The recently held elections in Pakistan have resulted in a hung parliament, with independent candidates leading the way. Despite the Muslim League (PML-N) winning the most seats from registered parties, they still do not have a sufficient majority to form a government. As counting continues, independent candidates have secured 99 seats in Pakistan’s 266-seat parliament, with many of them being closely aligned with former Prime Minister Imran Khan and the PTI party.
Despite being banned from politics for a decade and currently imprisoned, Imran Khan has expressed his support for the PTI party’s candidates who ran as independents. However, the PTI party was not allowed to participate in the elections as a party, adding another layer of controversy to the results.
At present, the Muslim League has secured 71 seats, while the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) got 53. Minor parties won 27 seats, and 15 seats are still undecided. In order to form a government, independent candidates must cooperate with any other party within three days after the elections. However, Sharif acknowledged that his party does not have enough seats to form a government alone and invited other parties and successful independent candidates to cooperate with them.
The situation has been further complicated by an AI-generated video posted by the PTI party claiming that its loyal candidates had won the election. This has sparked concerns about election fraud and added fuel to ongoing tensions in Pakistan. In response to these concerns, powerful military leaders called for an end to political standoffs and emphasized the need for stability and healing in moving forward from politics of confrontation and anarchy.
As the nation waits for further developments and resolutions on this issue, it remains uncertain whether Sharif will be able to form a government or if there will be another round of elections or other political maneuvers required before reaching a conclusion.