Imran Khan: Hours after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif declared that his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had won the general election, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) issued an AI-generated victory speech of their incarcerated leader, Imran Khan.
Independents Take the Lead
The development occurred when poll results from Pakistan revealed that, despite Sharif’s party emerging as the single largest party, independents—the majority of whom were supported by Imran Khan—were in control and had won the majority of seats. Imran Khan claimed in his AI-generated speech that the high voter participation on election day was the reason why Nawaz Sharif’s “London plan” failed.
“The London plan has failed because of your votes… No Pakistani believes him (Nawaz Sharif)… Everyone has seen the might of your vote, now demonstrate the ability to protect your vote,” Imran Khan said.
Voter Trust Acknowledged
“You lived up to my trust and the massive turnout on election day surprised many. The ‘London Plan’ because of your active participation in the democratic exercise. Nawaz Sharif is a leader of low intelligence who gave a victory speech despite his party trailing by 30 seats,” the former premier further said.
Imran Khan went on to say that the people had “laid the foundation for the restoration of the freedom to exercise citizens’ rights” by demonstrating in large numbers and exercising their “democratic right of franchise”. Additionally, he thanked the populace “for contributing to our comfortable election victory.”
PML-N’s Expected Victory with Potent Military Support
With alleged support from the potent military, the PML-N was widely expected to win the elections in Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif ended his self-imposed exile and returned to Pakistan from London prior to the elections, appearing to be on track for a fourth term as prime minister. After his party failed to secure a clear majority, Sharif also declared victory and urged rivals to work together to form a unity government.
Sharif Extends Invitation to Collaborate for National Recovery
“Pakistan Muslim League is the single-largest party in the country today after the elections, and it is our duty to bring this country out of the whirlpool. Whoever has got the mandate, whether independents or parties, we respect the mandate they have got. We invite them to sit with us and help this wounded nation get back on its feet,” Sharif told supporters in Lahore.
ECP Data Release
The Election Commission of Pakistan released the most recent data, which shows that 224 out of 265 constituencies had results that could be announced. Independent candidates, primarily backed by the party of imprisoned former prime minister Imran Khan, won 92 seats, followed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz with 63 and the Pakistan Peoples Party led by Bilawal Bhutto with 50. Smaller groups managed to get 19 seats.
US, UK, and EU Express Alarm Over Pakistan’s Election Process
Separately on Friday, the US, the UK, and the EU voiced their concerns about Pakistan’s election process, which has been tainted by militant assaults and delayed results. The countries have demanded that the reported discrepancies be looked thoroughly. The US and the EU declared that a thorough investigation should be conducted into the claims of irregularities, fraud, and intervention, including the arrests of activists.
The European Union released a statement citing a “lack of a level playing field” and blaming it on “the inability of some political actors to contest the elections” in addition to limitations on internet access, assembly, and freedom of expression. The US State Department noted violence and attacks on media personnel in addition to stating that there were “undue restrictions” on the freedoms of expression and assembly.