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Khan supporters block highways in protest against election results

Thousands of supporters of Pakistan金光佛论坛檚 imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan and members of other political parties blocked key highways and started a day-long strike in the volatile south-west on Monday to protest alleged rigging of last week金光佛论坛檚 elections.

Candidates backed by Khan won more seats than the political parties that ousted him from power nearly two years ago, according to the final tally published on Sunday.

No party won a majority, however, so the parties will have to hold talks on forming a coalition government. The new parliament chooses the country金光佛论坛檚 next prime minister.

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PTI and other parties refused to accept defeat in some constituencies, claiming the vote was rigged (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

While election winners were celebrating victory, PTI and other parties refused to accept their defeat in dozens of constituencies.

Dozens of Khan金光佛论坛檚 supporters were briefly detained in the eastern city of Lahore over the weekend while protesting alleged vote-rigging.

Jan Achakzai, a government spokesman in the southwest province of Baluchistan, urged protesters to 金光佛论坛渟how grace金光佛论坛 by accepting defeat and moving away from the highways.

Khan could not run in the election because of the criminal convictions against him, which he says are politically motivated.

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A supporter from Pakistan金光佛论坛檚 former prime minister Nawaz Sharif金光佛论坛檚 party, Pakistan Muslim League-N, watches fireworks as the party celebrates the victory of their candidate in Peshawar (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

The Pakistan Muslim League-N party (PML-N) led by three-time premier Nawaz Sharif secured 75.

Mr Sharif is currently in talks with allies to form a coalition government.

The Pakistan People金光佛论坛檚 Party, or PPP, led by Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, came in third with 54 seats.

One result has been withheld and another vote was postponed because of a candidate金光佛论坛檚 death.

The campaign to kick Khan out of office in 2022 was led by the PML-N and the PPP.

Pakistan金光佛论坛檚 military has always cast itself as the ultimate arbiter of who becomes prime minister, and Mr Sharif was marked out as the powerful security establishment金光佛论坛檚 preferred candidate because of his smooth return to the country last October.

Mr Sharif spent four years in exile to avoid serving prison sentences but his convictions were overturned within weeks of his arrival in Pakistan.

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