Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Nawaz Sharif claims victory ‘without majority’ in Pak polls

The PML-N supremo said that Pakistan needs to take active steps to come out of its current crisis for which all institutions should together play a positive role, without disclosing how many seats his party had won as counting was still underway in 265 seats that went to the polls, reports Al Jazeera.

Nawaz Sharif said that his deputies will meet other political parties to talk about forming a coalition government.
“We don’t have enough of a majority to form a government without the support of others and we invite allies to join the coalition so we can make joint efforts to pull Pakistan out of its problems,” he said.

This comes after his party’s senior leader said that they will seek talks with rival Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s group on forming a coalition in Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif’s close aide Ishaq Dar made the comments on local television channel Samaa TV.
PML-N is “in a position” to form a government and will win close to 90 out of the 265 seats up for grabs, he said.

Results have been announced for 156 National Assembly seats. As per the election commission of the country, candidates backed by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party won 62 seats so far while the Pakistan Muslim League of Nawaz Sharif secured 46 seats. Results of 110 more seats are still pending and any party would need 169 seats for a government forming majority.
Videos of ‘poll rigging’ flood social media:

After voting for Pakistan’s general elections concluded on Thursday evening, videos started circulating on social media showing alleged rigging of votes in polling booths.
Candidates of political parties, except for Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N, shared videos on social media, claiming that the mandate was being rigged in support of their rival candidates.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) claimed that ballot papers were snatched from the electoral staff in the PS-105 (Karachi East-IX) constituency.
A video shared by journalist Naimat Khan on his X handle showed PPP candidate Qadir Khan Mandokhail barging inside a polling station while holding a ballot paper.

Taking notice of the incident, the Election Commission of Pakistan ordered the concerned returning officer to take action against Mandokhail.
In a video, Jamaat-i-Islami leader Hafiz Naeemur Rehman accused Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan of rigging in Baldia Town.
Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which was disqualified from contesting elections but has backed independent candidates, also alleged rigging in the NA-248 constituency.

National Democratic Movement (NDM) leader Mohsin Dawar also shared a video on his X account, saying, “The Presiding officer and staff at GPS Haji Fateh Khan Kot polling station in my constituency NA-40 North Waziristan have been stuffing ballots very openly and brazenly for PTI’s Aurangzeb Khan. Such blatant rigging should be a matter of shame for the ECP.”

Even as the voting concluded on Thursday evening, the long delay in the announcement of results by the ECP created a lot of confusion.
Imran Khan’s PTI has claimed victory in the elections, alleging that the poll panel is delaying the announcement of results to subvert the people’s mandate.

“Let the world know that the clear and overwhelming mandate of the people of Pakistan is being stolen. Despite unprecedented pre-poll rigging and oppression, there was a record, massive turnout on polling day,” PTI said in a statement.


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