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Pakistan election results highlights: Imran Khan accuses Indian Army of human rights violations in Kashmir

Pakistan elections results: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s party is ahead of rivals but may not get enough seats to govern the country on its own. Here are the highlights.

By HT Correspondent | Jul 26, 2018 23:43 IST
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Pakistani cricket icon-turned-politician Imran Khan declared victory on Thursday after a general election that has been marred by long delays in ballot counting and claims of rigging by opponents.

With more than 80% of the votes counted, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan, from Wednesday’s election, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Movement for Justice, was in a commanding lead in the nuclear-armed Muslim nation.

But supporters of jailed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the counting process was an assault on democracy in a country that has a history of military rule. Here are highlights on the election results:

10:50pm IST

Party standings in Balochistan

Party standings in Balochistan provincial assembly, according to Geo TV:

BAP: 12

MMA: 8

BNP: 6

IND: 5

10:37pm IST

Party standings in Khyber Pakthunkhwa

Party standings in Khyber Pakthunkhwa provincial assembly, according to Geo TV:

PTI: 66

MMA: 9

IND: 7

PML-N: 5

10:30pm IST

Party standings in Sindh

Party standings for Sindh provincial assembly are as follows, according to Geo TV:

PPP: 73

PTI: 21

GDA: 11

MQM-P: 11

10:20pm IST

Party positions for Punjab

Below are the party positions for Punjab province as reported by Geo TV:

PML-N: 114

PTI: 113

IND: 28

PPP: 5

10:17pm IST

Party positions

Below are the party positions as reported by Geo TV:

PTI: 118

PML-N: 60

PPP: 40

IND: 19

10:12pm IST

Seat standings

194/270 National Assembly seats announced, reports Dawn:

PTI: 98

PML-N: 49

PPP: 23

MMA: 4

MQM: 3

10:10pm IST

PTI wins from Karachi seat

PTI’s Saifur Rehman wins from NA-242 (Karachi east-I) with 27,333 votes, defeating PPP’s Muhammad Iqbal who gets 11,823 votes, according to unofficial results,reports The Express Tribune.

10:00pm IST

PML-N wins Faisalabad seat

PML-N’s M Shoaib Idrees wins PP-98 (Faisalabad II) with 55,690 votes, defeating PTI’s Muhammad Afzal Sahee with 44,938 ballots, according to unofficial results, reports The Express Tribuna.

9:55pm IST

PPP wins in Nawabshah seat

PPP’s Ghulam Mustafa Shah wins from NA-214 (Nawabshah-II) with 110,902 votes, defeating SUP’s Syed Zainul Abdin who gets 54,676 votes, according to unofficial results, reports The Express Tribune.

9:50pm IST

PPP wins in Sukkur seat

PPP’s Farukh Ahmed Shah wins PS-24 (Sukkur III) with 34,198 votes, defeating MMAP’s Zubair Hafeez who gets 10,414 votes, according to unofficial results, reports The Express Tribune.

9:42pm IST

PPP woman candidate wins from Khairpur seat

PPP’s Nafisa Shah wins from NA-208 (Khairpur-I) with 99,747 votes, defeating GDA’s Syed Ghos Ali Shah who gets 37,765 votes, according to unofficial results.

9:35pm IST

PML-N wins Okara seat

PML-N’s Noorul Amin Wattoo wins PP-186 (Okara IV) with 57,439 votes defeating PTI’s Khurram Jehangir Wattoo who obtains 50,320 votes, according to unofficial results

Independent candidate Maimanat Mohsin wins PP-184 with 60,506 votes defeating another independent candidate Raza Ali Gilani with 41,068 ballots, according to unofficial results

9:25pm IST

PML-N, ANP candidates win

PML-N’s Afzal Khan wins PP-40 with 52,456 votes defeating PTI’s Chaudhry Amjad Ali Bajwa who gets 36,149 votes, according to unofficial results

ANP’s Asghar Khan Achakazai wins from PB-23 with 11,154 votes defeating MMAP’s Molvi M Hanif who gets 9,401 votes, according to unofficial results

9:20pm IST

PML-N wins from Okara seat

PML-N’s M Moeen Wattoo wins from NA-144 (Okara-IV) with 1,18,670 votes, defeating independent candidate Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo who bags 1,05,585 votes, according to unofficial results, reports The Express Tribune.

9:15pm IST

PPP wins in Sukkur

PPP’s Syed Khursheed Shah wins from NA-206 (Sukkur-I) with 80,270 votes, defeating PTI’s Tahir Hussain Shah who gets 51,345 votes, according to unofficial results, reports The Express Tribune.

Balochistan Awami Party’s Sarfaraz Chakar Domki wins from PB-3 with 17,759 votes defeating independent candidate Baro Khan Barozai who bags 6,199 votes, according to unofficial results.

9:10pm IST

Bilawal wins from Larkana seat

PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto Zardari wins from NA-200 (Larkana-I) with 84,426 votes, defeating MMAP’s Rashid Mehmood Soomro, who got 50,200 votes, according to unofficial results, reports The Express Tribune.

8:42pm IST

PPP’s Mahesh Malani first Hindu to win

PPP’s Mahesh Kumar Malani becomes first Hindu to win a National Assembly seat from Tharparkar by defeating Arab Zakaullah in NA-222. He bags 37,245 votes while the runner-up receives 18,323 votes

8:40pm IST

Former interior minister snubbed

Another surprise defeat was that of former interior minister Nisar Ali Khan, a former confidant of Nawaz Sharif who had defected from the PML-N and fought as an independent. He lost in Rawalpindi. He was among the politicians who have consecutively been winning their seats since 1988. It was for the first time he lost in his home constituency. Awami National Party (ANP) leader Ghulam Ahmed Bilour also lost his seat.

8:27pm IST

Shehbaz loses from two seats, wins one

Shehbaz Sharif, who had contested from three parliamentary seats — Karachi, Dera Ghazi Khan and Lahore — was defeated by PTI candidates in Karachi and in Dera Ghazi Khan. However, he managed to win the Lahore seat.

8:25pm IST

Jolt for bigwigs

Former Prime Ministers Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Yousaf Raza Gilani, and Pakistan People’s Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari lost their strongholds. PML-N’s Abbasi lost both his seats, in Islamabad and his native constituency in Murree. He was defeated by Imran Khan in the capital. PPP leader and former PM Gilani lost his home turf in Multan. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who was fighting his first political battle from Malakand, lost by a huge margin of 10,000 votes.

8:15pm IST

Farooq Abdullah welcomes Imran Khan’s peace initiative

I congratulate Imran Khan. I’ll also say that his statement regarding India that he wants to have better relations with India and solve issues with dialogue, is kind-hearted.We want him to implement what he is saying: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah, reports ANI.

8:05pm IST

Rishi Kapoor praises Imran Khan

Rishi Kapoor praises Imran Khan, hopes for normalisation of Indo-Pak ties.

7:55pm IST

Final results in 24 hours

Final results will come out within 24 hours. There is no delay. Almost 90% of the results have been announced by returning officers in the field. We have received 82% out of it: Election Commission of Pakistan.

7:50pm IST

ECP rubbishes rigging allegations

Free and fair elections have been conducted. Turnout has been impressive, we will share the numbers tomorrow: Election Commission of Pakistan.

7:30pm IST

Sensex gains

The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) rallied on the post-election positivity with the benchmark KSE-100 index gaining 750 points to close at 42,089 points, reports Dawn. The index gained over 760 points within minutes of opening, to trade sideways for the most part of the rest of the session. The volumes climbed to 254 million while the traded value also rose to Rs 9.2 billion.

7:10pm IST

Bilawal Bhutto questons ECP

Bilawal Bhutto questions ECP over delay in declaring results.

7:05pm IST

Good that Pakistanis rejected Hafiz Saeed: Ahir

It is a good thing that the people of Pakistan rejected a ferocious terrorist like Hafiz Saeed. I hope Pakistan will now reject terrorism and finish their old habits: Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir, reports ANI.

7:02pm IST

Pak military audited polls: RK Singh

The military has audited the election, which is their own creation. They ensured that Nawaz Sharif and his daughter land in jail and do not get a chance to campaign. They were not granted bail as well. They also ensured that disturbances were created wherever (Pakistan People’s Party chairman) Bilawal Bhutto travelled for his meetings. I don’t see any change because as far as India is concerned, important matters like export of terrorism by them are not going to change. Military used to decide this policy and they will do it now as well: Union minister RK Singh, reports ANI.

6:58pm IST

Sheer rigging: Shehbaz

It is a sheer rigging. The way the people’s mandate has blatantly been insulted, it is intolerable: PTI quotes Shehbaz Sharif as saying.

6:57pm IST

Pak stock market shoots up

Pakistan stock market shot up nearly 2% in early trading on relief that Imran Khan was expected to be able to form a stable coalition.

6:55pm IST

Experts non-committal

“Imran Khan is the Army’s man. He is expected to do what the Pakistani Army tells him to do: former diplomat G Parthasarathy, who has served as India’s high commissioner in Islamabad.

6:45pm IST

Party standings so far

Party standings according to Dawn:

PTI: 120

PML-N: 61

PPP:40

MMA: 8

MQM: 8

6:35pm IST

Shehbaz Sharif loses

Shehbaz Sharif loses in NA-192 (Dera Ghazi Khan-IV) to PTI’s Muhammad Laghari, according to unofficial results

6:27pm IST

Will probe claims of rigging: Imran Khan

Anyone who has issues of rigging, we will help you facilitate and will open up any constituency that you want for investigation. When we asked for probes, we were not facilitated but now we will do it differently.We are ready to investigate any rigging claims with the opposition: Imran Khan

6:25pm IST

Have cancer hospitals and university: Imran Khan

I promised you I would make a cancer hospital, you gave me the money and we now have two cancer hospitals in Pakistan today. World class hospitals giving 70% treatment free. I promised you I would make a university in the most remote area of Pakistan, where poor students would get scholarships. I did it and proved to you: Imran Khan

6:12pm IST

Balochistan Awami Party leads in Balochistan

Unofficial results of Balochistan Assembly, according to The Express Tribune.

BAP: 10

BNP: 6

MMA: 8

ANP: 2

PTI: 3

PML-N: 1

JWP: 1

IND: 4

6:10pm IST

PTI leads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

K-P Assembly unofficial results so far, according to The Express Tribune.

PTI: 63

ANP: 5

PML-N: 5

MMA: 3

6:10pm IST

PPP leads in Sindh

Sindh Assembly unofficial results so far, according to The Express Tribune.

PPP: 57

GDA: 11

PTI: 10

MQM: 4

6:07pm IST

PML-N leads in Punjab

Punjab Assembly unofficial results so far, according to The Express Tribune.

PML-N: 116

PTI: 107

IND: 25

PPP: 4

PML: 6

IND: 1

6:05pm IST

Welfare state

Imran Khan says he plans to set up a Medina-like welfare state in Pakistan, referring to the governance system at the time of the Prophet.

6:00pm IST

Indian forces committing human rights abuses in Kashmir: Imran Khan

Upset at the way Indian media portrayed me. They portrayed me as a Bollywood villain. Want peace with India, want trade ties with India. Unfortunate that the core issue is Kashmir. India committing human rights abuses in Kashmir. Kashmiris have suffered a lot. India has only blamed Pakistan for anything happening in any corner of the world. Want good dialogue with India. If India takes one step, we will take two steps. Indo-Pak friendship necessary for the sub-continent: Imran Khan

5:55pm IST

Want open borders with Afghanistan: Imran Khan

If there is peace in Afghanistan, there will be peace in Pakistan. We want open borders with Afghanistan. We want mutually-beneficial pacts with US. Unfortunately, US only uses Pakistan for its purpose: Imran Khan

5:55pm IST

Will firm up relations with China: Imran Khan

Pakistan needs peace and stability. We will firm up relations with China and invite Chinese investments. We will learn how to fight corruption from China. The way they cracked down on their own officials is noteworthy: Imran Khan

5:50pm IST

PM House can be used for public purpose: Imran Khan

I want to stay in some small ministerial facility. PM House can be used for public purposes, may be an education centre. All resorts will be used commercially. People should know their tax is not stolen but used for their benefit: Imran Khan

5:47pm IST

Must ensure jobs for youngsters: Imran Khan

Our economy is at an all-time low. We have to look after ease of doing business. We have to see that investments come. Pakistan has the world’s second-largest youngest population. We have to ensure they get jobs: Imran Khan.

5:45pm IST

No political victimisation: Imran Khan

No political victimisation, state institutions will check corruption, accountability will start from me and my ministers. Now we have two laws — for those in power and those outside. But our guiding principle will be equal law: Imran Khan.

5:42pm IST

Should learn from China: Imran

No nation can survive with a small fraction of rich and a sea of poor people. We should learn from China how it distributes wealth. We have to fight poverty, it’s a big challenge. China is the biggest example in front of us, it lifted 70 crore people out of poverty in the last 30 years, it was unprecedented: Imran Khan.

5:40pm IST

Want a Pakistan for poor: Imran

I want a Pakistan that will work for the poor and weak, for farmers. I want a Pakistan that stands for humanity: Imran Khan

5:35pm IST

My prayers answered after 22 years: Imran

I thank god, after 22 years of struggle, my prayers have been answered. I have got the chance to fulfil my dream and serve the nation: Imran Khan tells media persons.

5:32pm IST

PPP’s Mahesh Malani becomes first Hindu candidate to win

PPP’s Mahesh Kumar Malani has become the first Hindu to be elected as member of National Assembly from Tharparkar by defeating Arab Zakaullah in NA-222. He has so far managed to bag 28,725 against Zakaullah who bagged got 18,323 votes.

5:30pm IST

PPP wins Karachi seat

Pervez Khattak manages to retain his K-P Assembly seats of PK-61 and PK-64, reports The Express Tribune.

PPP’s Saeed Ghani wins PS-104 (Karachi east VI), according to unofficial results, bagging 25,726 votes.

5:15pm IST

Multan turns out to be PTI stronghold

NA-158: PTI’s Muhammad Ibrahim Khan wins NA-158 Multan 5 with 83,304 votes, defeating former PM and PPP leader Yousuf Raza Gilani who receveid 74,443 votes.

PP-12: PTI’s Wasiq Qayyum Abbasi wins PP-12 Rawalpindi 7 with 27,351 votes whereas Independent candidate Chaudhry Nisar at second place with 11,099 votes.

NA-157: PTI’s Zain Qureshi wins NA-157 Multan 4 with 77,371 votes while PPP’s Syed Ali Musa Gilani at second place with 70,830 votes.

NA-118: PTI’s Ijaz Ahmad Shah wins NA-118 Nankana Sahib 2 with 63,987 votes while PML-N’s Shazrah Munsab Ali on second place with 60,764.

NA-81: PML-N’s Khurram Dastgir-Khan wins NA-81 Gujranwala 3 with 130,837 votes. PTI’s Chaudhry Mohammad Siddique runner-up with 88,166 with votes.

5:15pm IST

PTI scores in urban areas

NA -53: PTI Chairman Imran Khan wins Islamabad 2 with 92,891 votes while former PM and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi runner-up with 44,314 votes.

PK-61: PTI’s Pervez Khattak wins PK-61 Nowshera 1 with 20,647 votes. ANP’s Pervez Ahmed Khan runner-up with 16,054 votes.

NA-30: PTI’s Sher Ali Arbab wins Peshawar 4 with 73,781 votes as MMA’s Arbab Najeebullah Khan stands second with 18,111 votes.

NA-63: PTI’s Ghulam Sarwar Khan wins Rawalpindi 7 (Taxila) with 64,301 votes as former PML-N leader and independent candidate Chaudhry Nisar stands at second place with 48,497 votes.

NA-52: PTI’s Khurram Shehzad Nawaz won election in NA-52 Islamabad-1 by bagging 64,690 votes. He was trailed by PML-N candidate Tariq Fazl Chaudhry, who secured 34,072 votes.

5:10pm IST

PTI wins Multan seats

NA-124: PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz won election in NA-124 Lahore-2 by bagging 139,443 votes. He was followed by PTI candidate Nauman Qaisar, who secured 69,251 votes.

NA-171: PML-N’s Riaz Hussain Pirzada won election in NA-171 Bahawalpur-2 with 59,500 votes. He was followed by PTI’s Naeemuddin Waraich, who secured 53,109 votes.

NA-16: PTI’s Ali Khan Jadoon has emerged victorious from NA-16 Abbottabad-2 by securing 91,770 votes. Jadoon was followed by PML-N candidate Malik Mohammad Awan, who bagged 57,995 votes.

NA-155: PTI’s Amir Dogar has won the election in NA-155 Multan-2 by attaining 88,567 votes, unofficial and unconfirmed results from all polling stations suggested. PML-N candidate Sheikh Mohammad Tariq Rasheed stood runner-up with 71,457 votes.

NA-156: PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi wins polls in NA-156 Multan-3 by securing 93,500 votes, unofficial and unconfirmed results from all polling station suggest. PML-N’s Amir Saeed Ansari stood runner-up with 74,624 votes to his credit.

5:05pm IST

PTI leads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly unofficial results so far, according to The Express Tribune:

PTI:60

ANP:5

PML-N:5

MMA:3

PPP:2

4:55pm IST

Wasim Akram visits Imran Khan

Wasim Akram visits Imran Khan, congratulates him.

4:55pm IST

Imran Khan wins Lahore seat

Imran Khan defeats Saad Rafique in NA-131 (Lahore-IX), unofficial results reveal, reports The Express Tribune.

4:40pm IST

Balochistan Awami Party leads in Balochistan

Balochistan Assembly unofficial results so far, according to The Express Tribune:

BAP: 9

BNP: 6

MMA: 6

ANP: 2

PTI: 2

PML-N: 1

JWP: 1

4:30pm IST

Unofficial party positions

Unofficial party positions according to ARY News:

PTI: 116

PML-N: 63

PPP: 38

IND: 15

MMA: 12

MQM: 8

GDA:4

4:20pm IST

‘PTI is Pakistan’s greatest political power’

PTI spokesman Naeemul Haq while addressing the press described his party as “Pakistan’s greatest political power” and said it would not only form the federal government and the KP government, but also the Punjab government. In KP, he said, the PTI would use its progressive ideals to bring change.

4:15pm IST

Fehmida Mirza becomes first woman to be elected 5 times from same seat

Former National Assembly speaker Fehmida Mirza becomes the first woman in Pakistan to be elected for a fifth consecutive time from the same general seat. Unofficial results show the GDA leader won NA-230 Badin by a narrow margin by bagging 96,875 votes against her rival from PPP, Haji Rasool Bux Chandio, who secured 96,015 votes. Mirza had first won the seat in the 1997 elections.

4:12pm IST

PTI candidates on a roll

Fehmida Mirza wins from NA-230 (Badin-II) with 96,977 votes. PPP’s Rasool Bux Chandio comes in second with 96,015 votes according to unofficial reports.

PPP’s Raja Pervez Ashraf wins NA-58 with 125,090 votes, while PTI’s Ch Muhammad Azeem comes in second with 96,574 votes according to unofficial results.

PTI’s Atta ullah wins NA-250 (Karachi West III) with 30,052 votes, according to unofficial results.

PTI’s Haider Ali Khan wins NA-2 (Swat I) with 52,700 votes.

4:12pm IST

PTI strengthens lead

Abid Sher Ali loses to PTI’s Farrukh Habib in NA-108 (Faisalabad VIII) according to unofficial results.

ANP’s Amir Haider Hoti wins NA-21 (Mardan II) according to unofficial results.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi of PTI wins from NA-156 (Multan-III) with 116,272 votes, defeating PML-N’s Amir Saeed Ansari who got 84,940 votes.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman loses in NA-38 (DI Khan-I) to PTI’s Ali Amin Khan (80,236 votes). Rehman also struggles in NA-39 according to unofficial results.

4:10pm IST

PPP leads in Sindh

Unofficial Sindh Assembly results so far, according to The Express Tribune

PPP: 46

GDA: 10

PTI: 4

MQM: 2

4:00pm IST

PTI leads in Punjab

Unofficial Punjab Assembly results so far, according to The Express Tribune:

PTI: 96

PML-N: 89

PPP: 4

PML: 4

IND: 1

3.50pm IST

Hindu woman candidate trailing

Sunita Parmar Menghwar, the first woman to contest elections from Tharparkar, is losing to PPP and GDA stalwarts Faqeer Sher Bilalani and Arbab Togachi.

3:45pm IST

Bilawal Bhutto trailing

According to unofficial results, Bilawal Bhutto is trailing in NA-246 (Karachi South I), reports The Express Tribune.

3:30pm IST

Extremist groups, banned outfits fail

Despite massive campaigns, extremist and banned groups — including Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-backed Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek — have failed miserably in the general elections.

3:07pm IST

Imran Khan summons party leaders

Imran Khan’s summons leaders of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as early trends show a victory for the party. According to sources, the party leaders will discuss and decide the strategies for forming a government, IANS reports.

2:31pm IST

Imran Khan’s ex-wife congratulates him

Imran Khan’s British ex-wife Jemima Khan congratulates him for becoming the “next PM” of Pakistan, even though the official results are yet to be declared. In a series of tweets, she posted: “I remember IK’s 1st election in 1997- untested, idealistic & politically naive... 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.”

11:58am IST

Results to be announced by evening

Election officials said it will be Thursday evening before an official count confirms Pakistan’s next government.

11:40am IST

Imran Khan’s party still ahead

Reuters reports that 48% of the total votes have been counted. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) was listed by the Election Commission in its provisional results as leading in 113 of 272 contested National Assembly constituencies. Khan is expected to make an address at 2 pm today.

10:30pm IST

Stock market gains in early trading

With Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) pulling ahead, the stock market shot up nearly 2% in early trading on relief the likely coalition government will not be a weak one. Pakistan’s benchmark 100-share index surged as much as 1.9% to 42,136 points.

8:30am IST

Doubts raised in US over fairness in polls

The Trump administration said it was closely monitoring the situation in Pakistan but refused to declare the polls “free and fair”. Its mission in Pakistan did not deploy election observers primarily because of security concerns. Husain Haqqani, a former Pakistan ambassador to the US, said that the result of the election was “foretold”.

6:50am IST

Parties cry foul, allege rigging of election

Shehbaz Sharif, who leads the ruling PML-N party, calls the election a “shock to Pakistan’s democratic process”. “It is sheer rigging. The way the people’s mandate has blatantly been insulted, it is intolerable. We totally reject this result,” he says. The PPP also complained that its polling agents were asked to leave during the vote count in a number of voting centres.

6:15am IST

Imran Khan’s party claims victory, celebrate at night

Supporters of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf were out on the streets in the night, celebrating what they feel is their party’s victory. They reportedly parked their vehicles in the middle of roads, played loud music and danced through the streets in several cities, including the capital Islamabad. The celebrations led to several traffic jams.

5:50am IST

EC congratulates Pakistan for participating

Chief Election Commissioner Muhammad Raza Khan congratulated the people of Pakistan for participating in the election process. However, he acknowledged that the delay in announcing the results has “caused some annoyance”.

5:30am IST

Election Commission says done its job right

The Pakistan Election Commission held a press conference at 4am, in which it rejected “blatant” rigging allegations levelled by PML-N, news agency PTI reports.

3:50am IST

No conspiracy in delay in results: Official

A top Pakistani election official says results from general election were coming in late because of technical issues. “There’s no conspiracy, nor any pressure in delay of the results,” said Babar Yaqoob, secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan. “The delay is being caused because the result transmission system has collapsed.”

3:44am IST

Imran Khan’s party gets clear lead

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is leading on 110 seats, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in 67 and the Pakistan Peoples Party is at third spot with 41 seats. The results were based on reporting of 26 per cent of polling stations, reported the Dawn news website.

2:45am IST

Final results won’t be announced before late Thursday morning: EC

Pakistan’s Election Commission says it doesn’t expect to announce final results declaring an outright winner in the country’s parliamentary elections before late Thursday morning, reported Associated Press.

Early unofficial results have given cricket star Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party a commanding lead over his main rival, Shahbaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League.

2:12am IST

Bilawal Bhutto complains about delay in Karachi result

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto, who contested from a seat in Karachi, calls delay in result ‘outrageous’

2:01am IST

Party loses grip over Karachi

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement appears to be losing its grip over Karachi, Pakistan’s financial capital. The MQM, which claims to represent the Urdu-speaking population of Karachi, was leading on six of the 21 seats by Wednesday midnight. MQM and PPP were leading in six seats each and Imran Khan’s PTI on four seats.

12:45pm IST

Shahbaz Sharif rejects the result

PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif addressed a press conference in Lahore. “It’s such a blatant rigging that everyone has started crying. Today what they have done has pushed Pakistan back 30 years... We reject this result,” he said.

12:07am IST

Imran Khan’s party leads in 107 seats

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was leading in 107 seats and its main Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was ahead in 70 seats. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of former president Asif Ali Zardari was leading in 39 seats, reports Press Trust of India from Islamabad.

11:30am IST

Imran Khan supporters celebrate

The Dawn newspaper reports Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters have started celebrations across the country. His main rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and other parties alleged voter fraud in the elections.

11:15pm IST

No clear majority

A Reuters report says results are likely to to be known by around 2am (2.30am IST). Neither Imran Khan nor former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s party appeared likely to win a clear majority in the National Assembly.

11:00pm IST

Imran Khan’s security tightened

Pakistan’s cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s security was stepped up and additional force was deployed around his house as his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party emerged as the single largest party in the initial trends in the parliamentary elections.

10:55pm IST

PTI consolidates lead in Punjab

PTI leading in 66 Punjab seats, PML-N in 52, reports The Express Tribune.

10:48pm IST

PPP leads in Umerkot II

PS-52 (Umerkot-II): PPP’s Syed Ali Mardan Shah leads with 17,053 votes against GDA candidate Arbab Ghulam Rahim’s 4,850.

10:45pm IST

PTI leads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

PTI leading across 17 seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Awami National Party in six, reports The Express Tribune.

10:42pm IST

PPP leads in two Umerkot seats

PS -51 (Umerkot-I): PPP’s Ghulam Mustafa secures 22,021 votes against GDA’s Faqir Jadam Mangrio with 9,089 votes.

PS-4 (Kashmore-I): Unofficial results of 50 polling stations show Abdul Rauf Khosa of PPP securing 14,920 votes against Ghalib Hussain Domki of PTI who received 7,007 votes till now.

10:40pm IST

Abbasi trails

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, PML-N candidate and former Pakistan PM second with 4,677 votes in NA-57. PTI’s Sadaqat Abbasi is leading with 6,394 votes, Samaa TV reports, citing unofficial results.

10:40pm IST

PTI leads in Faisalabad seat

NA-110: PTI’s Raja Riaz leads NA-110 Faisalabad-10 polls with 6,984 votes. Riaz is trailed by PML-N’s Mohammad Afzal Khan, who has so far attained 6,124 votes.

NA-15: PML-N’s Murtaza Javed Abbasi leads the polls in NA-15 Abbottabad with 14,855 votes. Abbasi is followed by PTI’s Ali Asghar Khan, who has so far bagged 12,500 votes.

10:37pm IST

PTI leads in Swat Valley seats

PTI’s Saleem Rehman looks to be re-elected to his NA-3 (Swat-II) seat, according to unofficial results, as he leads comfortably with 30,221 votes. ANP’s Abdul Kareem lags behind with 10,457 votes. 71 out of 269 polling station results have come in so far.

NA-4: PTI’s Murad Saeed leads the polls in NA-4 Swat-3 with 434 votes. Saeed is followed by ANP’s Salim Khan, who has so far secured 198 votes.

10:37pm IST

PTI and PML-N neck and neck in Punjab province

PTI now leading across 56 seats in Punjab, PML-N in 51, reports The Express Tribune.

10:35pm IST

PTI candidates surge ahead

Unofficial results from 105 NA-17 (Haripur) polling stations show PTI’s Omar Ayub Khan leading with 28,749 votes. PML-N’s Babar Nawaz Khan is in second with 22,120 votes.

Unofficial results from 48 NA-7 (Lower Dir II) polling stations show PTI’s Muhammad Bashir Khan leading with 11,385 votes. MMA’s Siraj ul Haq is in second with 6,936 votes.

Unofficial results from 190 NA-19 (Swabi II) polling stations show PTI’s Muhammad Usman Khan leading with 21,000 votes. ANP’s Waris Khan is in second with 15,000 votes.

10:35pm IST

PTI consolidates lead

Unofficial results from 19 PP-295 (Rajanpur-III) polling station show PTI’s Farooq Amanullah Dreshak leading with 8,404 votes. Independent-Jeep candidate Pervaiz Iqbal Gorchani trails with 5,179.

Unoffical results from 10 PP-296 (Rajanpur IV) polling station show PTI’s M.Tariq Dreshak leading with 3,439 votes. Independent candidate Masood Akhtar trails with 2,200 votes.

Unofficial results from 10 PP-297 (Rajanpur-V) polling station show PTI’s Dosti Muhammad Mazari leading with 4,135 votes. PML-N’s Sardar Atif Mazari trails with 3,574.

10:32pm IST

PML-N leads from Swat Valley seat

Unofficial results from 33 NA-2 (Swat-I) polling stations show PML-N’s Ameer Muqam leading with 9,340 votes. PTI’s Haider Ali Khan trails with 7,031 votes.

Unofficial results from 18 PB-19 (Pishin-II) polling stations show MMAP candidate Asgher Ali Tareen leading with 3,385 votes. PkMAP’s Ghulam Mustafa Tareen trails with 2,506.

10:30pm IST

Other candidates win in pockets

ANP’s Hidayatullah Chamkani leads with 1,932 votes in 13 PK-76 (Peshawar-XI) polling stations.

DI Khan-I: Ehtsham Javed leads with 10,493 votes.

Unofficial results from five PB-10 (Dera Bugti) polling stations show JWP candidate Gauram Bugti leading with 1,072 votes. BAP’s Sarfaraz Bugti trails with 307.

PS -26 (Khairpur-I): PPP’s Qaim Ali Shah garners with 11,977 against GDA’s Abdul Ghaffar Shaikh with 5,097 votes.

10:25pm IST

PPP leads from Tando Muhammad Khan

Unofficial results from 64 NA-228 (Tando Muhammad Khan) polling stations show PPP’s Syed Naveed Qamar leading with 21,573 votes. GDA’s Mir Ali Nawaz Talpur is in second with 8,684 votes.

Unofficial results from 30 NA-144 (Okara-IV) polling stations show Independent candidate Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo leading with 14,295 votes. PML-N’s M Moeen Wattoo trails with 9670 votes.

10:20pm IST

PML-N leads from Narowal seat

NA-78: PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal leads the polls in NA-78 Narowal-2 with 30,998 votes. Iqbal is followed by Abrarul Haq, who has so far secured 13,755 votes, reports Geo TV.

10:17pm IST

Imran Khan leads from Lahore seat

NA-131: PTI chairman Imran Khan leads the polls in NA-131 Lahore with 726 votes. Khan is trailed by PML-N heavyweight Khawaja Saad Rafique, who has so far attained 196 votes, reports Geo TV.

Unofficial results from 50 PP-286 (Dera Ghazi Khan-II) polling station show PTI’s Usman Ahmad Buzdar leading with 12,710 votes. Independent candidate Nizamul Mehmood trails with 3,212 votes, reports The Express Tribune.

10:12pm IST

PML-N closes gap in Punjab province

PTI leading across 54 seats in Punjab, PML-N in 43.

10:12pm IST

Minor gains for hardline candidates

Unofficial results from one PB-39 (Khuzdar-II) polling station show MMAP candidate Mir Yunus Aziz Zehri leading with 129 votes. NP’s Sardar M Aslam Bizenjo trails with 87.

Unofficial results from one PB-39 (Awaran-cum-Panjgur) polling station shows BNP-A candidate Asadullah Baloch leading with 178 votes. BAP’s Abdul Qadoos Bizenjo trails with 15.

Unofficial results from PS-I (Jacobabad-I) show PTI’s candidate Muhammad Qasim leading with 10,860 votes. PPP’s Aurangzaib Panhwar trails with 4,330.

10:10pm IST

PPP leads in Multan seat

NA-158: PPP’s Yousuf Raza Gilani leads the polls in NA-158 Multan-5 with 5,200 votes. Gilani is trailed by PTI’s Mohammad Ibrahim, who has so far attained 3,996 votes.

NA-114: Independent candidate Ali Shah Iftikhar leads NA-114 Jhang-1 polls with 4,695 votes, followed by PPP’s Faisal Saleh Hayat, who has so far bagged 3,038 votes.

10:07pm IST

PTI leaves Oppn far behind

According to ARY News, PTI is leading in 90 seats, PML-N in 52, PPP in 30, Independents 20, MMA 11 and MQM 5.

10:05pm IST

Other outfits score in pockets

Unofficial results from PS-125 (Karachi Central-III) show MQM’s Abdul Haseeb leading with 241 votes. MMAP’s Abdul Baqi trails with 239 votes.

PTI’s Ali Haider Zaidi currently leading NA-244 (Karachi East-III) with 2,183 votes. PML-N leader and former finance minister Miftah Ismail trailing with a mere 434 votes. Unofficial results from 9 polling stations.

10:02pm IST

PTI ahead in Peshawar

Unverified results show close contest between PTI’s Jamshiduddin (1,015) and PML-N’s Ikhtiar Wali (967) in PK-63 (Nowshera-III)

Unofficially, PTI leads in PK-73 (Peshawar VIII) and PK-77 (Peshawar XI).

10:02pm IST

PML-N puts up a spirited fight

Unofficial results from two PP-279 (Muzaffargarh-XII) polling station show PTI’s Ashraf Khan Rind leading with 766 votes. PML-N’s Malik Ahmed Yar Hanjra trails with 362 votes.

Unofficial results from five PP-249 (Bahawalpur) polling stations show PML’s Ehsanul Haque leading with 3,432 votes. PML-N’s Khalid Mehmood Jagga trails with 3,138 votes.

Unofficial results from four PP-282 (Layyah III) polling station show independent candidate Muhammad Tahir 1,986 votes. PML-N’s Muhammad Riaz trails with 806 votes.

10:00pm IST

Mixed results in certain pockets

Former provincial home minister Sohail Anwar Siyal leads with 3,835 to GDA’s Akbar Hussain Rashdi’ 1,312 in PS-12 (Larkhana-III)

PS-104 (Karachi-VI) witnesses close contest between Mansoor Ahmed Shaikh of PTI at 202 votes against PPP’s Saeed Ghani with 181.

According to unofficial results, GDA’s Ali Gohar Mahar leads across three provincial seats (PS-19, 20, 22).

10:00pm IST

PML-N puts up good show in pockets

Unofficial results from one PP-257 (Rahim Yar Khan III) polling station show PML-N’s Muhammad Islam Aslam leading with 232 votes. PTI’s Masood Ahmed trails with 167 votes.

Unofficial results from 12 PP-239 (Bahawalnagar) polling stations show PML-N’s Rana Abdul Rauf leading with 3,811 votes. PTI’s Ehteshamul Haq Laleka trails with 2,012 votes.

Unofficial results from one PP-268 (Muzaffargarh-I) polling station show independent candidate Rana Aurang Zaib leading with 198 votes. Independent candidate Jaffer Muzamil trails with 172 votes.

9:57pm IST

PTI surges ahead

Unofficial results from five polling stations in PP-197 (Sahiwal II) show PML-N’s Malik Nadeem Kamran leading with 1,120 votes. PTI’s Sheikh Chauhan trailing with 710.

KP Assembly: Unofficial results from seven polling stations show PTI candidate leading in PK-21.

PML-N’s Aurangzeb Nalaotha gains 267 votes against PTI’s Waqar Nabi in PK-37 in unofficial results from one polling station.

9:55pm IST

PTI leads in 85 seats, PML-N in 50

Unofficial and unverified results show PTI leading in more than 85 NA constituencies while PML-N is ahead on more than 50 seats, reports The Express Tribune.

9:50pm IST

BNP’s Mengal leads

Unofficial results from 11 NA-269 (Khuzdar) polling stations show Balochistan Nationalist Party’s Akhtar Mengal leading with 2,560 votes. BAP’s Khalid Bizenjo is in second place with 790 votes. Akhtar Jan Mengal has been declared the strongest candidate after his party formed an alliance with JUI-F in Khuzdar.

9:45pm IST

PTI just ahead in Karachi seat

NA-244: PTI’s Ali Zaidi leads with 280 votes in NA-244 Karachi, while PML-N’s Miftah Ismail trails behind with 116 votes, reports Geo TV.

9:42pm IST

PTI scrapes ahead in Lahore seat

Unofficial and unverified results show a neck and neck competition between PTI’s Ejaz Ahmad Chaudhry with 29,592 votes and PML-N’s M Pervaiz Malik with 28,550 votes in NA-133 (Lahore-XI), reports The Express Tribune.

9:35pm IST

Bilawal Bhutto widens gap

Unofficial results from 18 NA-200 (Larkana I) polling stations show PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari leading with 5,218 votes. MMA’s Rashid Mehmood Soomro trails with 2,671 votes, reports The Express Tribune.

9:32pm IST

Shehbaz Sharif leads

Unofficial results from 41 NA-249 (Karachi West-II) polling stations show PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif leading with 4,230 votes. PTI’s Faisal Vawda trails with 3,011 votes, reports The Express Tribune.

9:32pm IST

PTI leads in Punjab

PTI leading across 45 Punjab seats, PML-N in 32, reports The Express Tribune.

9:30pm IST

Bilawal, father Asif Zardari leads

NA-246: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto leads with 1,155 votes in NA-246 Karachi, he is followed by PTI candidate Shakoor Shad with 765 votes.

NA-213: PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari leads with 2,022 votes in NA-213 Sujawal, while GDA candidate Sardar Sher Rind follows with 1,043 votes.

NA-189: PTI’S Sheraz Mahmood leads with 4,830 votes in NA-189 DG Khan polls. Independent candidate Mir Badshah is second in the race so far, with 2,476 votes.

NA-35: MMA candidate Akram Khan Durrani leads polls in NA-35 Bannu with 3,836 votes, while PTI chairman Imran Khan follows by 3,285 votes.

9:28pm IST

PTI ahead in Peshawar II

NA-28, Peshawar-II, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: PTI ahead, reports Dawn.

Arbab Amir Ayub (PTI): 6,815 votes

Shafi Akbar (ANP): 1,127 votes

Unofficial preliminary results from: 29/247 polling stations

9:25pm IST

PTI ahead of PML-N

Imran Khan’s party PTI leading on 64 seats; Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N on 46.

9:22pm IST

Imran Khan, Asif Zardari lead

PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is leading with 3,461 votes in NA-213 Nawabshah. GDA’s Sheer Muhammad Rind is second with 558 votes, reports Samaa TV citing unofficial results.

PTI chief Imran Khan leading with 762 votes with 182 votes for PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in NA-53 Islamabad-II, Samaa TV according to unofficial results.

9:17pm IST

PTI ahead in Peshawar III

NA-29 Peshawar-III, PTI ahead, reports Dawn.

Nasir Khan (PTI): 3,266 votes

Naeem Jan (MMAP): 2,163 votes

Unofficial, preliminary results from: 25/213 polling stations.

9:12pm IST

PML-N surges ahead in some seats

NA-131: PML-N’s Khawaja Saad Rafique leads the polls in NA-131 Lahore with 276 votes. Rafique is followed by PTI chairman Imran Khan, who has so far secured 72 votes.

NA-67: PML-N’s Raja Matloob Mehdi leads the polls in NA-67 Jhelum-2 with 1056 votes. Mehdi is followed by Fawad Chaudhry, who has so far attained 457 votes.

9:10pm IST

Imran Khan, Bilawal Bhutto lead

NA-200: PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari leads NA-200 Larkana polls with 420 votes. Bilawal is followed by MMA’s Rashid Soomro, who has so far managed to gain 128 votes.

NA-95: PTI chairman Imran Khan leads polls in NA-95 Mianwali with 3291 votes, followed by PML-N’s Obaidullah Khan, who has so far bagged 426 votes.

9:07pm IST

Initial trends suggest no clear winner

NA-193: PTI’s Sardar Jafar Laghari leads the polls in NA-193 Rajanpur-1 with 4343 votes. Laghari is followed by independent candidate Sher Ali Gorchani, who has so far secured 3836 votes.

NA-248: PPP’s Abdul Qadir Patel leads polls in NA-248 Karachi West with 61 votes, followed by PTI’s Sardar Aziz, who has so far secured 50 votes.

NA-124: PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz leads in NA-124 Lahore-2 polls with 9545 votes. The son of former Punjab CM is followed by PTI’s Nauman Qaisar, who has so far bagged 5221 votes.

NA-125: PML-N’s Waheed Alam leads the polls in NA-125 Lahore with 2313 votes. Alam is followed by PTI’s Yasmin Rashid who has so far bagged 673 votes.

9:05pm IST

PML-N gives up a spirited fight

NA-128: PML-N’s Rohail Asghar leads in NA-128 election with 88 votes, followed by PTI’s Aijaz Ahmed with 41 votes.

NA-78: PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal leads the polls in NA-78 Narowal-2 with 313 votes. Iqbal is followed by Abrarul Haq, who has so far secured 103 votes.

NA-115: PTI’s Ghulam Bibi Bhirwana leads NA-115 Jhang-2 polls with 71 votes. Bhirwana is followed by independent candidate Mohammad Ahmed, who has so far secured 50 votes.

9:02pm IST

PTI and PPP neck and neck and many places

NA-96: PTI’s Amjad Ali Khan leads the polls in NA-96 Mianwali with 1177 votes, followed by PML-N’s Mohammad Humair Hayat Khan, who has so far bagged 342 votes.

NA-206: PPP’s Khursheed Shah leads with 627 votes NA-206 SUKKUR-1, followed by PTI’s Tahir Hussain with 40 votes.

NA-208: PPP’s Nafisa Shah leads with 438 votes in NA-208 Khairpur-1. GDA’s Ghaus Ali Shah follows Shah with 67 votes.

8:57pm IST

PTI ahead in Islamabad I

NA-52 Islamabad-I, PTI ahead, reports Dawn.

Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz (PTI): 7,278 votes

Tariq Fazal Chaudhry (PML-N): 2,496 votes

Unofficial, preliminary results from: 28/245 polling stations

8:55pm IST

PML-N ahead in Gujranwala III

NA-81 Gujranwal-III, Punjab: PML-N ahead, reports Dawn.

Khurram Dastgir Khan (PML-N): 17,871

Chaudhry Mohammad Siddique (PTI): 13,213

Unofficial, preliminary results from: 55/309

8:52pm IST

PTI ahead in Gujranwala II

NA-80 Gujranwala-II, PTI ahead, reports Dawn.

Tariq Mehmood (PTI): 15,980 votes

Chaudhry Mehmood Bashir Virk (PML-N): 13,780 votes

Unofficial, preliminary results from: 50/277 polling stations

8:50pm IST

PML-N ahead in Gujranwala I

NA-79 Gujranwala-I, PML-N ahead, reports Dawn.

Nisar Ahmed Cheema (PML-N): 618 votes

Muhammad Ahmed Chattha (PTI): 587 votes

Dwan reports from 136/351 polling stations

8:45pm IST

PTI leads in Mianwali

NA-96 Mianwali-II, PTI ahead

Amjid Ali Khan (PTI): 47,320 votes

Muhammad Humair Hayat (PML-N): 9,647 votes

Dawn reports in 87/355 polling stations.

8:40pm IST

PML-N ahead in Gujranwala IV

NA-82 Gujranwala-IV, PML-N ahead

Usman Ibrahim (PML-N): 15,510 votes

Ali Ashraf (PTI): 13,433 votes

Unofficial, preliminary results from 50/283 polling stations, reports Dawn.

8:30pm IST

Imran Khan takes early lead

As per local media reports, Imran Khan’s PTI leads across 26 Punjab seats, PML-N in 19.