Pakistani prime minister-elect Imran Khan in his election victory speech vowed to improve relations with Afghanistan with an emphasis on open borders and free trade.

Just two of the 1,500 candidates fielded by Islamic fundamentalist parties won seats in the general elections in an apparent rejection of radicalism.

For many women, voting in general elections was once just a dream. That all changed last week.

Extremism, the economy, population growth, water shortages and civil-military relations are the top concerns looking forward, analysts say.

Khan pledged accountability and policy reforms to benefit all Pakistanis, as rival parties claimed vote rigging and demanded independent oversight of the vote count.

More than 19 million new voters, including millions of women and youths, may prove decisive in the contest.

Civil society groups are raising concerns that banned groups are finding a way to participate in the general elections on July 25.

Recent election-related violence has underscored the need for enhanced security measures ahead of and during the July 25 general elections.

The awareness campaign aims to curb the viral spread of false information.

Joint Crisis Management Units have been formed to protect political parties and their leaders.