The Pakistan Stock Exchange saw a significant increase in activity during early trading, a day after the country voted for its second consecutive democratic transfer of power, as the benchmark KSE-100 index gained 767 points to reach 42,106 points.
Preliminary, unofficial results showed the PTI, headed by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, leading the National Assembly tally. As party workers from across the country celebrated the results, the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) flat out rejected the pending results of Wednesday’s election, citing "outright rigging" and accusing officials of preventing its representatives from overseeing the count.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) denied the claims, saying a new electronic results system suffered unexpected glitches. Despite the technical issues, "these elections were 100 percent fair and transparent", said Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza earlier today, in his first comments after polls closed.