Imran Khan accepts defeat in Pakistan polls

Islamabad, May 12 (IANS) Former Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan Sunday accepted defeat in the general elections and said his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party would sit in the opposition in the National Assembly.

Imran, however, claimed there was rigging in the elections, Dawn News reported.

Nawaz Sharif was Sunday poised to return to power after a 14-year hiatus, as results of the elections started trickling in.

Of the 152 seats so far secured by different parties, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) bagged 86 seats, 21 went to Imran’s PTI, and 15 to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of President Asif Ali Zardari.

Among others, nine went to independent candidates, eight to MQM, four to JuI-F, two to Jamat-e-Islami, two to Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and five to others, reported Xinhua.

The National Assembly has a total of 342 seats, and the four provincial assemblies together have 728 seats. Elections were held to 268 of the National Assembly seats. Sixty seats have been reserved for women and 10 for non-Muslims.

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