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Shehbaz Sharif elected Pakistan’s Prime Minister for second term

Karachi, Pakistan Reuters Pakistan’s newly formed parliament elected Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday as Prime Minister for a second time, three weeks after uncertain national elections caused delays in the formation of a coalition government. He beat Omar Ayub, the candidate backed by jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who secured 92 votes. Sharif returns to […]

Pakistan’s largest parties strike deal on coalition government

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters Two major Pakistan political parties said on Tuesday that they had reached a formal agreement to form a coalition government, ending ten days of intense negotiations after an inconclusive national election did not return a clear majority. The agreement between Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz of three-time Premier Nawaz Sharif ends days of […]

Shehbaz Sharif to be coalition candidate for next Pakistan PM – spokeswoman

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters Former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will be the nominee for Pakistan’s next premier to lead a new coalition alliance formed between different parties, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday after national elections last week returned a hung parliament. The Pakistan Peoples Party on Tuesday said it would support Sharif’s party to form a minority government, ending […]

Pakistan parties wrangle over premiership, vote rigging allegations rejected

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters Pakistan’s two largest political parties were on Monday wrangling over who will be prime minister after an inconclusive election last week forced them to join forces and try to form a coalition in a parliament dominated by independents. The squabbling is likely to deepen concerns about the stability of the nation which […]

Pakistan ex-PM Imran Khan’s party says it aims to form government

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters Candidates backed by the party of jailed Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan plan to form a government, a senior aide to the former Prime Minister said on Saturday, urging supporters to peacefully protest if final election results are not released. The nation of 241 million people voted on Thursday in a general […]

US, UK, EU urge probe into Pakistan election, express concerns

Washington DC, US Reuters The United States, Britain and the European Union on Friday separately expressed concerns about Pakistan’s electoral process in the wake of a vote on Thursday and urged a probe into reported irregularities. The main battle was between former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s party and candidates backed by ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan. […]

Pakistan ex-PMs and bitter rivals Sharif and Khan both claim poll win

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters Former Pakistani prime ministers and bitter rivals Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan on Friday both declared victory in elections marred by delayed results and militant attacks, throwing the country into further political turmoil. Sharif’s party won the most seats by a single party in Thursday’s election, but supporters of imprisoned Khan, who […]

Pakistan vote counts drags on after election marred by attacks, outages

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters Pakistan counted votes after polling ended on Thursday in a general election marred by militant attacks and suspension of mobile phone services, with no indication of a clear leader seven hours after voting closed – an unusual delay compared to previous polls. The South Asian country is struggling to recover from an […]

Pakistan votes amid polarisation, militant attacks and economic crisis

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters Pakistan votes on Thursday in an election scarred by rising militant attacks, an economic crisis and a deeply polarised political environment, and many analysts believe no clear winner may emerge. The main contests are expected to be between candidates backed by jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party […]