The former prime minister's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party won 15 of 20 assembly seats in the Punjab province, which local media suggests was a consequence of economic hardships felt by the country.
Since being removed from power, the former prime minister has heaped pressure on Pakistan's new government by staging protest rallies, reiterating a claim he was ousted in a "foreign conspiracy".
The former prime minister mentioned the alleged plot against him in a speech in the city of Sialkot and claimed he had recorded a video message detailing it all.
Pakistan's president has dissolved the national assembly on the advice of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who gets a reprieve after a no-confidence motion against his government is rejected in Parliament.
Imran Khan, facing a no-confidence vote in Parliament, claims "funding was being channelled into Pakistan from abroad" but "we will not compromise on national interests".
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