Party leaders included PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif (2nd left) and Maulana Fazalur Rehman of the MMA (2nd right)
A group of Pakistani political parties has rejected the results of Wednesday’s general election that looks poised to bring ex-cricketer Imran Khan to power.Mr Khan’s PTI party is ahead in the poll and has declared victory, but rival parties allege vote rigging.After joint talks in Islamabad, one party leader said they would launch protests to demand fresh elections.The rival parties include that of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, which had earlier said it was ready to go into opposition. Party leader Shahbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz Sharif who is in jail on corruption charges, said the PML-N had yet to decide whether or not to boycott parliament.
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Media captionFive things to know about Imran KhanSitting alongside him at a news conference, Maulana Fazalur Rehman, leader of the MMA party and spokesman for the group of rival parties, said: “We will run a movement for holding of elections again. There will be protests.”He added: “We will not allow democracy to be taken hostage by the establishment.”Leaders of more than a dozen parties had called the conference to form a joint strategy after the election.Can Imran Khan change Pakistan?
Why Pakistan’s election matters
What are the latest figures?Results declared so far show Mr Khan’s party is leading with 114 seats of the 272 National Assembly constituencies being contested, far ahead of the PML-N.In third place is the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of assassinated two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto.However a total of 137 seats is required for a majority and while Mr Khan is on course to become Pakistan’s next prime minister, he will have to form a coalition government.An official confirmation of the vote is still to come.
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