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After a wait of over two decades victory finally embraces cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan
Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party in the general elections held in Pakistan on July 25, 2018.

The other parties involved in the elections have declared the elections as rigged. Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was ahead in 66 constituencies, and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), led by Benazir Bhutto's son Bilawal Bhutto, led in 39 constituencies. The final results of the elections are yet to be announced.

Even Imran Khan’s party is expected to fall short of clear majority and will need to form an alliance with smaller parties and independents. PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif has rejected the results and hinted that his party would launch protests against the rigging of polls by the Pakistan army.

These election results will mark only the second civilian transfer of power in Pakistan's 71-year history. The powerful armed forces are believed to be trying to tilt the race in Khan's favour. Even if Imran Khan forms the government the way forward is not going to be easy. He will have to tackle deep economic crisis and deteriorating relations with the US. Another challenge would be to control rampant corruption and make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state as per his poll promise.

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