Pakistan elections: PTI claims lead on 150 plus seats; asks Nawaz to ‘accept defeat’

PTI flags being waived in Pakistan.

As the Pakistan national election vote counting is in progress, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) asserted on Friday that it has leads on over 150 seats and urged PML(N) leader Nawaz Sharif to “acknowledge defeat.”

On its official X platform, PTI stated, “Show some grace @NawazSharifMNS, accept the defeat! People of Pakistan will never accept you. This is a golden opportunity to regain some credibility as a democrat. Daylight robbery is going to be rejected massively by Pakistan! #PTIWon #RespectMandate.”

In a video message shared on PTI founder Imran Khan’s social media handle, party chief Gohar Khan declared, “We will be forming the next government in Pakistan, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. Attempts are being made to alter the results. According to the Election Act, results must be announced by later in the day. However, 100 per cent results are yet to be declared.”

“I urge the Election Commission of Pakistan to announce the results as soon as possible,” Gohar, who secured NA-10 in Buner with 110,023 votes, stated.

PTI-backed candidates such as Fazal Muhammad Khan in NA-25 Charsadda II, Muhammad Abdul Salam and Sultan Room in PK-58 Mardan and PK-9 Swat, and Iftikharullah Jan in PK-64 Charsadda III, have emerged victorious, according to Dawn.

PTI-backed candidate Saleem Rehman has won from Swat’s NA-3 with 81,411 votes, according to the preliminary result announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

On the other hand, PML-N’s Marriyum Aurangzeb asserted that the party would form the government in the Centre and Punjab province.

In a social media post, she mentioned that the party’s election cell was still receiving results, citing difficulties due to the unavailability of mobile and internet services. She expressed confidence in the party’s strong position.

To secure government formation in the country, a party needs to win on 133 of the 265 seats, with polling postponed on one seat after the death of a candidate.

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