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:
Anjum Aqeel Khan (PML-N) has won,
with Dr. Syed Israr Shah (PPPP) at no 2.
Dr. Chaudhry Tariq Fazal (PML-N) has won
with Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari (PPPP) at no 2.
In Rawalpindi, again its a clean sweep:
Malik Abrar Ahmed (PML-N) has won
with Zamurd Khan (PPPP) at no 2.
Makhdoom Javed Hashmi (PML-N) has won
with Malik Amir Fida Paracha (PPPP) at no 2.
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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