Imran Khan’s supporters contested the elections as independents and performed brilliantly. PTI had earlier claimed that its party was leading on 154 seats and the biggest contender for the post of Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, was losing the elections from both Mansehra and Lahore seats. But suddenly the tables turned.
After the general elections held on February 8 in Pakistan, results have been coming since morning. Shocking trends are emerging in this election. First the news came that candidates supported by Imran Khan had won at many places. But after that the whole equation seemed to change. In such a situation, the question is who will become the Prime Minister of Pakistan this time. PMLN’s Nawaz Sharif’s hopes of staying in London for a long time will be shocked. Nawaz has already said that if a government of manipulation is formed, he would not want to become the Prime Minister. In such a situation, can the fate of his brother and former Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif be revealed? Amidst all kinds of ifs and buts, Imran Khan, who is in jail, has been seen emerging as a strong factor in Pakistan’s elections. Bilawal Bhutto, who was made Prime Ministerial candidate by PPP, is running out of the race.
Imran Khan’s supporters contested the elections as independents and performed brilliantly. PTI had earlier claimed that its party was leading on 154 seats and the biggest contender for the post of Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, was losing the elections from both Mansehra and Lahore seats. But suddenly the tables turned and he won the Lahore National Assembly seat by a huge margin. Many such videos are also going viral on social media in which rigging in polling stations is being alleged. Many PTI-backed candidates say that the returning officers forcefully sent them out of their election booths without giving any proper reason and without giving any result.
Zoha Wasim, an expert on Pakistani affairs and assistant professor in Britain, has said that such a long delay in the announcement of election results in Pakistan is raising serious questions about rigging. Speaking to Al Jazeera, he said that for the last few weeks there were indications that Nawaz Sharif was moving towards power. But he faced a strong challenge from the candidates supported by Imran. Pakistani journalist Nemat Khan has shared a video on her Qadir is seen throwing the box filled with ballot papers on the ground in the presence of police and election officials.
He is Qadir Khan Mandokhail, the Pakistan People’s Party’s candidate for the NA-242 constituency of Karachi. pic.twitter.com/ffdjeS3jFB
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