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July 26, 2018: When Imran Khan declared victory

Supporters of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf political party, celebrate near his residence in Bani Gala during the general election, in Islamabad on July 25, 2018.

Supporters of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf political party, celebrate near his residence in Bani Gala during the general election, in Islamabad on July 25, 2018.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Cricket legend Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, declared victory on Thursday in a divisive election amid widespread allegations of rigging. As Reuters reported, the 65-year-old Khan’s success is a stunning rise for a politician who spent much of his career on the fringes of Pakistan politics, but now is Prime Minister-elect. Supporters of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who accuse Mr. Khan of colluding with the Army, said the vote was an assault on democracy. The Oxford-educated Mr. Khan, in the past a fierce critic of U.S. policy, called for “mutually beneficial ties with America, and offered an olive branch to India, saying they should resolve the Kashmir dispute. “If India takes one step, Pakistan will take two,” he said.

A victim of a bomb blast is brought to a hospital in Quetta on July 13, 2018 following an attack at an election rally.

A victim of a bomb blast is brought to a hospital in Quetta on July 13, 2018 following an attack at an election rally.   | Photo Credit: AFP

 

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