The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday released the complete preliminary results in which Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the largest political party in the country, winning 115 of 270 National Assembly seats.
According to a report in the Dawn, the PML-N, which completed its government’s tenure in May, has won 64 seats while the PPP is in the third place with 43.
Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), the alliance of multiple religious parties, has managed to win only 12 seats while Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) has been able to grab only six seats.
PML-Q and the newly formed Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) have won four seats each while Sindh’s Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) has won only two.
Akhtar Mengal’s resurgent Balochistan National Party (BNP) has won three berths for itself in the lower house of the parliament, while Awami National Party (ANP) has managed to win only one.
Awami Muslim League (AML), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaniyat and Jamhoori Wattan Party (JWP) have also grabbed a seat each.
Twelve independent candidates have also won the elections and are likely to play an important role in formation of the central government.
Imran Khan, the leader of the PTI, who is all set the become the next head of the state, during his first public address after the elections has said that he has envisioned a ‘Medina-like Islamic Welfare State which will be sympathetic towards the weaker sections of the society.
However, the United States while questioning the fairness of the Pakistan elections has said that it shared the concerns expressed by the European Union and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
“The United States shares concerns about flaws in the pre-voting electoral process, as expressed by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan,” said the department’s spokesperson Heather Nauert.
“These included constraints placed on freedoms of expression and association during the campaign period that were at odds with Pakistani authorities’ stated goal of a fully fair and transparent election.”