Nawaz Sharif urges rivals to join hands to rebuild nation

The ECP finally started updating results at a faster pace after facing a barrage of criticism by the parties, especially the PTI, which alleged that its mandate was being stolen.

Khan, 71, cricketer-turned-politician and founding chairman of the PTI, is behind bars and barred from contesting. PTI candidates are running as independents as they were not allowed to use the party symbol either — a cricket bat.

The polling ended at 5 p.m. on Thursday but the first official result was announced 10 hours later, at 3 a.m. on Friday. The delay irked many and added grist to the rumour mills’ speculation of foul play to manipulate the outcome.

The PTI too claimed that it won the elections, while alleging that results were being delayed to rig the outcome.

PML-N leader Ishaq Dar earlier said that the independent candidates, who are emerging victorious in the 2024 general elections, are in contact with the party.

“The independents have contacted us and they will join any party in the next 72 hours as per the Constitution,” said the former finance minister.

The interim caretaker government’s interior ministry has said that it had reviewed the media and the public’s concerns about the late processing of the results and attributed it to “lack of communication, which was the outcome of mobile services suspension taken to ensure a peaceful election process”.

The long delay in the announcement of results by the ECP created a lot of confusion.

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