Journalists said in years of covering Pakistani elections, it was unprecedented that only 20 percent election results had come in by 1am, writes Mehreen Zahra-Malik.
“I’ve been covering elections for over twenty-five years and this is the first time that it is one in the morning and until now we barely have 20 percent of the results,” Geo News’ Hamid Mir said. “Why are the results so late? The election commission has to answer for this. This is really alarming.”
All major political parties other than Imran Khan’s PTI have alleged rigging, including saying polling agents, party volunteers who monitor the count, were forced out of polling stations before a final tally has been reached, leaving soldiers and other officials to potentially tamper with the vote. About 371,388 soldiers, five times more than during the 2013 elections, were ordered deployed by the election commission to protect and facilitate Wednesday’s polls.-TheGuardian
22 years later, after humiliations, hurdles and sacrifices, my sons’ father is Pakistan’s next PM. It’s an incredible lesson in tenacity, belief & refusal to accept defeat. The challenge now is to remember why he entered politics in the 1st place. Congratulations @ImranKhanPTI
— Jemima Goldsmith (@Jemima_Khan) July 26, 2018
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) July 26, 2018
First time in history, a Pakistani leader's victory speech was broadcasted worldwide by international media giants. 'Change' hits Pakistan.
— Dr Saqlain Shah (@DrSaqlainSh) July 26, 2018
'ISIS' suicide bomber kills at least 30, including children, at a polling station in Pakistan https://t.co/TJ807CBOFT
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) July 25, 2018
ہماری جمہوریت کو نقصان پہنچانے کی غرض سے دشمن کا کوئٹہ میں کیا جانے والا سفاک حملہ انتہائی قابل مذمت ہے۔ حملے میں معصوم انسانوں کی شہادتیں باعث افسوس ہے۔ دہشت گردی کو شکست دینے کیلئے قوم نکلے اور بھرپور طریقے سے پولنگ میں حصہ لے۔
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 25, 2018
Pakistani volunteers and security officers visit the site of a bombing in quetta, Pakistan on wednesday. A suicide bomber struck a outside a crowded polling station in quetta, killing dozens of people as pakistanis cost ballots to democratically elect a civilian government. pic.twitter.com/A2qxJUhJTq
— email@example.com Nabajyoti Haloi (@nhaloi29gmailc1) July 26, 2018
A suicide bomber at a polling station in Pakistan killed one candidate and 109 other voters. It's sad
— Coxy (@princecoxy) July 26, 2018
Well spoken Imran Khan. I have been saying whatever you said on all channels past two days regarding India-Pakistan! I hope you succeed in making your “Mulk” have good relations with my “Mulk” pic.twitter.com/YCe741vW22
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) July 26, 2018
To everyone who thought @ImranKhanPTI wasn't the right choice,very humbly I ask you all to just listen to the first speech of every one who was ever elected in Pak and then listen to this. Pakistan be proud, be happy and let's be the nation he wants us to be! #PakistanZindabad
— Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed) July 26, 2018
Just saw the first speech of PM in waiting @ImranKhanPTI and wow…hope other leaders learn and understand the connect they are all missing from reality. Super proud of our incoming PM. Pakistan good times are on their way. We will all be equal & united.
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) July 26, 2018
— Terrorism Acts (@Terrorism_Acts) July 26, 2018
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) July 25, 2018
#Pakistan: A suicide bomber detonated their explosives close to a polling station in the Eastern Bypass area of #Quetta as civilians turned up to cast their votes. Approximately 28 people were killed in the attack. IS has claimed responsibility. @IntellFusion pic.twitter.com/2Q797NkMYn
— Intelligence Fusion -Asia (@IF_asia_) July 25, 2018
Condemnable terrorist attack in Quetta by enemies of Pak seeking to disrupt our democratic process. Saddened by the loss of innocent lives. Pakistanis must defeat the terrorists' design by coming out in strength to cast their vote.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 25, 2018
The one thing we tend to forget is that it is not only the Prime Ministers duty to change Pakistan. We will not progress until we as a nation decide to change. Change begins with us. #NayaPakistan
— Zaid Ali (@Za1d) July 26, 2018
Gonna say this again, what a positive, well balanced, politically correct and humble speech by Imran khan. Allah Pakistan ki aur Imran khan ki madad farmaye.
Pakistan Zindabad! 🇵🇰
— nma (@namaloomafraaad) July 26, 2018
Mubarak #Pakistan !! Mubarak Prime Minister #ImranKhan !!! What a heartfelt first speech. I pray Allah Almighty gives him all the strength to fulfil all that he wishes for and all that he promised ! Ameen #PakistanZindabad 🇵🇰🎉@ImranKhanPTI #ElectionPakistan2018
— URWA HOCANE (@VJURWA) July 26, 2018
— Fahad Malik (@Fahad4014) July 26, 2018