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As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) maintained a commanding lead with more than half the votes counted from Wednesday selection, party chairman Imran Khan in his address to the nation declared victory in the general election marred by allegations of “blatant” rigging by rival parties.

He said: “I will tell you what sort of Pakistan I want to see: my inspiration is the state that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) created in Madina,” adding that he wanted to create an Islamic welfare state. “A state in which almost half the population is below the poverty line, or above the poverty line, how can we say this is a great dream that was Pakistan. All our policies will be to uplift poor classes.”

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The PTI chairman said that he wanted all of Pakistan to unite. He was forgetting all attacks, including personal ones, that his opponents had launched against him. “My government will not take vengeful action against anyone.”

Khan promised that he will protect the tax money of people and will reduce his expenses. “I will be ashamed to live in such a huge prime minister’s house. We will decide what to do with the prime minister’s house, we will turn it into some sort of educational institute. We will use all governor houses for the public.”

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