Former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf get together and its associates gained probably the most seats within the remaining tally revealed on Sunday.
Hundreds of protesters have blocked highways and began a daylong strike to reveal in opposition to the outcomes of final week’s basic election in Pakistan.
The demonstrations on Monday comply with the announcement of the ultimate outcomes from the February 8 vote, with tensions excessive amid claims of vote rigging and tampering, and intense uncertainty over the formation of the following authorities.
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) get together and its associates gained probably the most seats within the remaining tally revealed on Sunday, securing 95 of 264 seats. Ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) get together got here second with 75 seats.
With nobody get together successful a majority, complicated negotiations are ongoing over forming a coalition authorities that may decide the nation’s subsequent prime minister.
With dozens of constituency outcomes going through challenges in courtroom, Pakistan has weeks of political uncertainty forward.
Amid these difficult talks, controversy persists over allegations of vote rigging. The PTI can also be protesting that Khan was not in a position to run within the election resulting from felony convictions, a few of which had been pushed by way of simply forward of the vote.
Alongside different events, the PTI has refused to simply accept defeat in dozens of constituencies, claiming vote tampering.
Hundreds took to the streets over the weekend in Lahore, the place dozens had been arrested. On Monday, the get together organised additional protests and a strike.
A authorities spokesperson within the province of Balochistan, Jan Achakzai, urged protesters to “present grace” by accepting defeat and transferring from the highways.
Police had beforehand warned that they’d come down laborious on unlawful gatherings and cited a Part 144 order, a colonial-era legislation banning public gatherings.
“Some people are inciting unlawful gatherings across the Election Fee and different authorities workplaces,” a press release from Islamabad’s police pressure stated on Sunday.
“Authorized motion might be taken in opposition to illegal assemblies. It ought to be famous that inquiring for gatherings can also be against the law,” it stated.
The same warning was additionally issued in Rawalpindi, the place AFP workers noticed police fireplace tear fuel at a crowd of PTI supporters picketing an election workplace.
A gathering of about 200 PTI supporters in Lahore was dispersed rapidly after police moved in with riot shields and batons.
In the meantime, Sharif’s PML-N, which has the backing of Pakistan’s highly effective army, and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Celebration (PPP), which got here third within the election with 54 seats, are holding alliance talks and wrangling over who could be premier.