Pakistan

PTI gets landslide victory in Punjab by-polls, PMLN accepts results

PMLN has accepted defeat graciously; calls for introspect

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has clinched victory on 15 out of 20 provincial assembly seats in bye-elections held Sunday. PTI emerged as single largest party in largest province of Pakistan.

Deposed former prime minister of country Imran Khan had conducted marathon public gatherings to woo the voters who were facing the financial crunch in the wake of the ever increasing POL prices, inflated prices of essential commodities and unbearable cost of living day by day.

The voters trend in Punjab dismissed the ruling PMLN and made their decision in favour of PTI whose candidate Chaudhary Pervez Elahi is now all set to become the new chief minister of Punjab. The elections for the Punjab CM will be held on July 22nd at 4pm at Punjab Assembly building at the Mall in Lahore.

PTI stalwart Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s son Zain Qureshi has won the PP-217 seat while PTI has been leading in 15 seats out of total 20 seats.

The political landscape in Punjab and in centre is about to change as PTI will be stressing on early general elections.

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As per latest development, PTI leader Hammad Azhar announced said that party supremo Imran Khan will address PTI supporters shortly.

PTI leaders urged party workers and supporters at polling stations to stay there until the ECP announced the official results.

In the morning Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah credited ECP and law enforcement agencies for the conduction of smooth elections in Punjab.

Sanaullah has said the voter turnout has crossed 40 per cent in the Punjab by-elections, which he said, was “unprecedented” in any by-polls.

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He said Punjab Police deserved praise to remain neutral amid polling.

PML-N’s Malik Ahmed Khan, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has “wholeheartedly” acknowledged PTI’s “historic” victory in the by-elections as early results showed by broadcasters unanimously showed the party ahead in most of the constituencies.

The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said the military performed duties as third-tier responders to any law and order situation, as per the directions from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) amid the polling day.

Army troops were deployed to perform only quick reaction force duties in case of any law and order situation arising during polling.

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