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Khan-backed independents lead final Pakistan election results; PML-N and PPP Follow

February 11, 2024
Some demonstrators supporting Imran Khan have gathered in the city of Rawalpindi.
Some demonstrators supporting Imran Khan have gathered in the city of Rawalpindi.

ISLAMABAD — In the latest development from Pakistan's electoral battlefield, candidates affiliated with the imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan's party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), emerged as the front-runners in the final count of the Feb. 8 general elections, as announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan on Sunday.

This conclusion came amid heightened scrutiny over the delayed announcement, which spanned nearly three days post-election, sparking debates over the vote-counting integrity.

The PTI-backed independent candidates secured a leading 101 seats. Trailing behind were the contenders from the Pakistan Muslim League — Nawaz (PML-N), led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, with 75 seats, and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), under the leadership of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, which claimed 54 seats.

Additional seats were distributed among various parties, including the Muttahida Quami Movement Pakistan, which captured 17 seats.

The election for one seat has been postponed, with the results for another being withheld. To establish a government, a party or coalition needs to command at least 169 seats out of the 336 available in the National Assembly, aiming for a simple majority.

The announcement has also ignited a wave of protests across the nation, with PTI, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, and Jamaat-e-Islami leading the charge against what they allege to be widespread electoral fraud.

Major cities like Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and Peshawar have become stages for these demonstrations. In parallel, numerous candidates have taken legal routes, filing petitions to contest the declared outcomes.


February 11, 2024
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