Pakistan Elections 2024: PTI protests as Nawaz Sharif seeks government formation

Pakistan Elections 2024: Gohar Ali Khan from Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party said President Arif Alvi will call on the PTI to constitute the government.

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Pakistan Elections 2024: Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party claimed on Saturday that President Arif Alvi will invite the PTI to form government as they have secured a majority in the National Assembly.

This assertion comes amid delayed election results, prompting the PTI to call nationwide protests on Sunday to defend the vote's integrity, with independent candidates leading with 100 seats.

At a press conference, PTI leader Gohar Khan urged all Pakistani institutions to respect his party's mandate. If full results aren't released by Saturday night, the PTI will hold peaceful demonstrations outside offices tabulating the votes.

Pakistan's 241 million people voted on February 8th amid economic crisis and militant violence in a polarized climate. Both Imran Khan and rival ex-PM Nawaz Sharif declared victory, fueling uncertainty over the next government when swift policy action is required.

Some reports indicate the PML-N and PPP are actively pursuing central, Punjab and Balochistan government formations while guardedly negotiating potential power-sharing deals.

On Sunday, PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari will hold key meetings in Lahore and Islamabad to discuss proposed coalition specifics.

With results incomplete, parties are strategically positioning themselves to capitalize on an unclear outcome. The PTI insists the presidency will tap them while rivals craft careful government plans.