Pakistan swears in new parliament amid protests from allies of Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s National Assembly swore in newly elected members on Thursday in a chaotic scene, as allies of jailed former Premier Imran Khan protested what they claim was a rigged election. Lawmakers from Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party repeatedly chanted “Vote-thief!” as Shehbaz Sharif, who’s expected to form the government, entered the lower house of … Read more

Pakistan Old-Guard Parties to Form Coalition, Thwarting Imran Khan

Pakistan’s two old-guard political parties agreed to form a government, a move that breaks an almost two-week deadlock and likely keeps jailed former premier Imran Khan’s party out of government even though it won the most seats in the country’s contentious election. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party will join in a coalition with the … Read more

Who Is Omar Ayub Khan, the Man Imran Khan Wants to Lead Pakistan?

Despite the suppression of his party, downed mobile phone networks on Election Day, and deadly election-related violence, Pakistan’s 130 million voters delivered the embattled former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his allies a resounding victory at the polls last week. Read More: Pakistan’s Military Used Every Trick to Sideline Imran Khan—and Failed. Now What? This … Read more

Pakistan election: Stunning result is a ‘display of defiance’

You’re reading an excerpt from the Today’s WorldView newsletter. Sign up to get the rest free, including news from around the globe and interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday. There was justified cynicism surrounding Pakistan’s general election held Thursday. Historical precedent suggested the country’s overweening military authorities would not … Read more

Imran Khan Allies Take Lead In Final Pakistan Election Tally

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Allies of imprisoned Pakistani ex-premier Imran Khan won more seats in national elections than the political parties who ousted him from power nearly two years ago, according to a final tally of results published Sunday. The vote last Thursday to choose a new parliament was overshadowed by allegations of vote-rigging, an unprecedented mobile phone shutdown, and … Read more

Imran Khan’s supporters do better than expected in Pakistan elections

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s general election took a surprising turn Friday after candidates affiliated with the party of jailed opposition leader Imran Khan appeared to have performed well above expectations, according to provisional official results for around half the races. Khan’s rival, three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, had been widely viewed as the clear front-runner … Read more

Nawaz Sharif claims victory amid vote rigging claims

Campaign posters for Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s former prime minister, along a street ahead of Pakistan’s national election in Lahore, Pakistan, on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024.  Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared victory on Friday in the country’s 2024 General Election, one that many Pakistanis and human rights groups … Read more

Pakistan is electing a new parliament in a vote plagued by deep divisions and cries of foul

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan is electing a new parliament on Thursday as surging militant attacks and cries of foul have cast a shadow over the vote and deep political divisions make a coalition government seem more likely. The election comes at a critical time for this nuclear-armed nation, an unpredictable Western ally bordering Afghanistan, China, India … Read more

Pakistan Election 2024: Bomb Blasts Kill Many On Eve Of Vote

A day before Pakistan’s election, two bombings near candidate and electoral offices in the province of Balochistan killed two dozen people and injured more than two dozen others, according to a local government minister. One blast occurred in the city of Pishin, killing 12 individuals and injuring 24, and another in the city of Qilla … Read more

Pair of bombings at election offices kill 24 in Pakistan the day before elections

QUETTA, Pakistan — A pair of bombings at the election offices of a political party and an independent candidate in southwest Pakistan killed at least 24 people and wounded more than two dozen others, officials said Wednesday, the day before parliamentary elections are to be held. The first attack happened in Pashin, a district in … Read more