As polling on all 20 constituencies of Punjab by-election Concluded late Sunday night, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won 15, PML-N four and an Independent was declared successful.
A thumping victory in the by-elections helped Khan’s party achieve the magic number of 186 to form the next government in Punjab. The PTI and its ally PML-Q have a total strength of 188 in the provincial assembly. The PML-N and its allies have a total of 179 MLAs.
PTI-PMLQ joint candidate Chaudhry Parvez Elahi is likely to become the new Chief Minister of Punjab, succeeding Hamza Shahbaz, son of incumbent Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
PTI has demanded Hamza’s resignation as he has lost the mandate in the Punjab Assembly.
The elections to these 20 seats were held after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) removed 25 PTI MPs for voting for Hamza Shahbaz for Punjab’s chief ministerial election last April. Of these, five were elected on reserved seats.
PTI has not only come in such a situation from the Punjab government in the by-elections, but it has also snatched the stronghold of PML-N. Lahore, the Sharif family stronghold, also fell into the hands of Khan and his PTI captured three of the four seats in the capital city of Punjab.
After the victory, a large number of PTI supporters, including women and children, took to the streets in different parts of the country and burst crackers and distributed sweets. They raised slogans against the “imported government” of Shahbaz Sharif. He also vented his anger against the US for “setting up the Shahbaz government”.
PTI president Imran Khan took to social media to thank party workers and voters of Punjab and termed the victory not only for the PML-N candidates but for the entire state machinery.
“The only way forward from here is to conduct fair and free elections under a credible ECP. Any other path will only lead to more political uncertainty and further economic chaos,” Khan tweeted on Sunday.
The only way forward from here is to conduct free and fair elections under a credible ECP. Will take some other way… https://t.co/Y3ZhPubjmJ
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 165880766000
Khan is holding a meeting of the party core committee in Islamabad on Monday to chalk out the party’s strategy after winning the by-polls.
On the other hand, PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif, who has been in self-exile in London since November 2019, has directed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to convene a party meeting to conduct a post-mortem of the party’s humiliating defeat in the Punjab bypolls. .
The PML-N leadership has admitted defeat and some of its top leaders have blamed “unpopular decisions” on the current decisions. Senior PMLN leader and Railways Minister Saad Rafique said at a press conference, “Unpopular decisions have prompted us to call for the by-polls.” Justifying the toppling of Imran’s government, he said, “If we had not sent Khan home, Pakistan would have defaulted.”
Former PTI information minister Fawad Chaudhry said Khan was the only deciding factor between the candidates of PTI and the nine-party coalition government in the Punjab bypolls. He said people responded to Khan’s statement against the imported government.
“On Sunday (July 17) the people of Punjab came out of their homes so that Pakistan can get real freedom from the rule of foreign masters,” he said. Turncoats who sold their conscience for money.
Pervez Elahi’s son and former PML-Q federal minister Moonis Elahi said in a tweet: “The PML-N’s defeat was indeed a victory for Pakistan. Punjab has come out of the slavery of the Sharif family by breaking all shackles.”
Prime Minister’s spokesman Malik Ahmed Khan said: “We respect the mandate of the people. We now ask PTI-PMLQ to form the government in Punjab.”
Talking to PTI, he said that inflation is one of the main reasons for his party’s defeat. Asked whether Prime Minister Shahbaz would dissolve the National Assembly to hold early general elections, he said: “The PML-N leadership will take a decision on this in consultation with its allies.”
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz He also accepted the defeat of his party. “We must accept our defeat with an open heart,” the daughter of PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif said in a tweet.
He said that victory and defeat in politics is a part of the game. “We will look at our weaknesses and overcome them,” she said.