Pak PM Khan’s party wins most seats in PoK legislative elections marred by irregularities, violence

Prime Minister Imran Khan‘s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party is set to type the subsequent authorities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) because it emerged as the biggest political celebration within the legislative meeting elections within the area which was marred by allegations of irregularities and violence, native media reported, citing unofficial outcomes.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf celebration (PTI) has gained 23 seats whereas Pakistan Peoples Social gathering (PPP) was second with eight seats and the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) secured simply six seats, the state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

Muslim Convention (MC) and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Social gathering (JKPP) had been profitable in a single seat every.

Nonetheless, Geo TV reported that PTI gained 25 seats, adopted by PPP with 9 and PML-N six. One seat every was gained by Muslim Convention and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Social gathering.

Thus, PTI acquired a easy majority to type the federal government with out assist of another celebration. It’s for the primary time that it’ll type a authorities in PoK.

Historically, the ruling celebration within the nation wins the elections in Pok.

The meeting has a complete of 53 members however solely 45 are straight elected, whereas 5 seats are reserved for ladies and three are meant for the technocrats.

The 45 members straight elected included 33 residents of PoK and 12 refugees’ who got here through the years from Kashmir and settled in numerous cities of Pakistan.

India has beforehand slammed Pakistan for its resolution to carry elections in Gilgit-Baltistan and mentioned any motion to change the standing of the militarily occupied area has no authorized foundation.

PTI Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, who’s the front-runner candidate for the ‘Prime Minister’ of the area, gained from his seat. Former ‘Prime Minister’ and PML-N chief Raja Farooq Haider retained his seat. One other ex-‘Prime Minister’ and chief of Muslim Convention, Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, additionally gained.

A complete of 587 candidates contested the elections in 33 constituencies of assorted PoK districts and 121 candidates in 12 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir refugees settled in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Opposition events, Pakistan Peoples Social gathering (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), have accused Khan’s celebration of “rigging” the elections held on Sunday.

“There’s proof of systematic rigging within the election,” PPP’s vice-president Senator Sherry Rehman.

She mentioned PTI staff attacked the PPP employee throughout polling time, whereas police had uprooted a camp belonging to her celebration. “There’s a clear distinction between the voter lists of a number of polling stations,” she mentioned.

PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, in an announcement, claimed that to rig the election the PTI “goons” attacked her celebration’s staff in Gujranwala’s Alipur Chatha space.

“PTI has been allowed to have interaction in hooliganism with full liberty,” she mentioned.

Nonetheless, the area’s Election Fee rejected the allegations and mentioned that the polls had been held in a good and peaceable method.

The chief election fee, Abdul Rashid Sulehria, advised the media that he was happy with the election course of.

At the least two PTI staff had been shot and killed in clashes with PPP activists at a polling station in Charhoi space of Kotli district on Sunday. The 2 males had been shot useless by unidentified individuals, police mentioned.

Additionally, at the very least 4 troopers had been killed whereas three troopers and a civilian driver had been injured when their car plunged down a ravine off a curvy mountain street in Laswa space of the area, the army mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.

The troopers had been a part of military troops deployed to assist preserve peace through the elections.

In one other incident, 5 police constables had been injured after Jamaat-e-Islami activists attacked them with batons on the Dhal Chakhya polling station of Jhelum valley district.

A PML-N candidate Choudhary Muhammad Ismail Gujjar kicked up a storm as he threatened on Sunday that he would “search India’s assist” if the native administration failed to deal with his issues after his celebration’s polling brokers had been faraway from a polling station, the Geo Information reported.

Following their exit from the polling station, the brokers acquired right into a heated argument with the deputy commissioner after which the polling course of was halted there.

He, nonetheless, later clarified on media that his assertion was directed in direction of the administration. Area’s Secretary Election Fee Muhammad Ghazanfar Khan claimed that the elections had been held in a free, honest and clear method.

He expressed satisfaction over the regulation and order and appreciated the efficiency of the police and the Pakistan Military for guaranteeing the peaceable conduct of the elections, during which there have been 32 lakh folks eligible to vote to elect 45 members of the meeting for a five-year time period.

The final common election for PoK Legislative Meeting was held in July 2016 and gained by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

On this election, the PTI nominated candidates for all of the 45 constituencies, whereas PML-N and PPP every issued tickets to candidates for 44 seats. Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), the unconventional Islamist celebration which was banned in April by the Pakistan authorities for its violent actions, contested on 40 seats. The TLP was not de-registered by the Election Fee of Pakistan even after the ban, enabling it to participate within the elections.

Other than the ticket holders of various political events, a complete of 261 unbiased candidates had been additionally within the race for the 33 constituencies in PoK, whereas 56 independents had been working for the 12 refugees’ seats. | Pak PM Khan’s celebration wins most seats in PoK legislative elections marred by irregularities, violence


TaraSubramaniam is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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