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Imran Khan-backed independents win majority of seats in Pakistani polls, Shehbaz meets Bilawal for govt formation | Main points – News18


The political landscape in Pakistan took a surprising turn on Sunday after independent candidates backed by jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan won the largest number of seats in parliament.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, independent candidates won 102 seats, while Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Party (PMLN) came second with 73 seats, and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won 54. seats.

However, according to the latest developments, the PMLN is in contact with the PPP leaders for the formation of the government.

Election results were announced more than three days after polls closed in Thursday’s highly controversial election, marked by violence and subject to accusations of electoral manipulation.

Several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union, condemned the electoral process and asked authorities to investigate reported irregularities in Pakistan’s general elections.

As elections conclude in Pakistan amid global intervention, here’s what’s happened so far:

  • PPP Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PMLN Chief Shehbaz Sharif discussed the formation of the government at Bhutto’s residence, PPP official X said in a post.
  • Independent candidates affiliated with former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won the most seats in parliament, according to election results announced Sunday.
  • The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Party (PMLN), led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, won 73 seats.
  • The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Sunday ordered the recounting of votes in the Balochistan provincial constituency, PB-21.
  • In Islamabad, Pakistan, section 144 was imposed, allowing police to take legal action against any illegal gathering or activity.
  • Imran’s close aide and media advisor Zulfi Bukhari told Reuters that the party will soon announce the banner that independents will be asked to join.
  • Earlier, PML-N and PPP agreed to form a coalition government as both parties failed to achieve a majority.
  • Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) is “ready” to join the government process and a formal discussion on the matter will be held with PML-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, sources said to Geo TV.
  • Pakistan’s army chief said on Sunday: “The political leadership and its workers must rise above self-interest and create synergies in efforts to govern and serve the people.”
  • Former prime ministers and bitter rivals Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan declared victory before the results and delivered victory speeches.
  • Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari was reportedly summoned by party co-chairman Asif Zardari from Islamabad to Lahore on Sunday.
  • PPP central information secretary Faisal Karim Kundi said party president Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari should opt to sit in the opposition if he does not get the prime minister’s post.
  • PTI-backed candidate Waseem Qadir, who won from Lahore’s NA-121 constituency, joined the PML-N on Sunday.
  • PTI leader Hammad Azhar said all protests on Sunday have been postponed and only peaceful protests will be held in front of the Returning Officers (RO) offices, where the results were changed.
  • Estranged PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz and Qaumi Awami Tehreek (QAT) leader Ayaz Latif Palijo refused to accept the results over alleged fraud.
  • Aimal Wali Khan of the Awami National Party (ANP) on Sunday rejected the results of the general elections and called the national elections “the worst elections in the history of Pakistan”.
  • Police have warned that legal action will be taken against illegal gatherings and people protesting against alleged fraud in Thursday’s election.
  • The PTI reportedly asked its lawyer Umair Khan Niazi to contact party-backed candidates for government at the federal level.
  • Meanwhile, PTI’s Meher Bano Qureshi said independents will not and cannot transfer their allegiance to any other party.
  • PTI workers protesting outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) office in Karachi concluded the demonstration against the election results.
  • The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) censured the election commission for alleged irregularities and termed the “issuance of Form 47 twice as an illegal act”.
  • Elections in Pakistan were marred by militant attacks and incidents of violence on election day.
  • The violence caused the suspension of mobile phone and Internet services in the country.
  • Reports suggested that journalists faced difficulties in gathering information as there have been restrictions on movement and expression.
  • Several countries called the authorities expressing their concern about the restrictions on the exercise of freedom of expression in the country.
  • Security analyst Muhammad Amir Rana says the performance of religious parties in this election has been one of the worst compared to their previous campaigns.

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    first published: February 11, 2024, 18:40 IST

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