Islamabad: Imran Khan’s party is leading in Pakistan’s general election. Elections for Pakistan’s National Assembly (Parliament) and Provincial Assemblies were held yesterday. Votes are being counted. Imran Khan’s PTI and its allies have won 50 seats in the National Assembly elections so far, according to the results released so far. Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), won 44 seats. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party won 35 seats. Others have won 8 seats. The election results are yet to be released.
In this case, speaking to the media, PTI party legal committee leader Gohar Ali Khan said, “Our party will win more than 150 seats. We will form a government at the center and in Punjab. There is no chance of an alliance with the Pakistan People’s Party or the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz). We have no desire to form a coalition government with them.
Our party is also leading in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. There will be our rule. Independents belonging to the PTI party will not defect. Even if there is a possibility of horse-trading, they will stand firm on the side of the party,” he said.
Speaking to reporters earlier, former finance minister and Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) senior leader Ishaq Dar said, “Independents have contacted us. According to the Constitution, they can join any party within 72 hours. As far as our party is concerned we will not force anyone. At the same time, they are contacting us to join our party,” he said.
Meanwhile, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the daughter of Nawaz Sharif and the chief coordinator of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), said, “Despite the false images that some media have created against the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party last night, we have emerged as a party that has won many places at the national level and in Punjab. Still waiting for some results. Nawaz Sharif will deliver a victory speech at the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party headquarters after all the results are announced. Wait till then.
Elections were held yesterday for the Parliament of Pakistan (National Assembly) and Provincial Assemblies. The election started at 8 am and continued till 5 pm. 18 thousand candidates contested in this election. 90,675 polling booths were set up across the country. Out of them, 16,766 polling booths were declared as disturbed.
14 lakh workers were engaged in the election work. A holiday was announced yesterday ahead of the election. Internet service for cell phones has been temporarily suspended ahead of the election. Despite incidents of violence at a few places, the election was largely peaceful.