiments of the People of Pakistan. The gud thing outa this thou is the fact that PTI managed to form a Gov in KPK... Now KPK will become Naya Pakistan and will set an example for others n hopefully by that tym, proper measures wuld be in place for next elections like CCTV and Army in polling booths... ( I believe Pakistan shuld adopt E-Voting machines to eliminate bogus voting once n for all )
May 13, 2013 4:02 am
A Honest leader can never win in Pakistan, its a croupt country, Nawaz had an advantage of dealing with all these coroupt MNA'S as he was in power 2-times, such connections Imran never had , same blunder will continue again, nobody can help Pakistan if its people can not. Revolution is the only way.
May 13, 2013 5:09 am
Bilal Jamil, that time is long gone when you have knock on doors. IK did rallies and speeches which people followed. Yes, IK is popular but we just did not bank on his popularity, people were shown the way, it I was up to now to lead the way and vote.
May 13, 2013 5:20 am
Err, that's not what he's saying. He's specifically talking about NA-125 and NA-250, where it was NOT the people's decision to elect PML N and MQM respectively. If you're telling him to move on from filing a complaint against a man who SLAPPED a woman so he could vote for himself, you need to rethink your priorities and educate yourself on life. please.
May 13, 2013 6:21 am
He is obviously not a graceful in his defeat. Please stop whining. The game is over. You lost.
A true pakistani
May 13, 2013 8:39 am
anyone who lives in Pakistan knows that the results started coming before the time up. the results are so disappointing, PTI deserved a chance, IK deserved a chance. the people of Pakistan are crazy, why do they give a third chance to someone who got his and did nothing? and even after 5 years of torture, PPPP still gets NA seats in the name of shaheed Bhutto. come on people! everyone knows the votes were rigged, and you would be ignorant and stubborn to deny that! NA 250, Lahore...the PTI seats in Sindh were also eaten up MQM. and still Imran Khan, being the amazing person he is, doesn't threat anyone like chairman MQM sahib did...
May 13, 2013 10:14 am
Saeed Manzoor
May 13, 2013 1:05 pm
Buck up man. We need same kind of sportsman spirit that you showed in cricketing days. You must have learn by now that there is no future of bashing someone and abusive language. Go and reach real people with real problems. There is big world below facebook and twitter. People want tangible results not just facts and figures on facebook. Welcome to real world.
Sabir Cheema
May 13, 2013 2:28 pm
Please show some respect to the people Pakistan.
May 13, 2013 5:47 pm
I will be moving to KPK to join "Naya Pakistan"
May 13, 2013 8:25 pm
Opposition is an important part of democracy without that it will be another dictatorship. Imran Khan still can do much to Pakistan
May 14, 2013 1:23 am
100% Right.People like Imran Khan win only in those places people vote on the bases of real merit,not on the bases of Bradari system.That is KPK,where the World's most honest and beautiful people from inside and outside live.And they are proud people.they have never been defeated in the history.They are the future now,after 5 years,everybody in Pakistan will be jealous from them.
Sabir Cheema
May 14, 2013 11:53 am
Who is Shiekh Rasheed, Ghulam Sarwar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Khorsheed Qasoori, Jazi Khan, Aleem ........
May 14, 2013 11:56 am
Yes take it positively and get rid of your stone age advisors
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