Imran Khan’s party-backed independent candidates lead in Pakistan elections

The ECP started updating results at a faster pace since morning after facing a barrage of criticism by the parties, especially the PTI which accused that its mandate was being stolen.The big names who won included PML-N top leaders, including former premier Sharif who won by a big margin by getting 171,024 votes against PTI-backed independent Dr Yasmin Rashid who polled 115,043.His younger brother and former premier Shehbaz Sharif also won, in addition to his son Hamza Shehbaz and Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz.All four family members scored victories from Lahore, their home and party’s stronghold.PTI leader Gohar Ali Khan won NA-10 in the Buner area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with 110,023 votes, according to the ECP.He defeated Awami National Party candidate Abdul Rauf who came second with 30,302 votes.PTI’s former speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar also won.PPP leaders Asif Ali Zardari and his son party chief Bilawal were leading in their constituencies.The prominent losers in the elections were PTI’s former leader and defence minister Pervaiz Khattak.As far as the provincial assemblies were concerned, the ECP data showed results of 53 constituencies of the Sindh Assembly, with the PPP succeeding in 45 constituencies while independent candidates won only four constituencies.The Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) won two seats, and Jamaat-e-Islami and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) one each.According to the results of 50 constituencies of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, 45 PTI-backed independent candidates supported by Tehreek-e-Insaf secured victories.In the Punjab Assembly, PML-N has won 39 seats, independent candidates have won 33 seats and Muslim League-Q has won two seats.Similarly, the results of 6 constituencies of the Balochistan Assembly have been received so far where PML-N and Balochistan National Party (BNP) Awami have been successful in one seat each.

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