Pakistan: “Head-Spinning Upset” as Imran Khan’s PTI Wins Most Seats in Election

Source: Common Dreams

“In what many observers called a ‘shock’ result, candidates affiliated with imprisoned former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party won the most National Assembly seats in a general election that raised international concerns over alleged fraud committed by the country’s powerful military. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said Saturday afternoon that independent candidates — 93 of them affiliated with Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party — won 100 of 265 contested parliamentary seats. The conservative Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz party, led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, won 73 seats. Most pollsters had expected the party to win the most seats. The center-left Pakistan People’s Party was in third place with 54 seats. Nearly two days after polls closed, results were still not in for 10 seats.” (02/11/24)