Imprisoned former prime minister Imran Khan has declared victory in the election as forces loyal to him received the majority of votes. But another former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, insists his party should form the next government and has urged others to join him in a coalition.
Given that there is no clear winner in the election,
Days of political trading are expected in Pakistan.
The fact that telephone communications were blocked on election day and the counting of election results was extremely slow has raised suspicions that the army forces, which support the party of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, interfered in the election process.
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan was sentenced to 14 years in prison last week on corruption charges. Prior to this, Khan launched a wide-ranging campaign against the military establishment of the state.