Election 2008 – so far

Elections were held yesterday throughout Pakistan. Polls were conducted for National Assembly(NA) and Provincial Assemblies on the same day. Quite contrary to what was being suggested by some politicians as well as by the public opinion at large, the day has been peaceful on the whole. There has been some tragedies; firing and a blast, claiming precious lives including those of the candidates as well. In some cities, where political rivalry is quite tense, e.g. Gujrat, there has been heavy firing, but on the whole, the day has been peaceful as compared to what we have seen in recent past.

Unofficial results have started poring in on TV channels. In capital, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) has the winning score so far in both NA constituencies NA-48, NA-49. In Rawalpindi, the twin city of capital, again its PML-N, with the highest bar so far. In NA-56, Hanif Abbasi (PML-N) is leading with Sardar Shoukat Hayat (PPP) at no 2. Sheikh Rashid (PML-Q), as expected, is no where in the top 2 as of now. In NA-54, Malik Abrar (PML-N), who is also contesting for provincial assembly for PP-10, and is contesting a NA seat for the first time, is leading with Zamorad Khan (PPP) at no 2. There has been no results so far for NA-55, where Makhdum Javed Hashmi (PML-N) is expected to give a tough time to Sheikh Rashid (PML-Q) (who is also contesting from NA-56) and Malik Aamir Fida Paracha (PPP).

Interestingly, in Gujrat, the home constituency of Chaudhary Brothers of PML-Q, Chaudhary Mukhtar (PPP), who is also a cousin, is winning so far. PML-N didn’t appoint any candidate in the constituency.

As per the results so far there are three names coming up, Pakistan Peoples Party / Parliamentarians from Sindh, PML-N from Punjab and Awami National Party (ANP) from NWFP and Balochistan. As the results are neither official nor complete as yet, so nothing can be said for sure. This is just an initial impression.

The results so far are aligned with the general public opinion before elections. And if it continues the same way, it is quite probable that these three parties will be forming a collation government.

We will update this post as soon as the results are complete.

Our sister blogs LMB & KMB have also covered the day.

Update (10:37 AM, February 19, 2008)

The results are complete for the capital city. PML-N did a clean sweep here:

NA-48
Anjum Aqeel Khan (PML-N) has won,
with Dr. Syed Israr Shah (PPPP) at no 2.

NA-49
Dr. Chaudhry Tariq Fazal (PML-N) has won
with Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari (PPPP) at no 2.

In Rawalpindi, again its a clean sweep:

NA-54
Malik Abrar Ahmed (PML-N) has won
with Zamurd Khan (PPPP) at no 2.

NA-55
Makhdoom Javed Hashmi (PML-N) has won
with Malik Amir Fida Paracha (PPPP) at no 2.

NA-56
Mohommad Hanif Abbasi (PML-N) has won
with Sardar Shaukat Hayyat Khan (PPP) at no 2.

Update (06:25 PM, February 19, 2008)

Current Party Position

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20 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine] Apple (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 1:36 am

    Clean Sweep … Cyclites … wow !!!

    Though I’m saddened at Sh. Rashid’s ousting but happens :)

    BTW, Altaf bhai’s already willing to talk with PPP and PML N in national interest !!


  2. A for [pine] Apple (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 1:41 am

    BTW for updates … you can click

    Dawn

    Geo


  3. Rizwan Elahi (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 1:42 am

    Criminals are back. lets hope they have learned from their mistakes and will make less mistakes now. We must accept them as a winner. And Musharraf has lived up to his promise. All the Atta shortage and electricity shortage was to make him look bad so the criminals of past can win. Think about this. Nawaz Sharif gave the name Mr 10% to Zardari now he was shaking his hands. Now i have more respect for Zardari than Sharif.
    I ask opposition do not leave country and prove that they are not coward like the left. All the losers should accept their loss and work for the good of Pakistan while in opposition. And all the winners congratulations. I hope all winners will work for the best of Pakistan.


  4. shaibee (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 1:50 am

    @ A for [pine] Apple

    Thanks for the links.


  5. Memorial Power (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 3:32 am

    You are very right Rizwan Elahi, I agree what you said.


  6. mir (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 6:05 am

    Actually, Nawaz may not need PPP, since Punjab seems to have decided not to split the League vote between Q and N. The well-planned atta and bijli shortage was an old trick, just like sugar shortage etc was used to demolish Ayub.


  7. thanos (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 6:10 am

    Congrats on the vote going through, and I’ll be checking back to see further results on the morrow.


  8. God... (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 6:17 am

    So was Lal Masjid also a trick to make Qatil league look bad? Was the Steel Mill case also a trick? Was the sugar crisis also a trick? Was the destruction of the judiciary also a trick?

    Why dont we accept that people who served for the last half a decade are just not good enough. They are jahil, corrupt, murderers and most of all puppets of a dictator.

    You cannot compare those who did not serve their full terms with those who completed theirs and brought our federation close to its destruction.


  9. YeahRight (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 6:18 am

    So was Lal Masjid also a trick to make Qatil league look bad? Was the Steel Mill case also a trick? Was the sugar crisis also a trick? Was the destruction of the judiciary also a trick?

    Why dont we accept that people who served for the last half a decade are just not good enough. They are jahil, corrupt, murderers and most of all puppets of a dictator.

    You cannot compare those who did not serve their full terms with those who completed theirs and brought our federation close to its destruction.


  10. Name (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 6:25 am

    So was Lal Masjid also a trick to make Qatil league look bad? Was the Steel Mill case also a trick? Was the sugar crisis also a trick? Was the destruction of the judiciary also a trick?

    Why dont we accept that people who served for the last half a decade are just not good enough. They are jahil, corrupt, murderers and most of all puppets of a dictator.

    You cannot compare those who did not serve their full terms with those who completed theirs and brought our federation close to its destruction.


  11. Rizwan Elahi (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 7:44 am

    What bothers me the most how Nawaz Sharif talks. He is a man with low IQ. He has been threatening opposition in his every speech. His Mission for next five years will be to take revenge not Pakistan. At least this is how he sounds.
    Now back to Lal Masjid and other issues. Remember Pakistan is 60 yrs mess. Do not think this can be fixed over night. Nawaz Sharif makes roads with borrowed money is not the solution to 60 yrs problems. Nawaz Sharif will do anything to look good but its not easy to do things for Pakistan first even if they make people of Pakistan unhappy. This is what Musharraf is all about going after the foundation of Pakistan then building Pakistan on strong foundation so Pakistan can live forever. Not that building Pakistan on weak foundation like NS does.
    Time will tell show Msuharraf was the true Paksitani worker.


  12. IUnknown (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 10:26 am

    BTW, Altaf bhai’s already willing to talk with PPP and PML N in national interest !!

    kill that altaf bastard!

    im sure his candidates have got not more than 1000 votes as most of ppl were sitting at home.

    i thinmk polling was started two days before the official date as his cheapster candidates have got 50,000 votes and even q got 1,83,000 votes.

    How is that possible in a day?? keeping in mind that no one loves mqm


  13. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    I love seeing this again and again :)

    http://tinyurl.com/345s6d


  14. shahab (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

    On IUNKNOWN’s comment : I see that you are sadly unaware of the political scenario in the city of karachi. The people there worship the MQM, and with such a huge population the turn out does not surprise me at all. Whether we agree with the policies of the MQM or not is a seperate matter, but doubting their votes is unjustifiable. There will be a very long time before you’ll see in Karachi, what you saw in Gujrat.


  15. closed_minds (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 12:29 am

    "keeping in mind that no one loves mqm", I can just pray for you "IUnknown". Get well soon!!!


  16. Rizwan Elahi (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 7:56 am

    Nawaqz Sharif is not very smart person and he disappoints me the most.He makes Zardari look good. May be Zardari is better than him after its Nawaz Sharif who gave him the bad name by give him Mr. 10% honor. So who to believe? Ok now we have 2 choices either we forgive every one or we do not forgive anyone. We can not be forgiving one and not the other. All of them made mistakes the one who do not make mistakes they sit out side such as Imran Khan. I am very proud of losers as they gave the civilized statements. Opposition can play better role by working with ruling party in the interest of Pakistan.
    I hope losers will not cause atta shortage like winners did to make Musharraf look bad. I pray if Pakistan ever in the situation like we were after BB’s death, I hope all the losers will not destroy Pakistan like the winners of this elections did after BB’s death.
    I hope losers will not leave the country and come back just to participate in elections.

    I also Ask Nawaz Sharif why he was not in Pakistan the time of Earthquake when the whole world cried for the victims of earthquake.
    I hope PML-Q will set better examples.
    So far PML-Q has shown brave attitude by accepting their losses and by congratulating winners. This is what healthy nation’s leader do.
    At the end Musharraf Jeo Hazarooo Saaal.


  17. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 9:47 am

    Some people seldom change their ways … as Mr. Wasi Zafar


  18. shaibee (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 10:38 am

    @ Rizwan Elahi

    Are you some cousin of Pervez Elahi or something ? :)

    No offense please.


  19. Rizwan Elahi (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 11:15 am

    No I am not. I am all for the people who are in the interest of Pakistan, I do not care who they are as long they are in the interest of Pakistan.


  20. Rizwan Elahi (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

    Insha Allah our country will grow strong as strong foundation Musharraf has set for Pakistan. Today all parties know better that media is free and its going to be hard to put media in jail. Free media means they better think before they say anything. Because everything they say becomes part of record. Even free judiciary will play the same role. Will keep everyone on their feet. Every Pakistani must play a role of intelligence of Pakistan by keeping their eyes and ears open for the out sider enemies inside Pakistan.
    Now lets get on electricity , poors issues. Stop talking about other things lets talk about the needs of people.
    Amazing how some on tv are still complaining about Musharraf forgetting now they need to play their role. Many of them are paranoid about Musharraf. Musharraf does the right thing but they get scared.



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