Some PPP leaders have indicated that the party will convene its Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a coalition government. Throughout the election campaign, the PPP had bitterly criticized the PML-N for its poor performance during the previous coalition government. Previously, senior PPP leader Khursheed Shah reportedly stated that the party would not engage in discussions with PML-N if Nawaz Sharif asserted himself as the prime minister. This implies that the PPP was open to considering a coalition but without Nawaz assuming the role of prime minister. Nawaz claimed that not only at the Centre, but the PML-N had also emerged as the single largest party in Punjab.
February 10, 2024 17:06 UTC
A nation-scale disruption of social media platform X, formerly Twitter, is being reported by users and internet watchdogs in Pakistan on Saturday. ⚠️ Confirmed: Live metrics show a nation-scale disruption to X/Twitter across #Pakistan; the incident comes amid political turmoil after a controversial election held under an internet and mobile network blackout 📉 pic.twitter.com/1sZpkbWN6L — NetBlocks (@netblocks) February 10, 2024NetBlocks, a global internet watchdog, said the incident comes "amid political turmoil after a controversial election held under an internet and mobile network blackout". In the run-up to the February 8 elections in Pakistan, the country suffered from multiple internet disruptions and slow-downs. Just earlier today, the Foreign Office denied that there was any wide-scale internet disruption on polling day. It must be noted that all internet shutdowns have coincided with virtual events organised by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
February 10, 2024 15:22 UTC
The global journal Bloomberg has said regarding the country’s general elections that whatever the results of the election, the discussion with the IMF is important for Pakistan. Bloomberg talks to Asia Frontier Capital fund manager Richard Ysai about the general elections in Pakistan and said that whether the government is a majority or a coalition, Pakistan needs a new bailout program. Richard Ysai also said that Pakistan’s external debt situation is uncertain, unstable, the government of Pakistan has to make several payments in the next 6 months and Pakistan needs a large long-term debt program. The Bloomberg official said in his conversation that Pakistan Stock Exchange is a very cheap market since the global financial crisis, the price and income ratio of the Pakistani market is at the lowest level, the Pakistan Stock Exchange is cheap because of political and economic concerns in the share prices. Bloomberg added that the interest rates in Pakistan may decrease in the next 9 to 12 months.
February 10, 2024 13:33 UTC
The PTI-affiliated independent candidates clinched National Assembly and provincial legislature seats in several districts of K-P in the general elections held a day earlier. The PTI formed its government in K-P for the first time in 2013 with Pervez Khattak as the chief minister. The second time the party formed its government in K-P was in 2018 with Mahmood Khan as the provincial chief executive. The PTI’s K-P president, Ali Amin Gandapur, is likely to become the chief minister of the province. Sardar Ali Amin Gandapur was a provincial minister in the first term of the PTI in K-P.
February 10, 2024 12:26 UTC
The trophy unveiling ceremony of the ninth edition of Pakistan Super League will be held on Tuesday, February 13. Preparations for the ninth edition of the Pakistan Super League are going on in full swing, in this regard, the opening ceremony of the trophy will be held on February 13 in Lahore. According to sources, the PSL curtain raiser ceremony will be held before the first match. Sources further said that spectacular fireworks will also be displayed on the occasion of the opening ceremony. It should be noted that Pakistan Super League 9 is starting from February 17.
February 10, 2024 12:12 UTC
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Syed Asim Munir on Sunday congratulated the entire Pakistani Nation, Caretaker Government, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Political Parties and all winning candidates on successful conduct of General Elections 2024. The COAS said, “Leadership and personnel of law-enforcement agencies deserve our highest appreciation for creating a safe and secure environment for the electoral process, despite overwhelming odds. “Elections and democracy are means to serve people of Pakistan and not ends in themselves. Elections are not a zero-sum competition of winning and losing but an exercise to determine the mandate of the people. The COAS wished that these elections bring in political and economic stability and prove to be the harbinger of peace and prosperity for our beloved Pakistan.
February 10, 2024 09:47 UTC
PTI founding chairman and former premier Imran Khan on Friday claimed that his party had secured a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly. Imran further maintained that nobody in Pakistan would accept Nawaz’s speech and even the international media was writing against it. The PTI stalwart added that apart from the Centre, the PTI would form provincial governments in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab as well. https://t.co/VEAG8MJ3fz — PTI (@PTIofficial) February 9, 2024The PTI leader maintained that the party’s independent candidates would remain faithful to it and there was were no chances of them switching their loyalties. Earlier, PML-N leader and former finance minister Ishaq Dar claimed that successful independent candidates were in touch with his party.
February 10, 2024 07:50 UTC
RAWALPINDI, FEB 10 (DNA) – COAS Gen. Syed Asim Munir has congratulated the entire Pakistani Nation, Caretaker Government, Election Commission of Pakistan, Political Parties and all winning candidates on successful conduct of General Elections 2024. Elections and democracy are means to serve people of Pakistan and not ends in themselves. Elections are not a zero-sum competition of winning and losing but an exercise to determine the mandate of the people. As the people of Pakistan have reposed their combined trust in the Constitution of Pakistan, it is now incumbent upon all political parties to reciprocate the same with political maturity and unity. COAS wishes that these elections bring in political and economic stability and prove to be the harbinger of peace and prosperity for our beloved Pakistan.
February 10, 2024 06:25 UTC
MARDAN - The Awami National Party (ANP) Central Senior Vice President, Ameer Haider Hoti, conceded defeat in the Mardan district elections on Friday. Independent candidate Faisal Khan Tarrskai, supported by PTI, secured victory in PK-52 with 42,269 votes, defeating ANP’s Tausif Ijaz with 23,317 votes. In NA-26, independent candidate and former PTI MNA Sajid Khan secured a substantial lead. Independent candidate and former MNA Malik Bilal Rehman stood third with 11542 votes in the same constituency. Similarly, in PK-71, Sohail Afridi, another independent candidate, secured 31,649 votes, surpassing Bilawal Afridi of PML-N who received 7,401 votes.
February 10, 2024 04:25 UTC
The recent general election in Pakistan, touted as the most expensive in the country’s history at a staggering cost of Rs42 billion, was marred by significant challenges stemming from the unexpected disruption of internet and mobile phone services. The reliance on the Election Management System (EMS) for the timely transmission of election results proved to be a major stumbling block in ensuring the smooth conduct of the elections. The mismanagement and altercations witnessed at polling station offices exacerbated the challenges faced during the election. This may involve establishing alternative communication channels and backup systems to ensure the timely transmission of election results and maintain public confidence in the electoral process. Only through concerted efforts to address these challenges can Pakistan uphold its democratic principles and foster public trust in the electoral process
February 10, 2024 01:03 UTC
The United States on Friday called into question the "undue restrictions" put in place during Pakistan's electoral process and expressed concern about allegations of vote-rigging, but pledged to work with whoever forms the next government. Candidates loyal to jailed former prime minister Imran Khan were ahead as vote counting dragged on following Thursday's election. I echo the @StateDept's call for a full investigation of any claims of election interference or fraud in Pakistan. Also read: EU urges Pakistan to ensure full investigation of reported election irregularities"We join credible international and local election observers in their assessment that these elections included undue restrictions on freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly," Miller said in a statement. "We condemn electoral violence... and are concerned about allegations of interference in the electoral process.
February 09, 2024 21:02 UTC
Internet users are remarking on the fairly odd-looking ballot papers this election season, owing to an influx of independent candidates with their innovative electoral symbols. Is India winning?” asked the X user comically, with a picture of the Indian actor, Ajay Devgan, with tears in his eyes. One political party candidate’s initial vote count is making rounds on the internet for having just one vote. “Bro could have at least voted for himself,” penned one internet user. “I will appear for the Pakistan Studies exam again ten years from now.
February 09, 2024 16:07 UTC
"We respect the mandate of all parties and independent candidates," Nawaz stated, acknowledging the reality of the election results. I have asked him to meet Asif Ali Zardari, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui," Nawaz Sharif revealed, highlighting his proactive approach to kick-start the formation of a coalition government. In his address, Sharif expressed concern about the current state of the country, emphasising that it does not allow room for further crises. He announced that the first meeting to form a coalition government will be held tonight, with Shehbaz Sharif and other party members actively participating in the discussions. According to media reports, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said that he cannot comment on Sharif's offer until the election results become clearer.
February 09, 2024 15:26 UTC
According to the unofficial unofficial results of all 187 polling stations of PP 195 Pakpattan 3, independent candidate Imran Akram Jatt was successful with 50870 votes. According to the unofficial unofficial results of all 202 polling stations of PP 86 Mianwali 2, independent candidate Aminullah Khan won with 85318 votes. According to the unofficial unofficial result of PP 233 Vihari 5, Muhammad Saqib Khurshid of PML-N won with 54816 votes. According to the unofficial unofficial results of all 164 polling stations of PP 132 Nankana Sahib 1, independent candidate Sultan Bajwa was successful with 47743 votes. According to the unofficial unofficial results of all 131 polling stations of PP 274 Muzaffargarh 7, Mohammad Sabatin Raza of Muslim League-N was successful with 44560 votes.
February 09, 2024 12:00 UTC
The Federal Ministry of Interior has reacted to the delay in announcing the election results. In a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior, it is said that the delay in compiling the election results has been reviewed, and the delay in the election results is due to communication problems. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, concerns regarding the delay in processing the results have been addressed to the concerned returning officers from the public and the media. It was a result of preventive measures taken to ensure security. “Protocols to ensure the safety of both staff and ballots are comprehensive, which took considerable time, the situation is now satisfactory and results are expected to continue,” the statement said.
February 09, 2024 11:44 UTC