Imran Khan’s party leads in Pakistan by-elections

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Party Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) led by former prime minister Imran Khanlead in the key by-election on Sunday, that will test the popularity of major political parties in the country ahead of next year’s general election.
Khan, who is contesting seven parliamentary seats, won from Peshawar and is leading in five other seats. His party also won a Provincial Assembly seat.
However, the Pakistani Tehreek-i-Insaf party lost a key Parliament seat in Multan, where Ali Musa Gilani, son of former prime minister Yusuf Raza, defeated Mehr Bano Qureshi, daughter of former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi .
The ruler of the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League also won a provincial Parliament seat but is trailing PTI in other seats, according to unofficial results.
A total of 11 seats were won, including 8 National Assembly seats and 3 Provincial National Assembly seats.
Pakistan Election Commission data showed that a total of 101 candidates from different political parties and independent parties took part in the vote, including 52 in Punjab, 33 in Sindh and 16. in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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.
At first, voters came out slowly, apparently due to Sunday. However, the voting process started faster in the afternoon.
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.
Main competition between Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz and PTI. The results of the vote are expected to capture the general public’s mood ahead of next year’s general election.
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 seats of the Punjab parliament in July when by-elections were held.


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