Pakistan saw a new ‘Dawn’ today, as Pakistan-Teherek-e-Insaaf (PTI), led by Imran Khan delivered the knock punch, and made six opposition party’s cry foul.
A Leading newspaper of Pakistan reported the same as Imran’s PTI emerged as the single largest party in Pakistan’s recently concluded general elections.
After a marathon vote counting, when picture became clear that Imran Khan is now Pakistan’s wait-in Prime Minister, the former Pakistani cricketer declared victory and addressed the nation in his televised speech.
Imran said, “Kashmir is a core issue and must be resolved by through talk.” He thinks; Kashmiris have suffered most for long. He opined, “So, we have to resolve this issue by sitting across the table; if India’s leadership is willing then both of us can solve the issue through dialogue.” It will be good for sub-continent also, he added.
Imran also asserted that to make the sub-continent poverty free both the neighbouring countries have to maintain good relations and better trade ties.
The ace-cricketer turned politician also opined to fulfil the dream of Mohammed Ali Zinnah, Imran wants to work for the poorest of poor people of Pakistan.
However, the main oppositions are calling the victory as ‘blatant rigging’ in the pivotal General Election and rejecting it unofficially.
Results are still being tallied but the trend projects the PTI is leading with 118 seats, and the outgoing ruling party led by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shabaz Sharif, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) is leading with 59 seats.
The Pakistan People Party (PPP) led by Bilwala Bhutto, the son of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, is trailing by 40 seats and others are at 43, this trend has been recorded until Thursday mid-night.
A source from Election commission of Pakistan (ECP) referred that trends will change as counting is still underway. However, with passing time Khan’s supporters’ started celebrating and opposition are alleging, ‘the powerful military rigged in Imran’s favour.’
Apart from this political tussle, some dramas also happened when PML (N) chief Shahbaz Sharif rejected the result trend in a press conference, held on Thursday evening.
From the press meet in Lahore Sharif said, “We are getting complaints that we are not getting from 45 and that our people are being removed from polling stations. Results were stopped and votes were counted in absence of our poll agents. This is both unbearable and unacceptable. We reject this result.’’
But, just after Sharif’s press conference, ECP chief Saradar Raza Khan thanked the nation and addressed, “I regret the delay in relaying of elections results.” He added, “I assure the people of Pakistan that the delay in elections results is purely technical, and strict action will be taken against officers found to have violated the rules by not issuing Form 45.”
Rigging allegation also came from the Pakistan Peoples Paty’s Chief Bilawal Bhutto. But these allegations were rejected by ECP.
In an official statement the Pakistan Election Commission said that as per EC rules at the time of ballot papers are counted, only one person or agent from each party is allowed to be present.
On the other side reports asserted that though PTI is some seats short from the halfway mark (read 137 seats) needed to form the Government, Chief of the Party Imran Khan desired to work with other small parties as coalition government. It was also reported the Imran seeks the support of smaller political parties.
Political expert from Pakistan stated, according to reports, that it was sure that Imran will take oath as the nation’s next Prime Minister, because a fraction of Pakistan’s Army has supported him and his party PTI.
This election will mark only the second civilian transfer, an indication of the formal transition of power, police official have now replaced private security guards at Imran Khan’s residence in Islamabad’s Bani Gala area.
Other countries like China, US, and India put their comments on this political transition. Union Minister RK Singh asserted that the equation between two countries will remain unchanged as the Prime Minister apparent Imran Khan is being supported by the Pakistan Army.
Singh added, according to reports, “Pakistani army will import terrorism to haunt our country. Because they are the main policy makers, and whoever becomes the PM, this policy will not change. And our stand on them will be the same as of now.”
The US, meanwhile, raised concern on the fairness of the poll. A statement issued from Washington said that we continue to monitor the developments, and have consistently emphasized our support for free, fair and transparent, and accountable election in Pakistan.
China extended their support to Imran Khan and said it stands ready to work with the new government of Pakistan to move forward in their strategic partnership.
Let’s have look on Pakistan’s General Election History:
|Years under Military Rules: 1958-1971||From 1977 to 1988||From 1999-2008|
|Maj. General I Mirza||Gen Mohammed Zia-ul-Haque||General Parvez Musharaff|
|General Ayub Khan|
|General Yahya Khan|
Pakistan PMs: How their tenure end:
|Dismissed by President-7|
|Disqualified by Pakistan Supreme Court-6|
|Interim Prime Minister-6|
|Overthrown by A coup:3|
|Engineered a coup:1|
Trend until mid-night 3 am
|PML (N)||59 Seats|