General Elections 2018 in Pakistan have finally been held. Election Commission of Pakistan is yet to announce the official and final results of the polls. According to unofficial results which are not last, PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is leading with the most number of national assembly seats. Therefore, the party is in a position to form the next government that could be a coalition. Well, the General Elections 2018 results are not free from controversy as parties at the losing end are not accepting them.
Post- General Elections 2018 Results Situation in Pakistan
There ran a wave of happiness among PTI workers and candidates soon after the media started telecasting unofficial results of various constituencies. Party’s supporters expressed their sentiments by congratulating the chairman Imran Khan on achieving ‘Naya Pakistan’ (New Pakistan) a slogan he has been raising since his campaign for 2013 elections.
Elections that Witnessed Major Upsets
Abid Sher Ali
Siraj Ul Haq
Fazal Ur Rehman
Asfand Yar Wali
All have been lost…
Is this happening in Pakistan? Like a prosperous Pakistan is in making..#ElectionPakistan2018
— Aftab Iqbal (@AftabIqbalPK_) 26 July 2018
Happy PTI Fans
Imran Khan is famous among Pakistanis and even non-Pakistanis for his charismatic personality and good looks. Many of his fans are saying that now the country will finally have a cool and good looking Prime Minister who can even leave behind Justin Trudeau.
— Deformed Calamitous (@CaptivatingKhan) 26 July 2018
And there were PTI supporters who lamented the fact that they had to vote for few not so likable candidates only because they were contesting on a PTI seat. One such example is the TV anchor Amir Liaquat whom, people voted out of compulsion.
Had to say:
Delighted that Ibrar-ul-Haq of PTI lost.
Saddened that Amir Liaquat of PTI won.
I can’t even hope Amir would change 🙁
— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) July 26, 2018
In all of this, I’m just glad Rana Sanaullah lost and will not be in the assembly. That made me happy and then I saw Amir Liaquat winning. There goes the happiness… #ElectionPakistan2018
— Ali Gul Pir (@Aligulpir) July 26, 2018
Imran Khan’s Ex-Wife Jemima Khan also expressed her happiness over win of Imran Khan.
22 years later, after humiliations, hurdles and sacrifices, my sons’ father is Pakistan’s next PM. It’s an incredible lesson in tenacity, belief & refusal to accept defeat. The challenge now is to remember why he entered politics in the 1st place. Congratulations @ImranKhanPTI
— Jemima Goldsmith (@Jemima_Khan) July 26, 2018
The Allegations of Rigging
Not accepting the elections result is a history in Pakistan. Same happened as after media started telecasting general elections 2018 results. Former ruling party, PML-N which lost the majority of seats didn’t accept the defeat. Party’s leader Mian Shehbaz Sharif held a press conference and told media that PML-N polling agents were made to leave stations. They were not given form 45, and further votes were counted in their absence.
For many people rigging allegations were not new as it was a norm in Pakistan to level such accusations.
Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) wholly rejects the results of General Elections 2018 due to manifest & massive irregularities. Form 45 was not given to our agents, results were stopped & votes were counted in the absence of our poll agents. This is both unbearable & unacceptable!
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 25, 2018
Well, at least now PTI will realise just how discomforting the word ‘dhandli’ sounds. The shoe is on the other foot.
— Nadeem Farooq Paracha (@NadeemfParacha) July 25, 2018
According to general elections, 2018 results which are unofficial at this stage PTI is leading, reportedly. So, Imran Khan is most likely to be the next Prime Minister. Well, it wouldn’t be such easy for next Prime Minister of Pakistan to deliver as an irritating opposition which has started leveling allegations of rigging would be a significant challenge.