Leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) began discussing the terms of alliance with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan to formulate a government formation formula. If a coalition is agreed upon, the PML-N will take the post of Prime Minister, and the posts of President and National Assembly Speaker will be set aside for its allies. Results began to be released about 12 hours after voting ended for the national and provincial assemblies. The electoral process was marred by incidents of violence by armed groups and Pakistan faced significant backlash over the controversial suspension of mobile phone services, leading to allegations of “political engineering”.
Analysts suggest that the army is favoring three-time former PM Nawaz Sharif instead of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to take power. However, Khan loyalists, contesting the elections as independents, dashed expectations by winning the highest number of seats. Khan’s party leaders called it a victory for democracy, indicating people’s demand for change.
Pakistan election updates
Final official results indicated that independent candidates supported by PTI won 97 seats, while Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) emerged victorious in 76 constituencies. Additionally, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) won 54 seats, and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) won 17 seats.
According to a report in Dawn, Imran Khan’s PTI alleges that the results of at least 18 National Assembly seats were “wrongly changed” by election officials.
On Sunday, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and PPP Chairman Asif Ali Zardari called a meeting with PML-N Chairman Shehbaz Sharif. Both parties have agreed to temporarily “prevent political instability in the country”.
The PML-N on Sunday received the endorsement of an early independent candidate backed by Imran Khan’s party, boosting its parliamentary influence. Wasim Qadir, who was earlier supported by PTI and emerged victorious over PML-N’s Sheikh Rohail Asghar in National Assembly-121 constituency of Lahore, after a discussion with party leader Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz at her residence. Became associated with.