Pakistan Election Results 2018 updates: PTI in talks with MQM-P to make up numbers in National Assembly

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Pakistan Election Results 2018 updates: PTI in talks with MQM-P to make up numbers in National Assembly
  • 22:16 (IST)

    Pakistan poll panel officially announces result of all NA seats 

  • 18:10 (IST)

    Recounting ordered in NA-131 on PML-N candidate's plea challenging Imran Khan’s victory 

    The Returning Officer has approved PML-N leader Saad Rafique's plea on Friday, which challenged his opponent Imran Khan’s victory in NA-131 Lahore 9 constituency.

    Rafique, who lost to the PTI chairman in a closely-fought contest, has filed a complaint with the returning officer alleging that the presiding officer deliberately rejected hundreds of votes as invalid.

    The RO has ordered for a recount in the constituency, according to Geo TV.

  • 18:06 (IST)

    Bilawal Bhutto loses from PPP stronghold Lyari, gets 1 of 3 NA seats

    Losing Lyari seat was perhaps one of the most humiliating defeats for the PPP. Bilawal Bhutto, whose family has a long association with the Lyari seat and even regarded it as a second home, only manage to get to third place in the electoral race. Besides, Bilawal managed to win from the PPP's fort of Larkana but lost to the PTI in Malakand.

  • 17:59 (IST)

    EU monitoring team says Pakistan election not a level playing field

    A European Union monitoring team said that the campaign for Pakistan’s general election this week featured a “lack of equality” that meant it was not a level playing field for all parties. 

    “Although there were several legal provisions aimed at ensuring a level playing field, we have concluded that there was a lack of equality and (of) opportunity,” Michael Gahler, chief observer of the EU Election Observation Mission, told a news conference in its preliminary assessment of the poll.

  • 17:54 (IST)

    Veteran Pakistan politician Chaudhary Nisar Khan fails to win NA seat

    Veteran Pakistani politician Chaudhary Nisar Khan, who was the interior minister in the previous PML-N government and only recently parted ways with the party owing to several differences, was defeated from his traditional stronghold of Rawalpindi.

    Nisar, who has been a National Assembly member since 1985, lost both his NA seats — NA-59 and NA-60 — to PTI. Moreover, he lost one of the two provincial seats he contested from in Punjab. 

  • 17:11 (IST)

    PPP skips all-party meet called by PML-N on poll irregularities 

    Bilawal Bhutto-led Pakistan People's Party has decided to skip the all-party meet called by the PML-N in Islamabad on Friday. Party spokesperson Farhatullah Babar told Dawn, that the PPP was not informed in advance regarding the MPC, and the party did not see the need to attend it when its own leadership was gathering in Karachi to discuss the issue.

    "The PPP leadership will devise its own political strategy [over alleged poll irregularities," Babar added.

  • 17:03 (IST)

    PTI emerges as single-largest party in official data

  • 16:55 (IST)

    51.85% voter turnout recorded in NA polls in Pakistan

     

  • 16:30 (IST)

    51.85% turnout recorded in high-decibel NA polls, marginally less than 2013

    According to the official election commission data, the voter turnout for the National Assembly polls was 51.85 percent as compared to the 53 percent recorded in 2013 elections. In provincial polls, Balochistan saw the lowest turnout at 44.79 percent while Punjab had the highest turnout at 55.09 percent. Here is the state-wise turnout data. The data reflects only the number of valid votes casted. 

    • Balochistan - 44.79%
    • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  - 45.52%
    • Sindh - 48.11%
    • Punjab - 55.09% 

  • 16:26 (IST)

    PTI denies rumours it reached out to PPP for govt formation 

    PTI has denied rumours that it was in touch with Bilawal Bhutto-led PPP to get the required numbers to form a government at the Centre. The party tweeted out PTI leader Fawad Chaudhary's rebuttal to such rumours. 

  • 16:23 (IST)

    'Stolen' polls, 'dubious' results will have 'bad impact' on country's politics, says Nawaz Sharif

    In his first reaction over the general election results, Pakistan's jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has alleged that the polls had been "stolen" and warned that the "tainted and dubious” results would cast a "bad impact" on the country's politics. Talking to visitors in Adiala Jail on Thursday, the incarcerated leader of the PML-N, expressed his reservations over the elections results in Faisalabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi, the Dawn reported.

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Facing flak for delayed results, Pakistan's election commission puts blame on result transmission system

    Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad has said that the unprecedented delay in releasing official results was due to the failure of the result transmission system (RTS), saying it did not work as expected.

    “It is a lesson that technologies should not be introduced before multiple tests. We will see how it can be improved,” The Dawn quoted him as saying. 

  • 15:14 (IST)

    Confident of forming govt in Punjab, says PTI spokesperson

    Shortly after PML-N leader Hamza Sharif claimed that his party will form the government in Punjab, PTI spokesperson Naeemul Haque said the former will have to sit in the Opposition benches and asserted that the PTI is confident of forming the government in Punjab. 

    Haque also denied contacting PPP for an alliance in the National Assembly, and said that negotiations and political consultation was underway, reported Dawn

    The PML-N is emerging as the largest party in the Punjab province with 127 seats but PTI is close behind with 123 seats, as per the latest tally. The independents — 29 in the province — will play a key role in electing the chief minister.

  • 14:57 (IST)

    Shahid Afridi congratulates Imran Khan on 'historic victory'

    Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi took to Twitter to congratulate Imran Khan and said, "The 22 yr old struggle has finally paid off & deservedly. Pakistanis have a lot of expectations from u I really hope u lead from the front!"

  • 14:41 (IST)

    Announcement of provisional results by ECP

  • 14:21 (IST)

    Bakhtawar Zardari says PTI won 'drastically' as several PPP votes cancelled

    Hitting out at PTI's win in the general elections, Asif Ali Zardari's daughter Bakhtawar shared a photo on Twitter of a form from Jhang which showed how 12,000 votes in favour of a PPP candidate were cancelled. "In case anyone was wondering how #PTI “won” so drastically, here’s another example from #Jhang... 12K votes cancelled," she wrote. 

    Two days after elections, PPP leaders have maintained that there was rigging in the vote count process. 

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Election winners to be notified within 14 days

    According to Dawnthose who seats in the 2018 elections will be notified of their victory within 14 days. Winning candidates will also need to submit their election expenditure within 10 days. Those who fail to do so, will not be issued notifications. 

  • 13:59 (IST)

    PML-N will make govt in Punjab province: Hamza Shahbaz

    PML-N leader and Shehbaz Sharif's son, Hamza said that the party will form government in Punjab province despite allegations of poll rigging. In a press conference on Friday, he said, "The democratic process should continue. The answer to a weak democracy is another democracy.," Dawn quoted him as saying. 

    As per the results released so far by the ECP, PML-N bagged the most number of seats at 127, followed by PTI at 118 seats.

    "Despite reservations and proof of rigging, in Punjab N-league has emerged as the largest party with 129 seats," said Hamza.

  • 13:51 (IST)

    50.3% voter turnout in Pakistan 

    A coalition of civil society organisations, the Free and Fare Election Network (FAFEN), has published an initial assessment of the 2018 Pakistan general elections. With feedback from over 19,000 observers, the group said that voter turnout stood at 50.3 percent with long queues of voters at polling stations, reported Geo TV.

    Detailing the province-wise voter turnout, FAFEN stated that it stood at 59 percent in Punjab, 58.2 percent in Islamabad, 47.7 percent in Sindh, 43.6 percent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 39.6 percent in Balochistan. 

  • 13:44 (IST)

    PPP co-chair Faryal Talpur in considered for Sindh CM or Speaker's role

    PPP co-chairperson Faryal Talpur, who is Asif Ali Zardari's sister, is reportedly being considered for the post of Speaker or chief minister in Sindh Assembly. 

  • 13:32 (IST)

    ECP reverses NA-190 (DG Khan II) results; PTI ends as runner up

    The ECP has corrected the results of NA-190 (DG Khan II), declaring Independent candidate Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa as the winner, reported Dawn. Previously, PTI candidate Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa was declared as the winner with a thin margin. As per the new Form 47, the "clerical error" occurred due to entering the wrong number of votes in the Results Management System. 

  • 13:20 (IST)

    ECP declares results of 45 seats out of 50 so far in Balochistan 

    Results of 45 provincial assembly seats have been declared out of the 50 in Balochistan so far. Here is the break-up of seats so far: Balochistan Awami Party - 13 seats; MMA - 8; BNP - 5; PTI - 4; BNP-Awami - 3; ANP - 2; Hazara Democratic Party - 2; PML-N - 1; Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party - 1; Jamote Qaumi Movement - 1; Independents - 5. ​

  • 13:10 (IST)

    Despite anti-US poll rhetoric, ties likely to be stable under Imran Khan

    A large part of this criticism could be put down to poll rhetoric. Imran had a compulsion to portray himself as a leader who will set the course for a “more equal” relationship with Washington rather than letting Islamabad be treated as a “doormat”. This position is perhaps a necessary ingredient of poll success in a country where 59 percent of people describe the United States as an “enemy”.

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  • 12:59 (IST)

    Jahangir Tareen to recruit Independent MPAs in Punjab

    PTI chairman Imran Khan has reportedly tasked his confidant Jahangir Tareen with recruiting Independent Members of the Provincial Assenbly in Punjab, as per Dawn​The decision was made after an advisory meeting in Islamabad. The party has also decided to hold meetings with PML-Q to form government in the province. PML-N has bagged the most number of seats till now at 127, followed by PTI at 118 seats. 27 Independents won the election in the province and PML-Q bagged seven seats, as per the latest results from the ECP. 

  • 12:52 (IST)

    PTI bags 66 seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, says ECP

    For the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, the ECP has declared results of 96 out of 98 seats. PTI has managed to gain a majority by securing 66 seats. The MMA has won 10 seats while the PML-N and ANP won five seats each. However, the PPP won just four seats. Five Independents have also been elected to the provincial Assembly.

  • 12:41 (IST)

    PPP bags 71 seats in Sindh Assembly so far

    In Sindh, results have officially been announced for 118 out of 129 seats. PPP has emerged as the largest party so far with 71 seats, followed by PTI at 20. 

    Results of other parties are: MQM-P- 12; GDA - 11; Independent - 1; Tabdeeli Pasand Party Pakistan - 1; MMA - 1; Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan - 1.

    The recently-formed Pak Sarzameen Party, which comprised MQM-P defectors led by former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal, failed to win a single seat in the provincial assembly, reported Geo TV

  • 12:29 (IST)

    PML-N bags 127 seats in Punjab Assembly so far

    So far, the ECP has announced results in 289 out of the 295 seats in the Punjab Assembly. PML-N has bagged the most number of seats till now at 127, followed by PTI at 118 seats. The other parties that won are: Independents - 27; PML-Q - 7 seats; PPP - 6 seats; PML-Functional - 1 seat; BAP - 1 seat; Pakistan Awami Raj - 1.

  • 12:18 (IST)

    National Assembly seats where results are yet to be announced

    According to Geo TVthe NA seats where the official results are yet to be declared are: 

    NA-32 (Kohat), NA-37 (Tank), NA-48 (North Waziristan), NA-56 (Attock 2), NA-115 (Jhang 2), NA-125 (Lahore 3), NA-126 (Lahore 4), NA-237 (Malir 2), NA-243 (Karachi East 2), NA-248 (Karachi West 1), NA-251 (Karachi West 4), NA-253 (Karachi Central 1), NA-254 (Karachi Central 2), NA-256 (Karachi Central 4), NA-258 (Loralai/Musakhel/Ziarat/Dukki/Harnai), NA-259 (Dera Bugti/Kohlu/Barkhan/Sibi/Lehri), NA-260(Nasirabad/Kachhi/Jhal Magsi ), NA-267 (Mastung/Kalat/Shaheed Sikandarabad), NA-269 (Khuzdar), NA-270 (Panjgur/Washuk/Awaran) and NA-271 (Kech).

  • 12:11 (IST)

    Break-up of parties in the National Assembly so far

    PTI - 110 seats; PML-N - 63 seats; PPP - 42 seats; Independents - 12; ​Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) - 10; Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid - 5; ​Balochistan National Party (BNP) - 2; Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) - 2; Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) 2; Awami Muslim League 1; Awami National Party (ANP) - 1; Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaniyat - 1. 

  • 12:00 (IST)

    PPP workers protest, decry Bilawal's defeat in Karachi

    The Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) workers staged a protest in Karachi on Thursday night after their chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, was defeated in NA-246 (Karachi South I), as per unofficial results, reported Geo TV. The supporters claimed that the "mandate was stolen" from them as the constituency includes the Lyari neighbourhood, a PPP stronghold traditionally. 

  • 11:53 (IST)

    PML-N's Khwaja Saad Rafique challenges Imran Khan's win in NA-131 Lahore

    According to Dawn, PML-N's Khwaja Saad Rafique has challenged Imran Khan's NA-131 (Lahore) win in a petition submitted to Returning Officer Muhammad Akhtar Bhango. The former minister has alleged that the presiding officer deliberately rejected several votes in the constituency. ""The votes should be counted again. The results should not be issued until recounting of the rejected votes is complete" Dawn quoted Rafique as saying. 

  • 11:39 (IST)

    Big blow for religious politics

    Out of 356 aspirants from religious and banned outfits, not one could make his/her way to Parliament. This includes Hafiz Saeed's sons and the candidates the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek leader had fielded, all of whom suffered defeats.

  • 11:27 (IST)

    95 percent of seats counted; PTI leading in 110 seats

    The Election Commission of Pakistan has released results for 95 percent of seats — ie: 251 out of 272 seats — and the PTI is leading in 110 of them. Even if it manages to win all 19 of the seats where counting is currently in progress, it may not be able to form government on its own.

  • 11:20 (IST)

    Was Imran Khan as captain different from Imran Khan as prime minister?

    Khan sincerely believed that he could rewrite the rules to suit the moment. He had scant regard for tournament rules, opponents, television channels, his own board, or anyone else for that matter. He ran the Pakistan team like a megalomaniac, caring two hoots for the selectors and dropping any player he thought would not fit into his scheme of things. He chose players at his whims and fancy. His word was law.

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  • 10:57 (IST)

    Pakistan elections 'stolen' and results 'tainted', says Nawaz Sharif

    In his first reaction over the general election results, Pakistan's jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has alleged that the polls had been "stolen" and warned that the "tainted and dubious” results would cast a "bad impact" on the country's politics.
     
    Talking to visitors in Adiala jail on Thursday, the incarcerated leader of the PML-N, expressed his reservations over the election results in Faisalabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi, the Dawn reported. A number of party leaders, who visited the jail, quoted Sharif as saying that the Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf had been “made victorious” in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa despite its previous government's bad performance in the province. - PTI

  • 10:48 (IST)

    PML-N decides against boycotting parliament

    PML-N has decided, reported Dawn, that instead of boycotting Parliament on the issue of poll rigging, it will play an "aggressive" role while sitting in the Opposition benches in the National Assembly. 

  • 10:44 (IST)

    'New phase of Pakistan has come up': Pervez Musharraf

    "This elections has thrown out the religious extremists such as MMA. Imran Khan is not a religious extremist. MMA and other such parties have been almost eliminated. PTI members are against religious extremism. A new phase for Pakistan has come up. Imran Khan has the sincerity and the will to serve the people," former president Pervez Musharraf said in an interview to India Today TV. 

  • 10:39 (IST)

    PTI emerges as largest party with 119 seats, says ECP

    Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the largest party in the National Assembly with 119 seats, India Today reported quoting official poll results. The majority mark is 137 seats in the National Assembly. 

  • 10:26 (IST)

    Mohsin Dawar wins NA-48 Tribal Area-IX

    PTM leader Mohsin Dawar, who was contesting as an independent after the movement decided to stay away from electoral politics, has won from NA-48 Tribal Area-IX ( North Waziristan). He shared an image of his Form 47 and said that he received 16,496 votes against 15,352 votes of the MMA candidate.

  • 10:20 (IST)

    Senate Committee member Rehman Malik writes to ECP, seeks reasons for poll results delay (2/2)

  • 10:17 (IST)

    Senate Committee member Rehman Malik writes to ECP, seeks reasons for poll results delay (1/2)

    Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Rehman Malik has written asking for answers on the from ECP over reasons for delay in election results.

  • 09:40 (IST)

    PTI wins 110 NA seats, PML-N 63 seats, PPP 42 seats, show official results

    As per the latest update from ECP, around 94.89 percent results of National and Provincial assemblies have been declared. PTI has won 110 seats in the National Assembly; PML-N 63 seats and PPP 42 seats. 

    Results are still awaited from 43 national and provincial constituencies: NA (19 seats), Punjab (6 seats), Sindh (11 seats), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (2 seats) and Balochistan (5 seats).

  • 00:10 (IST)

    PML-N calls all party conference tomorrow as party leader terms delay in results 'a beautiful coincidence'

    In a series of tweets, quoting PML-N leader Maryam Aurangzeb, the party said, "The mandate for PML-N was stolen. The political parties have gathered the evidence of election rigging together, and have raised objections that the results of the election were delayed."

    She said that an All Parties Conference will be held in Islamabad where the parties will discuss the rigging of the election. "All the parties have reservations over releasing the result on handwritten slips and not via Form 45.  This is a violation of the Election Code of Conduct," she added.

    The PML-N leader questioned the delay in the results and claimed that Rawalpindi, Multan, Faisalabad and Lahore were targetted especially. "Why were the polling agents forced to leave the polling booths?" she asked, adding, "They (establishment) did everything to get their favourite elected. It was a beautiful co-incidence that the RTS crashed. The election commission had no idea that there will be so much pressure on it, that there will be so much on the technology (RTS) that it will crash.

    She aslo said that the RTS crashing was quite a beautiful co-incidence. It shows that the election commission had no idea that there will be so much pressure on it, that there will be so much on the technology (RTS) that it will crash.

  • 22:45 (IST)

    Supporters pour in at Imran Khan's Islamabad residence 

    Soon after Imran Khan's victory speech, his Bani Gala residence in Islamabad was filled with a huge crowd to celebrate the victory. The road, which leads to his place, was closed and police officials were standing alert while his supporters, were eagerly waiting. The barbed wires were a bulwark between Khan and his followers. "We can allow no one, even journalists, to go there because there is already an unmanageable crowd. The road is one way, so we have orders to stop people here," said a security guard.

    Khan’s followers have come from across the country to congratulate him. Naseeb Ullah who came from Khyber Pakhtunkhva, said, "I am here to felicitate Khan and the Pakistani nation. This, definitely, is not just Khan's win but today the entire nation has triumphed.”

    Due to the overwhelming crowd, the people who were already at the residence faced problems in going back. Babar Awan, a senior leader of PTI, was seen crossing the wires on a motorbike. Noman Ahmed, a security guard, who travelled hundreds of kilometres to come to Islamabad just to get a glimpse of Khan said, "I am waiting to just cross these barbed wires that are separating me from my leader. It’s the happiest day of my life and I knew that my leader would be the next PM. He is our only hope."

  • 21:48 (IST)

    Indian journalists denied visa to cover Pakistan election 

    Several prominent Indian journalists have taken to Twitter to point out that Indian scribes were not granted visa this time ahead of the election, practically blocking first-hand coverage of the polling process from India. 

  • 21:10 (IST)

    Latest Trends: Official figures put PTI at top spot with 67 seats, PML-N at no. 2 with 33 seats 

  • 21:04 (IST)

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  • 21:03 (IST)

    Bilawal still hasn't received results from Lyari, Larkana, says Sherry Rehman

    PPP leader and senator, Sherry Rehman said that PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto is yet to receive the formal results from his Lyari and Larkana constituencies. The claim came amid poll panel's claims that the elections were free and fair. 

  • 20:50 (IST)

    Watch: Imran Khan's take on foreign policy regarding China, India and US

  • 20:41 (IST)

    Former Maldives President congratulates Imran Khan

Pakistan Election Results 2018 latest updates: A European Union monitoring team said that the campaign for Pakistan’s general election this week featured a “lack of equality” that meant it was not a level playing field for all parties.

Losing Lyari seat was perhaps one of the most humiliating defeats for the PPP. Bilawal Bhutto, whose family has a long association with the Lyari seat and even regarded it as a second home, only manage to get to third place in the electoral race. Besides, Bilawal managed to win from the PPP's fort of Larkana but lost to the PTI in Malakand.

According to the official election commission data, the voter turnout for the National Assembly polls was 51.85 percent as compared to the 53 percent recorded in 2013 elections. In provincial polls, Balochistan saw the lowest turnout at 44.79 percent while Punjab had the highest turnout at 55.09 percent.

PTI has denied rumours that it was in touch with Bilawal Bhutto-led PPP to get the required numbers to form a government at the Centre. The party tweeted out PTI leader Fawad Chaudhary's rebuttal to such rumours.

The ECP has corrected the results of NA-190 (DG Khan II), declaring Independent candidate Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa as the winner, reported Dawn. Previously, PTI candidate Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa was declared as the winner with a thin margin. As per the new Form 47, the "clerical error" occurred due to entering the wrong number of votes in the Results Management System.

According to local Pakistan media, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has released provisional results of 251 out of 270 National Assembly (NA) seats which were polled on 25 July. According to the results, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is leading the NA tally with 110 NA seats. Trailing is the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with 63 and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with 42 seats.

There are a total of 12 independents in the NA so far as well.

PML-N leader and Shehbaz Sharif's son, Hamza said that the party will form government in Punjab province despite allegations of poll rigging. In a press conference on Friday, he said, "The democratic process should continue. The answer to a weak democracy is another democracy."

PTI chairman Imran Khan has reportedly tasked his confidant Jahangir Tareen with recruiting Independent Members of the Provincial Assembly in Punjab. The decision was made after an advisory meeting in Islamabad.

The Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) workers staged a protest in Karachi on Thursday night after their chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, was defeated in NA-246 (Karachi South I), a PPP stronghold, as per unofficial results, reported Geo TV.

According to Dawn, PML-N's Khwaja Saad Rafique has challenged Imran Khan's NA-131 (Lahore) win in a petition submitted to Returning Officer Muhammad Akhtar Bhango. The former minister has alleged that the presiding officer deliberately rejected several votes in the constituency.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has released results for 95 percent of seats — ie: 251 out of 272 seats — and the PTI is leading in 110 of them. Even if it manages to win all 19 of the seats where counting is currently in progress, it may not be able to form government on its own.

As per the latest update from Election Commission of Pakistan on Friday, around 94.89 percent results of National and Provincial assemblies have been declared. PTI has won 110 seats in the National Assembly; PML-N 63 seats and PPP 42 seats.

Pakistan's election commission has said that the official results can be expected to come out in the next three to four hours. The poll panel rejected all claims of rigging but acknowledged that it received over 670 complaints during the polling process.

Poll panel has said that the turn out for these polls was impressive, even though it said that the exact numbers will be revealed tomorrow. The poll panel's statement comes at a time when all major political parties (except winning PTI) had claimed that voters were prevented from casting vote due to slow polling process, and panel's failure to extend the deadline.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

Nawaz Sharif has rejected the election results and said that the mandate was snatched from his party, Geo News reported. The former Pakistan prime minister made the remarks during a meeting with party leaders at Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

Nawaz further said that he firmly adheres to his 'respect for vote' stance, adding that he is standing for the restoration of civil supremacy.

Imran Khan said that he is ready for an investigation into the rigging allegations being levelled by major political parties in Pakistan. "I will ensure that all and every concern of the Opposition is addressed. We will acknowledge all concerns, unlike previous governments. These are the cleanest, most transparent elections in the history of Pakistan," Khan said.

Imran Khan said that he has seen that the ties between India and Pakistan have not progressed because the two countries have always indulged in blame game which further stagnated the bilateral relations. "If India takes a step towards us, we are ready to reciprocate by walking two steps. But the step should at least come from them. Right now it is one sided where India is constantly just blaming us. ," Khan added.

Prime minister-elect Imran Khan said that the new Pakistan under the leadership of PTI will focus on policy, governance, transparency and foreign policies. Imran slammed the Indian media when he started speaking about its eastern neighbour and said that the media portrayed him as a "Bollywood villain" when the two nations should focus on furthering better ties with each other. Imran said the blame-game between India and Pakistan must stop. "Kashmiris have suffered significantly. India and Pakistan must take steps to improve trade relations and the situation in Kashmir."

Imran mentioned China and said that there are lessons to be learnt from Beijing too. "We will strengthen and improve our relations with China. We want to work towards success of CPEC. We also want to send teams to learn poverty alleviation from China. How to lift our most poor who can’t even eat two meals a day." Lauding China's zero tolerance policy for corruption, Imran said, "The second thing we can learn from China is how they curbed corruption and set the example that corruption does not pay."

"We will not let political victimisation of anyone happen. No one will be above the law; this is our aim. And for these checks and balances, we need strong institutions. I don’t think any leader has seen as many personal attacks as I have seen in the past 3 years. I have forgotten it all and it’s behind me. This is bigger than Imran Khan. This is about the country. We want to set an example that the law will be supreme. The west is ahead of us purely because of these principles and this must become our guiding principle."

Khan said that in the past decade, he saw the rise and fall of Pakistan. He condemned the violence in elections, especially in Balochistan as he praised the people for coming out in large numbers to vote despite the intimidation. "I came into politics 22 years ago because I believe that the potential of our country was not being realised. The Pakistan that I saw growing up deteriorated in front of my very eyes."

Trends show that chiefs of six mainstream political parties, including PPP's Bilawal Bhutto and MMA president Maulana Fazlur Rehman, are set to lose elections in the PTI stronghold, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. This was the first time in history of Pakistan that KPK is poised to re-elected a party in the provincial Assembly.

PTI chief Imran Khan is the first ever Pakistani politician to have contested five seats and win all of them. Prior to Khan, only Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto contested from four constituencies at the same time, of which he won three and lost out on one seat to Mufti Mehmood.

Former Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was contesting from Murree and Islamabad, has lost both seats to PTI candidates. Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Islam chief and prime minister in-waiting Imran Khan is expected to deliver his victory speech at 4 pm PST from Islamabad's Bani Gala area.

Former Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (1,24,703 votes) has lost to PTI's Saddiqui Ali Abbasi (1,36,249 votes) on his home turf NA-57 (Rawalpindi I).

Quoting party sources, Dawn reported that Hamza Shehbaz Sharif and Saad Rafique have been tasked with recruitment of Independent winners to ensure PML-N is able to form government in Punjab.

According to latest unofficial election trends, ARY News reported that PTI is currently leading in 115 seats, a drop from the earlier 120. PML-N, on the other hand, is now ahead in 64 seats, and PPP in 38 seats.

According to The Guardian, Pakistan will have to wait until Thursday evening for official results to be announced, ECP officials have said. It is 24 hours after polls closed on Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, the Pakistan stock market showed a bullish trend, a day after the country voted for the second consecutive democratic government, as early unofficial election results tipped PTI to win most seats.

PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif's son, Muhammad Hamza Shehbaz Sharif has bagged NA-124 (Lahore II) with 1,46,294 votes, defeating PTI's Muhammad Nauman Qaiser, who secured 80,981 votes unofficial results show. As per latest unofficial trends, PTI leading in 119 seats, PMLN in 61 seats and PPP is ahead in 40 seats.

According to Dawn, PML-N's Muhammed Riaz won NA-123 (Lahore-I) with 97,193 votes, defeating PTI which secured 72,535 votes. Meanwhile, the Awami National Party general secretary, Iftikhar Hussain rejected the election results.

The biggest setback for former Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is losing both seats from his home constituency NA-57 (Rawalpindi-I) and NA-53 (Islamabad II).

In Islamabad, PTI bagged all seats, where in NA-54 (Islamabad-III), Asad Umer defeated Anjum Aqeel Khan, while in NA-53 (Islamabad II) Imran Khan defeated former Abbasi. Similarly, in NA-52 (Islamabad-I), PML-N candidate Tariq Fazal Chaudhary lost to PTI's Raja Khurram, Chaudhary was regularly elected to National Assembly since 2008.

Following technical glitches in the Result Transmission System which led to delay in announcement of results, an ECP source said that system has not yet recovered, and it will take about three to four hours more to get all the results.

Imran Khan's spokesperson Naeemul Haque said that the PTI chief will “address” Pakistan on Thursday at 2 pm PST, reported Dawn, “in celebration and recognition of the massive support received from the people of Pakistan in the 2018 elections which was a contest between the forces of good and evil”.

PTI chief Imran Khan has bagged NA-95 (Mianwali) with 1,27,530 votes, reported ARY News, as per unofficial results. He defeated PML-N's Abdullah Khan who received 49,532 votes.

Amid allegations of wrongdoing and rigging in the Pakistan elections, PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif said the party rejected the election results. "We will use all political and legal options for redressal of these glaring excesses. This is an outright rigging and the results based on massive rigging will cause irreparable damage to the country," he said in a tweet.

As per unofficial trends, according to Dawn, Imran Khan's PTI is leading in 112 seats in Pakistan, while PML-N is second with 65 seats. Bilawal Bhutto's PPP is trailing at third place with 43 seats.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday rejected allegations of any wrongdoing in the general election after several political parties raised objections over the process and said they feared rigging.

The ECP said the election results were being collected and the first official result will be announced soon.

ECP secretary Babar Yaqoob said Result Transmission Service failed after results of 25,000 out of 85,000 polling stations were uploaded.

Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party celebrate in Karachi. Reuters

Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party celebrate in Karachi. Reuters

He rejected any wrongdoing in the election and said "the issue of fraud can be discussed after ECP announces the results". The Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has claimed victory despite serious questions being raised over the authenticity of the election process.

Sensing victory, PTI supporters erupted in jubilation as trends showed the party was leading on 111 seats. According to latest trends available, PTI was followed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of jailed leader Nawaz Sharif. PML-N was leading on 68 National Assembly seats.

Hundreds of PTI supporters came out on streets in several cities, dancing and celebrating. "We have got our Naya Pakistan," said Shahid Ali, one of the supporters, as he danced euphorically near the busy Faizabad interchange, which links Islamabad with the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

The Press Trust of India correspondent was caught for several hours in traffic when returning from the election coverage as highly-charged PTI workers raised victory slogans.

Reports said similar celebrations were being organised in other cities as well. The victory and joy in the PTI camp appeared premature as the incumbent PML-N and Bilawal Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) rejected the results. "Our polling agents were not given results and we will not accept it," said Khurshid Shah of PPP.

PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif alleged that the election process was "blatantly" rigged. He warned of protests. Analysts predicted tumultuous weeks ahead for Pakistan as a strong opposition to the election results was building up.

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PML-N was leading on 67 seats and PPP on 39. "They will make a lethal combination if they joined hands against Imran Khan," analyst Sohail Warriach said.

A party can form the government if it manages to clinch 172 seats out of the total 342. A single party will need at least 137 of the 272 directly-elected seats to be able to form the government on its own.


Updated Date: Jul 27, 2018 22:16 PM

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