Appearing at the Atlantic Council, a USA think-tank, Ikram ul Majeed Sehgal chairman of the Pathfinder Group said the Pakistani army always had a major say in elections.
In NA-249 Karachi, PTI's Faisal Vavda is maintaining a 1,000-vote lead over PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif, reported Samaa TV.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has said that there are "ample grounds" to doubt the legitimacy of the election, a view echoed by Sharif, who described his arrest as motivated by "blind revenge" and said upon his return to Pakistan "what credibility is now left of the elections?" PML-N, on the other hand, is now ahead in 64 seats, and PPP in 38 seats.
Meanwhile, massive delays in counting and allegations of rigging dominated the early hours of Thursday in Pakistan, where official poll results were still awaited even 15 hours after voting ended. The PML (N), however, has an edge over PTI in Punjab, the country's most populous province and political powerbase. The PPP was leading in races for 42 seats.
According to Dawn, PML-N's Muhammed Riaz won NA-123 (Lahore-I) with 97,193 votes, defeating PTI which secured 72,535 votes. "This whole election could be null and void, and we don't want this".
A hard-line Pakistani cleric who heads an alliance of religious parties and the country's parliament speaker have cast their ballots in the general elections underway in Pakistan. "Prime Minister Imran Khan".
The PML-N says it is the target of the alleged military machinations.
Haqqani, who is with the Hudson Institute think-tank, said the result was unlikely to change anything in Pakistan, unless the military-led establishment decides to shutdown its "jihad business" and recognises it as the source of the country's isolation and economic difficulties. "The way the people's mandate has blatantly been insulted, it is intolerable", Shehbaz told a news conference as the counting continued. He defeated PML-N's Abdullah Khan who received 49,532 votes.
Pakistanis began voting in a historic third straight election ending a campaign marred by widespread allegations of manipulation that local and global rights group say imperils the country's wobbly transition to democratic rule.
According to unofficial initial results, the PTI party is now leading in about113 national assembly seats, while PML-N is ahead in about 60seats, local media report.
Khan is also likely to be met with trepidation in neighbouring Afghanistan, where he has been vocal in his opposition to the US-led invasion that followed the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday rejected allegations of any wrongdoing in the general election after several political parties raised objections over the process and said they feared rigging. "The delay is being caused because the result transmission system has collapsed", Yaqoob said.
Thousands of Khan's supporters took to the streets to celebrate in Islamabad as news of a possible victory emerged.
He rejected any wrongdoing in the election and said "the issue of fraud can be discussed after ECP announces the results".
The ECP took notice of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan's vote in NA-53, as the PTI chief's voting exercise was captured on video, violating the ECP's "secrecy of ballot" code. One person was killed in a grenade attack in Khuzdar, Balochistan province, and another in a shooting between rival politicians in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
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