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Imran Khan’s PTI surges in Pakistani elections despite imprisonment

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Jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is set to emerge as the leading force in Pakistan’s parliamentary elections, although falling short of an absolute majority, according to reports from Pakistani media.

As of Saturday morning, the latest vote count revealed that PTI-affiliated independent candidates had secured 99 out of the 266 seats, while Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) won 71 and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) obtained 53 seats. 

A majority requires 133 seats, leaving 43 seats yet to be determined.

Imran Khan, currently in prison, delivered an unexpected victory speech generated by artificial intelligence. 

This unprecedented move comes amidst a crackdown on the opposition, resulting in the imprisonment of Khan and several other party leaders. 

Khan faced convictions in three cases over the past two weeks, involving alleged false marriage, divulging state secrets (connected to a leaked official message he denies), and purportedly selling presents gifted by foreign leaders during his tenure as Prime Minister.

The victory for PTI has stunned many observers, as the party appeared to be in disarray due to the imprisonment of its leader and other prominent figures. Notably, PTI candidates were compelled to run as independents after the Election Commission of Pakistan stripped the party of its familiar cricket bat symbol.

In response to the unexpected results, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who initially claimed victory for PMLN, has now expressed his intention to explore forming a coalition government with the rival PPP led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

The outcome of these elections marks a pivotal moment in Pakistan’s political landscape, with the unexpected success of PTI challenging conventional expectations despite the challenges faced by its leadership. 

As the country awaits the final seat tally and potential coalition negotiations, the political future of Pakistan hangs in the balance.

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CID investigates blackmail case involving actress and ex-boyfriend

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis that they have launched an investigation into a complaint by a popular actress. 

The actress alleged that her ex-boyfriend, currently residing abroad, blackmailed her by threatening to publish nude photos online unless she transferred money to him.

The CID stated that the actress and her boyfriend were in a relationship for about four years, and after her rise to fame, she ended the relationship. 

The ex-boyfriend retaliated by threatening to publish nude photos, prompting the actress to transfer money to prevent the act. 

The CID requested permission to obtain reports on the relevant bank accounts, and the Magistrate granted the request, instructing the CID to complete the investigation and report its findings to the Court.

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Google maps error leads drunken men to scale wall of ‘Temple Trees’

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Two individuals who scaled the wall of ‘Temple Trees,’ the official residence of the Prime Minister in Colombo, have cited a Google Maps error for their presence within the highly fortified premises. 

The suspects, aged 28, claimed that they were following Google Maps directions to their rented residence on Muhandiram Road when the route ended near a large wall.

According to their confession, after having drinks at a bar in Kollupitiya, they believed their residence was on the other side of the wall and decided to scale it. 

Officers of the Prime Minister’s Security Division apprehended the individuals, subsequently handing them over to the Kollupitiya Police.

The suspects, one working as a software engineer and the other as a merchant seaman, were released on Police bail. They are scheduled to appear in court on March 14. 

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SL wins 1st T20I by 3 runs

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Sri Lanka won the 1st T20I match against Bangladesh by 03 runs, after a thrilling game.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh invited the visitors to bat first, where the visiting Sri Lankans scored 206/3 before limiting the Bangladesh team to 203/8.

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