Pakistan Elections 2018: Imran Khan Calls a Meeting for PTI Leaders
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Islamabad, Jul 26: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has called for a consultative meeting with his party leaders at his Bani Gala residence here on Thursday, according to sources. The meeting comes after his party has gained inroads in the National Assembly (NA) tally, according to unofficial results. The meeting, which is scheduled to be held at 12 pm (local time), will take a call on a future action plan of government formation, Geo News quoted sources as saying.

The party leaders will also contact the winning independent candidates from across the Punjab province. Sources further said that the meeting will also decide a future course of action against the reaction of the opposition parties in connection to the general election results.

The PTI is set to emerge as the single largest party with Imran Khan likely to be the new prime minister of Pakistan. According to ARY news, citing unofficial results, the PTI is leading at 120 seats, while PML-N and PPP are closing in at the second and third positions respectively. Other parties are leading in 20 constituencies so far, while independent candidates are also leading in 20 seats.

Various political parties and journalists have alleged the elections to be rigged in favour of Imran Khan. Pakistan went to polls on Wednesday and the counting of votes began soon thereafter in the evening. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday said that results of the general elections were delayed due to a software error.

Meanwhile, Imran's first wife Jemima Goldsmith announced that the PTI chief would be Pakistan's next prime minister. Taking to her Twitter handle, Goldsmith wrote, "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"

Recalling Imran's first election in 1997, she tweeted, "I remember IK's 1st election in 1997- untested, idealistic & politically naive. I waited up for the call in LHR with 3 mo old Sulaiman, who I had lugged around the country. Eventually he called. "It's a clean sweep" & after my gasp, ". the other way." He roared with laughter."