Imran Khan welcomes poll outcome but alleges rigging
- Congress Vadodara candidate Madhusudan Mistry arrested for vandalising Modi posters
- Modi wants EC to take action against Sonia, says Cong chief resorting to 'rabid communalism'
- Shakti Mills gangrape convicts repeat offenders, says court; may face death sentence
- Sahara must pay Rs 10,000 cr to show its 'bonafide' and not for Subrata Roy's release: SC
- Sri Lanka vs West Indies Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka lose three in a hurry
Crickter-turned-politician Imran Khan today said his party would act as a "solid opposition" even as he alleged that the general elections in Pakistan were marred by rigging in some provinces.
"The greatest strength of democracy is a solid opposition, which was not there in Pakistan for the past 10 years. Till now there was friendly opposition. We will tell the people the benefit of a good opposition," Khan, 60, said in a video released from the hospital in Lahore where he is recuperating from a fall that fractured his spine.
Khan, the chief of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, did not acknowledge the PML-N's victory or congratulate Nawaz Sharif as most other Pakistani politicians have done.
The video was Khan's first reaction to trends which showed that the PML-N was set to bag more than 125 of the 272 parliamentary seats that went to the polls yesterday.
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has already claimed victory and said his party will form the next government.
Khan often claimed during the campaign that his party would sweep the election but trends showed that it would bag just over 30 seats.
Analysts pointed out that its actual total could be lower as several leaders like Khan had won in more than one seat and would be allowed to retain only one.
Despite the poor showing, Khan alleged that his party had been affected by rigging in Punjab and Sindh provinces.
The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf will produce a "white paper" on the alleged rigging so that such practices could be prevented in future, he said.
He said his party would form the government in northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, where it has emerged the single largest party.
He pledged to make the province an example for the rest of Pakistan by reforming the police force, education and healthcare.
- Real science is in small laboratories: Prof Rao
- Unguarded and unkempt, vacant govt houses cry for attention
- Won’t become a politician, will carry forward husband legacy: Savita Bhatti
- Congress screening panel okays Bansal’s name for Lok Sabha ticket
- Gujarat minister Saurabh Patel may reply to EC notice: ‘I’m related to Ambanis’
- SC exonerates BJP leader Bokhiria in businessman murder case