Peshawar: Former Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  (PTI) on Thursday said it would lead a coalition government in the terror-hit northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Northwestern Pakistan is on the frontline of a nearly seven-year domestic Taliban insurgency and suffers near daily bomb and shooting attacks blamed on militants.

Khan has called for an end to military operations and peace talks with the Taliban, making his party's victory in the northwest a significant development.

Pervez Khattak, secretary general of PTI party has been nominated as the provincial Chief Minister. "We will form a coalition government with Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP)," Khattak said.

Khan's PTI emerged as the largest party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by securing 35 seats in the 99-member provincial assembly. JI and QWP secured seven seats each. "Our province was badly suffered due to terrorism and we need unified efforts to bring peace," said Khattak.

(Agencies)

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