July 25, 2018 / 1:09 PM / in 3 months

Polls close in too-close-to-call Pakistani election

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Polls closed on Wednesday in a national election that looked too close to call, pitting former cricket star Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

A voter displays her inked thumb after casting her vote during the general election in Karachi, Pakistan, July 25, 2018. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Sharif denies wrongdoing and alleges the powerful military and judicial establishment engineered his downfall. He has urged his supporters to give his party, now led by his brother, a second consecutive term.

Khan is a long-time opposition figure and anti-corruption campaigner.

The likely winner should be known by around 2 a.m. local time on Thursday (2200 GMT Wednesday).

Writing by Kay Johnson; editing by John Stonestreet

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