Imran Khan claims victory in Pakistan elections

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Pakistan cricket legend turned opposition stalwart Imran Khan claimed victory Thursday in the country's tense elections, following accusations of poll rigging by rival parties.

“We were successful and we were given a mandate,” Khan said during a live broadcast.

“I came into politics because I wanted Pakistan to become the country that Jinnah had envisioned. This has been a historic election,” said Khan in a televised speech in Islamabad, referring to the country’s founding father.

“I want to thank Allah for this opportunity to serve the nation. Through its ups and downs; I am grateful for being given this chance,” he said.

Khan, 65, campaigned on populist promises to build a “New Pakistan” and vowed to eradicate corruption, clean up the environment and construct an “Islamic welfare” state.

Khan’s support from the Pakistan Army’s and his support to Islamist voices have given rise to apprehensions that he would take a harder position on engagement with India than the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

He has been an outspoken critic of the US-led war in neighboring Afghanistan as well as China’s massive investment in Pakistan, which has racked up millions of dollars in debt to Beijing.

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  • Rex Thursday, 26 July 2018 06:34 PM

    It's Sanga's time now in Sri lanka. Rajapaksa's are shivering in fear...

    Saman Friday, 27 July 2018 03:29 AM

    dream on ...

    Sharon Friday, 27 July 2018 08:26 AM

    Fortunately we have more than a year for election. By that time we can see how a Cricketer is ruling a country (Pakistan)

    dulan Friday, 27 July 2018 08:57 AM

    Do you know Sangha ?Is he a fool to take such a job

    sam Thursday, 26 July 2018 07:31 PM

    Arjuna, Please don't dream. It is not applicable and will not happen in SL

    Ash Friday, 27 July 2018 06:19 PM

    Good one...

    Jaffna Logic Thursday, 26 July 2018 07:35 PM

    He was an effective and a stylish cricketer through which he became very popular not just in Pakistan but in all the cricket playing nations. But his strength to rule Pakistan has not much to do with cricket. He has a vision for Pakistan and refused to be looser even though he endured so many setbacks. Coming from a good family and an Oxford degree was the backbone of who he really turned out to be. While we all wish him to take Pakistan away from the corruptions in a new direction,we must be careful not to encourage any other cricketer,however good they may have been with the bat and ball,to try to do an Imran Khan.

    Sumal Thursday, 26 July 2018 07:37 PM

    We want Sangakara as president and Mahela as Prime minister. Can UNP support this proposal? We do not want the return of Mafia.

    Palle Friday, 27 July 2018 06:22 AM

    and Charly Austin as finance minister.

    Zuh Thursday, 26 July 2018 08:51 PM

    We have Arjuna with similar qualities, but our slaves would never want a change

    Dils Thursday, 26 July 2018 09:23 PM

    Arjuna are you joking please he can’t even do a minstarial position

    Paddy Thursday, 26 July 2018 11:19 PM

    Zuh, what type of weed are you smoking?

    dulan Friday, 27 July 2018 08:59 AM

    We have all his 5 brothers, 5 in laws and mother as Ministers! will beat MR

    Dee Thursday, 26 July 2018 09:37 PM

    Obviously a similar country to SL. What else?

    mad dog SRILANKAN Thursday, 26 July 2018 09:48 PM

    Great to know Imran is going to be the new PM of Pakistan. Thanks to all the voters in PAKISTAN. All I want now is a country led by our great Sanga to move our country. I have no faith in others. I request all the Lankans to back Sanga so that our country can move forward.

    Haramanis Singho Thursday, 26 July 2018 10:56 PM

    When you refer to Arjuna, do you mean Arjuna Ranatunga?Aiyo ,he will be interested in only creating Guiness recordslike erecting the tallest Christmas Tree in the world. Howsilly ?

    Sumut Friday, 27 July 2018 02:02 AM

    Holy cow

    optimisticpopsicle Friday, 27 July 2018 01:14 AM

    Haha these comments about Sanga makes me lol, guys not just Sanga, even God cannot save our country. There is no salvation for Sri Lanka, not in a hundred years.

    Ceylon Friday, 27 July 2018 01:38 AM

    If he didnt follow what he promissed he eill become another sirisena 4%.

    Daya Friday, 27 July 2018 04:52 AM

    This nation in many times witness the coup from the national forces and never allowed any democratically elected party to make decision without fear from the national forces and extreme elements. Leaders are just puppets.

    Dinesh Friday, 27 July 2018 04:59 AM

    Sanga and mahela are you serious? There are more clever people who can lead srilanka. Cricketers are not able to understand real issues that people face.

    Arnold Friday, 27 July 2018 07:25 AM

    Sanga should do the same. We are sick of paying high duties and taxes to sustain the lavish lifestyles of politicians of both parties.

    Cobra Friday, 27 July 2018 08:17 AM

    I'd say we go with Weerawansa as President and Gammampila as the Prime Minister!!!

    Sambo Friday, 27 July 2018 08:49 AM

    What donkey is asking for Sanga and Mahela to the two top jobs. Its easy to play cricket but not easy to play politics. Every dick tom and harry wants to rule this country that's why we are still a developing country even after 50 ears.

    Waco Friday, 27 July 2018 08:50 AM

    Imran Khan, congratulations and all the very Best in all your future endeavours.

    Sammy Friday, 27 July 2018 10:37 AM

    Imran has built up his political career for a period of over 20 years and learnt the tricks during this period. It is not easy to just walk into politics

    Rahul Friday, 27 July 2018 01:03 PM

    Sanha good selection n as we minorities give all votes to the good family man by the time peoplevfrom south mixed with racism will accept this wonder by us


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