Imran Khan emerges as main beneficiary in Pakistan’s byelection

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party led by former prime minister Imran Khan on Monday emerged as the main beneficiary in key votes held in 11 constituencies of Pakistan’s national and provincial assemblies.
Prime Minister’s Main Contest Shehbaz Sharifof Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) and Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The results of the vote are expected to capture the general public’s mood ahead of next year’s general election.
Eight seats of parliament (NA) and three seats of Punjab provincial parliament were left vacant after PTI legislators resigned after Khan’s government was ousted in April.
A total of 101 candidates from different political parties and independent parties took part in the vote: 52 in Punjab, 33 in Sindh and 16 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Khan himself ran for seven seats in the National Assembly and won six while he was defeated by a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate for a seat in Karachi. His party lost another seat in Multan where PTI supported Mehr Bano Qureshi.
Mehr is the daughter of former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and has been Ali Musa Gilani, son of former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. Gilani has been vying for the ticket of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the party that emerged as the second main beneficiary in Sunday’s polls.
The Multan competition was in the spotlight as it featured influential Gilani and Qureshi families in the city fighting for a key seat.
In addition to winning six seats in Parliament, PTI also won two Punjab council seats to further cement the position of supported prime minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi.
PTI Secretary-General Asad Umar said that the outcome of the election was “another opportunity for decision-makers to realize their mistake and move Pakistan towards a new election.”
The ruling Pakistani Muslim League Nawaz has only one provincial council seat to be the main loser of the day, seen by many as a test of partisans ahead of next year’s general election.
Obviously, PML-N led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is paying the price by failing to control raging inflation, but PTI also suffers when it loses 3 seats out of 11 seats that lawmakers have won. empty.
It is suggested that the reversal of PTI’s fortunes will be even more drastic Khan not selected to compete on seven seats. It faces not only the threat of a resurgence of PML-N in Punjab but also the threat of a resurgent PPP in Karachi.
The Awami National Party (ANP) controlled by Bacha Khan’s descendants also performed better in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and reduced Khan’s victory rate. The province is controlled by PTI, and the ANP’s resurgence could pose a threat to Khan in general elections.
Khan will use his victory to pressure early elections, which have been his main need since his dismissal, but he may not be able to get the polls fast because The coalition government remains strong enough to resist the pressure.
Approximately 4.472 million voters are registered in these constituencies. In Punjab, 1,434 polling stations were established, 979 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 340 in Sindh.
There were sporadic incidents of violence in many places, but overall the voting process was smooth and peaceful.
Strict security measures have been taken by the authorities to maintain the peace and in addition to the police and paramilitary Rangers and Border Corps, regular troops have also been deployed at sensitive polling stations. cold.
Since being removed from office via a vote of no confidence, Khan has campaigned for snap polls and regularly held rallies. It helped him win 15 of the 20 Punjab council seats in July when the votes were held.


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