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Khan PTI Party Stuns Rivals, Grabbing 6 of 8 NA Seats

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Arif Ahmadi
Arif Ahmadihttps://www.khaama.com/
Arif Ahmadi holds a B.A. degree in Journalism. He works as an Editor & Content Writer for Khaama Press.
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan waves hands during a rally, August 22. (PHOTO: AP)

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Deposed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party managed to secure six out of eight National Assembly seats in the crucial by-election on Sunday.

It won six of the National Assembly seats in Mardan, Charsadda, Faisalabad, Nankana Sahib and Peshawar – all contested by the former prime minister of Pakistan.

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Initial results show that other major parties: the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM-P) and the Awami National Party (ANP), could not manage to grab even a single National Assembly seat.

The rival PML-N did not do well on National and provincial assembly seats. Out of three PA seats, it managed to clinch just one while the other two went to the PTI.

According to the official results issued by ECP, PML-N’s Iftikhar Ahmad Bhangoo won PP-139 Sheikhupura seat after getting 40,829 votes against PTI nominee Muhammad Abu Bakar’s 37,712 votes, as Dawn reported.

In Khanewal (PP-209), PTI’s Faisal Khan Niazi won after securing 71,156 votes against PML-N’s Chaudhry Ziaur Rehman who got 57,630 votes only. In Bahawalnagar (PP-241), PTI nominee Malik Muzzaffar Khan got 59,957 against PML-N candidate Amanullah Sattar’s 48,147.

In July, Khan’s party swept by-elections in Pakistan’s most populous Punjab province, paving the way for what is now known a national poll.

Call for Fair and Free Elections

Earlier, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activists and supporter took to the streets in nearly all major cities of the country against runaway inflation, as the PTI Chairman Imran Khan warned any bid to rig the election would push the country towards anarchy.

The major protests were held at Islamabad’s F-9 Park, Karachi’s Shahrah-e-Quaideen, Lahore’s Liberty Chowk, Faisalabad’s Ghanta Ghar Chowk, Rawalpindi’s Commercial Market, Multan’s Shah Abdullah Chowk and Peshawar’s Hasht Nagari Gate, including some other cities of the country.

Khan addressed the public gatherings through video-link from Bani Gala, telling his supporters that he would soon give a call for peaceful agitation, which would end only with the announcement of an election date, as The News reported.

The PTI chairman warned that if the present rulers further stayed in power, they would dump all the state institutions as they had already buried NAB and FIA, according to reports, emphasizing the situation would deteriorate in the country if general elections were not free and fair.

“The direction in which the country is moving with exports plunging by 10 per cent and remittances falling, I fear that we are heading on the path of Sri Lanka, which did not have money to buy oil,” said Khan.

In April, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted from power after losing a no-confidence vote in his leadership, where the opposition parties brought a motion against him for bad governance and economic mismanagement.

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