PTI leads, PML-N cries foul in Pakistan’s election

LAHORE (Dunya News) – As the results are pouring in, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif rejected the election results as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) surged into lead.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Shehbaz said that he had not seen such “horrible situation” in his entire political career.
He went on to say that rigging had inflicted massive blow to Pakistan’s democratic system and stated that Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had utterly failed in carrying out transparent elections.
“PML-N’s polling agent was pushed out of the polling station in DG Khan whereas situation of the incident is available. Today’s incidents have pushed Pakistan 30 years back,” he said.
Later, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman while talking to media said that he will host an All Parties’ Conference to discuss alleged rigging in elections.
Fazl said his party rejects election results, saying he has discussed the situation with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif.
On the other hand, with the count still a long way to go, PTI supporters were already celebrating in cities across the country, including Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and Rawalpindi, with fireworks, dancing and reports of celebratory gunshots.
The contest largely became a two-way race between Khan s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the PML-N of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, whose brother Shahbaz is leading its campaign.
Bilawal Bhutto – son of slain prime minister Benazir Bhutto – and his PPP could be called upon to form a coalition with any winner.
To form a majority government outright, the contest s winner would need to snatch 137 seats. But analysts predict a coalition will be more likely.–AA

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