Pakistan's benchmark index surged as much as 1.9 percent in early trading after Khan took a commanding lead with almost half the votes counted after the election, which has been marred by claims of rigging by opponents.
"This is a historic election".
Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan Babar Yaqoob said on Thursday that the authority received 675 complaints on the July 25, the day of voting for General Election 2018.
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), around 12,027 candidates are in the run for the national and provincial assembly seats.
David Markey of Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies said he expected a Khan-led government to "try to renegotiate terms with Beijing, using its populism as a point of leverage but never actually aiming to sever ties in ways that would upset the army", which has historically close ties with China. Still, it was the allegations against rigging that may impact Khan's ability to form a government.
He said that Pakistan would do its best to restore peace in neighboring Afghanistan.
Also Wednesday, shooting between supporters of two opposing political parties killed one person and wounded two in a village near the northwestern city of Swabi.
He urged India to stop propagating "venomous propaganda" against Pakistan.
About America, he said his government would look for a balanced relationship with its former ally in so-called war against terrorism.
It is again viewed as the single-largest party in Sindh though it is facing a strong challenge from PTI, MMA, and a regional conglomerate Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) in different parts of the province. We have a huge trade and current account deficits, our economy is going down.
"We are ready to open any constituency".
As the chief of the party, Khan won his first seat in the national assembly in the 2002 general elections, while contesting from Mianwali, Punjab, hometown to his parents.
The PML-N - led by the former prime minister's younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif - was ahead in 64 seats. Several polling stations in Lahore also witnessed delays as the election staff did not reach the venue on time, the report said.
But he was dogged by the accusations he was benefiting from a "silent coup" by the generals which targeted the PML-N.
Several other political parties made similar allegations.
It also was a test for the resilience of the governing Pakistan Muslim League-N party.
Shehbaz and Bilawal, however, managed to win from other seats.
PPP leader Taj Haider also joined the protest claiming that copies of Form 45 were not handed to the polling agents which should be done under urgent notice.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has failed to announce the official results so far heaping the blame on failure of its online result collection system, which reportedly crashed.
A visibly exhausted Khan cut a conciliatory tone in a wide-ranging address to the nation following a controversial contest hit by accusations from major political parties of poll rigging and long delays in still unreleased official results.
The ECP has to ensure that the results are correct before releasing them.
"The 2013 election, all the parties said it was rigged".
"I have not seen this kind of elections during my entire political career".
"This is not an election, but a selection". "This whole election could be null and void, and we don't want this".
Khan has staunchly denied allegations by PML-N that he is getting help from the military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half of its history and still sets key security and foreign policy.
"The whole exercise is aimed at bringing one party into power". However, PTI has expressed its doubts about choosing to govern with one of the established parties.
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