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Pakistan PM-Elect Imran Khan Holds Courtesy Meet With Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria Visuals from the meeting between Indian High Commission officials with Pak PM-elect Imran Khan
Kristopher Love | 13 August, 2018, 09:46

Indian High Commissioner Ajay Basariya congratulated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on winning the general elections during a meeting at the latter's Bani Gala residence in Islamabad on Friday.

In this photograph taken on February 5, 2018, Pakistani cricketer-turned-opposition leader and head of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, speaks during an interview with AFP at his home in Islamabad. But he may not be take oath before August 15 due to formalities involving his election by the NA.

Among them was the notification for the NA-53 seat in Islamabad, another seat that Khan contested against PML-N leader and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

On Thursday, Babar Awan, the counsel for Imran Khan, contended that there were scores of people when Imran Khan arrived at the polling booth, following which the screens meant to keep the procedure secret were dispersed and so his client cast his vote publicly. Television footage showed him accompanied by friends and supporters, as he publicly stamped the ballot paper on the presiding officer's table instead of going behind the voting screen.

Earlier in the day, the Election Commission of Pakistan accepted the unconditional written apology from Khan for violating the secrecy of the ballot, removing the last possible hurdle in his swearing-in. However, no official notification confirming the development has been issued as yet.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza disagreed with the ECP's Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa members, who were in favour of accepting the apology, the report said.

The PTI statement quoted Bisaria as saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's phone call to Khan had given rise to "new optimism in India that relations would move forward positively".

According to Section 185 of the Election Act, a person can be given a six-month jail sentence and/or fine of Rs 1,000 for not casting their vote in secrecy.

He further claimed that his party has the support of 180 members in the National Assembly.