Islamabad: As Pakistan grapples with a tumultuous political situation following a closely contested election held on February 8, suspense lingers over who will seize the reins of power. The recent polls have left the nation in a state of uncertainty, with neither party yet holding a clear majority to form the government.
As the country awaits the final verdict, the fate of Pakistan hangs in the balance. With no party securing a clear majority, speculation mounts over possible alliances and coalitions.
Here’s what we know so far:
Amidst political turmoil in Pakistan, PTI has announced plans to stage nationwide protests on Sunday, demanding the release of complete election results and upholding the sanctity of the vote. The party’s chairman, Gohar Khan, has urged all institutions to respect PTI’s mandate, setting the stage for potential clashes between supporters and authorities.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has ordered re-polling in some of the polling stations. The re-polling is scheduled for February 15.
Despite being behind bars and barred from contesting the elections, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as a significant player in the political arena.
Independent candidates aligned with PTI secured over 100 seats. However, this falls short of the 133 seats required for a clear majority in the 266-seat assembly.
Meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (N) failed to meet expectations, securing only 73 seats, while Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) secured 54 seats.
The results have heightened tensions, as both Khan and Sharif claim victory, raising the uncertainty over the formation of the next government.
The delay in finalising the election results has added fuel to the fire, with the Pakistan Election Commission attributing the setback to internet issues hampering the transmission of results from polling stations.
Several independent candidates backed by PTI moved the Lahore High Court to contest the results in key constituencies alleging rigged poll counts.