He created history first in 1992 when Pakistan won the world cup. And 26 years later, he has created history again. The Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the single largest side in the National Assembly with its candidates winning 110 seats amid rival political parties’ claim of “blatant” rigging. However, the former cricketer-turned politician will have to seek out allies to form a coalition government.
Mr Khan founded PTI in 1996 and has served as a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since 2013, proving himself an outspoken figure on many divisive social issues.Critics of his candidacy suggest he has received excessive support as the preferred candidate of the country’s powerful military. He has also faced criticism for courting a group of independent political veterans known as “electables” who will offer their allegiance to the party of the highest bidder, rather than backing candidates best equipped to serve the public.
Born in Lahore on 5 October 1952, the only son of affluent civil engineer Ikramullah Khan Niazi and his wife Shaukat Khanum, Imran Khan was sent to England as a boy and educated at Aitchison College in Worcester before attending Keble College, Oxford.
Provisional results released by the Election Commission of Pakistan today morning showed PTI had won 110 seats out of the 251 races where counting had ended. The National Assembly has 272 seats in total and the halfway mark is 137 for a simple majority.
Mr Khan’s direct rival and jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s party PML-N won 63 seats.The left-of-centre Pakistan People’s Party or PPP led by Bilawal Bhutto, son of assassinated leader Benazir Bhutto, won 42 seats.
His win has stunned the world and expectations from him have increased. Will he live up to them is something the world will know in the coming few years.