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Pakistan Elections Results 2018: Imran khan’s party PTI emerges as single largest party

Jul 30, 2018 12:57 IST
Pakistan Elections 2018: Imran khan’s PTI emerges as single largest party

According to the Pakistan Elections results 2018 announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan on July 29, 2018, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the Pakistan Elections 2018. The PTI has bagged a total of 116 seats.

While, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) bagged 64 seats and former President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) got 43 seats.

Though PTI has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly, the party is still short of numbers to form the government on its own. Now, all eyes are on the PTI to reach out to smaller parties and independents to form the next government.

Note

Pakistan's lower house of Parliament comprises a total of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected.

A party can only form the government in Pakistan, if it manages to secure 172 seats in total.

Now, it is quite clear that the PTI will have to form a coalition government in the country.

Pakistan Elections Results 2018: Party-wise

Party

Seats

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)

 116

Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N)

 64

Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarians (PPP)

 43

Independents (IND)

 13

Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal Pakistan (MMA-P)

 13

Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P)

 6

Pakistan Muslim League

 4

Balochistan Awami Party (BAP)

 4

Balochistan National Party (BNP)

 2

Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA)

 2

Awami Muslim League Pakistan

 1

Awami National Party (ANP)

 1

Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP)

 1

Pakistan Elections Results 2018: Province-wise

Province

Total Seats

PML-N

PTI

IND

PML-Q

PPP

BAP, PML-F, PAR

Punjab

295

129

123

29

7

6

1 each

Province

Total Seats

PPP

PTI

MQM-P

GDA

TLP, IND MMA

Sindh

129

76

23

16

11

2 each 1

Province

Total Seats

PTI

MMA

ANP

IND

PML-N

PPP

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

96

65

10

6

6

5

4

Province

Total Seats

BAP

MMA

BNP

PTI

BNP-A

ANP

HDP

PMAP, PML-N, JWP

IND

Balochistan

50

15

9

6

4

3

3

2

1 each

5

Why was there a delay in announcement of election results?

One of the top Pakistan’s election official informed that there was no conspiracy behind the delay in announcing official results. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the delay in announcing the official results was due to a technical issue with the Results Transmission System (RTS).

A vote stained by allegations of fraud and militant violence

In 71-year history of Pakistan, the Pakistan Elections 2018, that were held on July 25, 2018, marked the second time that one civilian government has handed power to another in the country of 200 million people. There was, however, widespread concern during the campaign about manipulation by the military.

Former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan had declared his victory, before the declaration of official results, just on the basis of projections made by television stations, following a vote that was stained by allegations of fraud and militant violence.

With just half the vote counted, Khan’s leading rival, Shahbaz Sharif, who heads the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), rejected the vote and said that Khan took military support during the campaign. The PML-N is a party of the jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Leaders of all six major parties alleged that their polling agents were evicted from ballot-booths by security officials in breach of electoral rules.

Even, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) had raised questions over the voting process and said that it received complaints that in many areas women were not allowed to vote.

Other leading political parties

  • Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz , headed by Shahbaz Sharif, claimed the second place.
  • Pakistan Peoples party (PPP), led by Bilawal Bhutto, the son of assassinated two-time Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, took the third place.

Khan maintains his stand

However, Khan maintained his stand while denying allegations made by PML-N and claimed that “this election has been the fairest in Pakistan’s history.”

He promised to create a ‘new Pakistan’ for everyone and to improve Pakistan’s governance, widen the tax base and shun the VIP lifestyle of previous rulers. He even announced to transform Prime Minister’s house into an “educational institution”.

The army also dismissed the allegations of meddling. This year, Pakistan’s army deployed 371000 soldiers at polling stations across the country, nearly five times more than the last elections in 2013.

Blast in Quetta

Campaigning in Pakistan was even marred by violence. On the voting day itself, a bomb killed many people at a polling station in western city of Quetta. At least 29 people, including two policemen, died and more than 40 wounded.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack at its Amaq website.

Positive reactions by various personalities

 

Reactions against the vote

 

Khan’s views on relations with India

On July 26, 2018, after declaring victory, Khan lamented that Indian media had portrayed him as a “Bollywood villain” ahead of the vote.

However, he didn’t fail to mention that he looks forward for stronger trade ties with India and added that leaders of both countries should come forward and talk to resolve the Kashmir dispute. He even stressed on the need to have a dialogue with India to settle the issues.

Who is Imran Khan?

Khan was born and raised in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, Punjab.

He was schooled at Lahore's Aitchison College and graduated from Oxford University in 1975 with a Bachelor's degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

Khan had an illustrious career in international cricket spanning two decades from the 1970s.

An international cricket star, Khan led Pakistan to a World Cup victory in 1992.

Immediately after winning the World Cup, he retired from cricket and devoted his time to philanthropy and social work and launched Pakistan's first specialised cancer centre ‘Shaukat Khanum’.

Khan first entered politics in 1996 by launching his own political party named Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), but struggled for years on the political sidelines.

His party garnered a provincial victory at the 2013 general elections and governed the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province for five years.

Apart from holding onto his image as a cricket star and a politician, Khan also authored various pieces including ‘Pakistan: A Personal History’.

 

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