Conflicting Victory Claims Mar Pakistan Polls; PTI Eyes Rule
On Saturday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan asserted that his party had clinched the majority in the central, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions, expressing optimism about PTI forming governments in these areas.
The press conference followed PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif’s declaration of victory and his call for political parties and independent candidates to forge a coalition government to address the country’s crises.
According to unofficial results from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), independent candidates, predominantly supported by PTI, lead with 100 seats, followed by PML-N with 71 seats and PPP with 54 seats. However, results from 11 constituencies are pending.
Barrister Gohar, in his statements, contested the unofficial results and claimed that PTI had secured 170 seats in the National Assembly, as indicated by Form 45. He alleged tampering with results to diminish PTI’s majority.
Furthermore, Barrister Gohar asserted that PTI had triumphed in 135 seats in Punjab and expressed hope that a leader with a pro-public stance would be appointed as the chief minister of the province.
Regarding Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), he declared that PTI had obtained a two-thirds majority, ensuring the formation of the government in the province.
In response to the delay in releasing election results by some returning officers, the PTI stalwart announced plans for a peaceful protest outside their offices. The protest aims to highlight concerns about the withholding of election outcomes and to demand transparency in the electoral process.
The conflicting claims and ongoing uncertainty underscore the complexity of the political landscape in the aftermath of the elections, with different parties interpreting the results in their favor. The situation also emphasizes the importance of transparency and adherence to electoral procedures to ensure a fair and credible democratic process in Pakistan.