Last Updated: February 11, 2024, 18:53 IST
A portrait of the Imran Khan is seen amid flags of PTI and the religious and political party JI as supporters attend a joint protest demanding free and fair results of the elections in Karachi, February 10. (Reuters)
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, independent candidates won 102 seats while Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Party (PMLN) came in second with 73 seats, and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won 54 seats
The political landscape in Pakistan took a shocking turn on Sunday after jailed ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan-backed independent candidates secured the most 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 in second with 73 seats, and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won 54 seats.
The election results were announced more than three days after the polls were closed in Thursday’s highly contentious election which was marred by violence and subject to allegations of poll rigging.
Several countries, including the United States, the UK and the European Union, condemned the electoral process and called for authorities to investigate reported irregularities in Pakistan’s general elections.
As Pakistan Elections Concludes amid World Intervention, Here’s What Happened so far:
- Independent candidates affiliated with former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party secured the most seats in parliament, as per election results announced on Sunday.
- The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Party (PMLN), headed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, secured 73 seats.
- Section 144 has been imposed in Pakistan’s Islamabad, allowing police to take legal action against any illegal assemblies and activities.
- Imran’s close aide and media advisor, Zulfi Bukhari, told Reuters that the party will soon announce the party banner that independents will be asked to join.
- Earlier, PML-N and PPP agreed to form a coalition government as both parties failed to reach the majority remark.
- Pakistan’s army chief on Sunday said, “Political leadership and their workers should rise above self-interests and synergise efforts in governing and serving the people.”
- Former prime ministers and bitter rivals Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan both declared the win ahead of the results and both delivered victory speeches.
- PTI leader Hammad Azhar said all protests on Sunday were postponed and that only peaceful protests will be held outside the offices of the Returning Officers (ROs) where the results were changed.
- PTI reportedly asked its lawyer Umair Khan Niazi to get in touch with party-backed candidates for government at the federal level.
- The Pakistan elections were marred by militant attacks and incidents of violence on election day.
- The violence led to the suspension of mobile phone and internet services in the country.
- Reports suggested that media persons faced a hard time gathering information as there have been restrictions on movement and speech.
- Several countries called out the authorities stating concerns about the curbs on the exercise of freedom of expression in the country.