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Pakistan Election 2024 Highlights: Counting underway, Imran Khan's party-backed independents ahead

Pakistan Election 2024 Highlights: Jamaat-e-Islami shares video of alleged rigging
Pakistan's general election result will be clear by early Friday.
Pakistan's general election result will be clear by early Friday.

Pakistan Election 2024 Highlights: Pakistan's 12th general elections were held on Thursday, and the polling commenced at 8 am local time (8:30 am IST). The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) of ex-premier Nawaz Sharif is tipped to be the single-largest party in the 336-seat National Assembly, while Bilawal Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is projected to be a distant second, followed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of cricketer-turned-politician and jailed former PM Imran Khan....Read More

The polling was for 266 seats in the 336-member National Assembly; the remaining 70 are reserved for women and non-Muslims. Around 13 million (13 crore) Pakistanis – almost half of the nuclear-armed nation's population (241 million/24.1 crore) – are eligible to vote.

If the PML (N) is victorious, or is the single-largest party, Nawaz Sharif, who returned home from the UK in October 2023, will become prime minister for a record fourth time.

What happened so far:

As voting commenced in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which shares a border with Afghanistan, assailants targeted troops in the town of Kot Azam, resulting in the death of a soldier, informed local police official Fiyyaz Khan. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

To ensure security and minimise disruptions, tens of thousands of security personnel were deployed at polling stations, and mobile phone services were suspended nationwide.

The suspension of mobile services was implemented by the Interior Ministry to maintain law and order, with no specified duration for its lifting.

A Pakistani politician named Mohsin Dawar has written a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan on Thursday. Mohsin alleged that Taliban took over polling station in Tappi, North Waziristan. He also claimed that three female polling agents were attacked.

A political party in Pakistan, Jamaat e Islami Pakistan has shared video of alleged rigging in the parliamentary election on Thursday.

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Feb 9, 2024 3:49 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 LIVE: Election result soon

The Election Commission of Pakistan has begun announcing the results of the general elections 2024, after parties expressed concern over the delay in declaring them following the poll process marred by sporadic violence and Internet shutdown. (PTI)

Feb 9, 2024 2:16 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 LIVE: Imran Khan claims PTI leading

Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has claimed it was emerging as the lead party in polls held Thursday and would form governments both at the centre and in provinces, as it thanked people on his behalf for speaking up via a "massive turnout" despite attempt to undermine their will. (PTI)

Feb 9, 2024 1:18 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 LIVE: Vote count marred by attacks

Pakistan counted votes after polling ended on Thursday in a general election marred by militant attacks and suspension of mobile phone services, with no indication of a clear leader seven hours after voting closed - an unusual delay compared to previous polls. (Reuters)

Feb 9, 2024 12:39 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 LIVE: Early trends favour Imran Khan

Jailed ex-premier Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party-backed independents were Thursday leading in a number of constituencies across the country, giving a tough challenge to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's PML-N in its stronghold Punjab, according to initial trends of the elections marred by sporadic violence. (PTI)

Feb 8, 2024 11:19 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 LIVE: Imran Khan on ‘massive turnout’ of voters

Feb 8, 2024 10:38 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 LIVE: Imran Khan's party-backed independents pose tough challenge to Sharif's PML-N

Jailed ex-premier Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party-backed independents were Thursday posing a tough challenge to candidates from three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's party in the crucial Punjab province, according to initial trends of the general elections marred by sporadic violence.

Feb 8, 2024 9:18 PM IST

Pakistan mobile network being restored after day-long election blackout: govt

Mobile phone services were being gradually restored across Pakistan on Thursday, the interior ministry said, after a day-long blackout during voting in general elections.

Feb 8, 2024 8:07 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: PPP Karachi president shares video of poll presiding officer's shocking claims

PPP Karachi president, Senator Saeed Ghani has shared a video of a presiding officer's shocking claims regarding the Pakistan parliamentary election on Thursday. In the video, the presiding officer is heard claiming that four ballot paper books were looted from his possession.

Feb 8, 2024 7:31 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Balochistan to announce poll results this evening, informs Caretaker Information Minister

Pakistan's Balochistan Caretaker Information Minister Jan Achakzai said that the province will announce election results later in the evening on Thursday, Dawn reported.

Feb 8, 2024 7:26 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Vote counting starts

Counting of votes has started after the Pakistan parliamentary election on Thursday, reported news agency Reuters. Earlier, voting closed at 5 p.m on Thursday.

During the election, nine people died in militant attacks across the country.

Feb 8, 2024 6:42 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Voting concludes in Pakistan

Voting has concluded in the Pakistan parliamentary election held on Thursday. A countrywide public holiday was declared to enable a total of 128,585,760 registered voters to cast their ballots, reported news agency PTI.

Internet services were shut down in various parts of Pakistan during the election. Political parties have alleged rigging in the election marred by sporadic violence.

Feb 8, 2024 6:20 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Nine dead in militant attacks

While the Pakistan parliamentary election is being held on Thursday, militant attacks have claimed the lives of at least nine people, including two children, reported news agency Reuters. Thousands of troops are deployed on the streets and at polling stations across the country.

Feb 8, 2024 4:47 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Pakistani politician Mohsin Dawar alleges Taliban took over polling station

A Pakistani politician named Mohsin Dawar has written a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan on Thursday. Mohsin alleged that Taliban took over polling station in Tappi, North Waziristan. He also claimed that three female polling agents were attacked.

Feb 8, 2024 4:24 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Political party in Pakistan shares video of alleged rigging

A political party in Pakistan, Jamaat e Islami Pakistan has shared video of alleged rigging in the Pakistan parliamentary election on Thursday.

Feb 8, 2024 4:04 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Economic challenge for next government

The next government in Pakistan will have to provide solutions to grave economic challenges plaguing the country currently. The new government may have to seek a new bailout programme from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the current arrangement will expire in March.

Feb 8, 2024 3:52 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif eyes majority win for his party

Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif cast his vote in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday. Talking to reporters, he emphasised the need of a "clear majority" win in Pakistan parliamentary election.

"Don't talk about a coalition government. It is very important for a government to get a clear majority...it should not be relying on others," said Sharif as quoted by news agency Reuters.

Feb 8, 2024 2:30 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Human Rights Council of Pakistan demands restoration of internet services

The Human Rights Council of Pakistan has demanded restoration of mobile and internet services in the country amid the Pakistan parliamentary election on Thursday.

"The government of Pakistan is shutting down mobile service and internet services in various cities of Pakistan. This is sad and cause for concern," said the Human Rights Council of Pakistan as quoted by news agency PTI.

"Provision of mobile service on voting day is a basic requirement in Pakistan. We request the Election Commission and the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take immediate notice of this issue. Restore mobile service in Pakistan," it said.

Feb 8, 2024 2:23 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Imran Khan's party alleges police picked its poll agents

Amid the Pakistan parliamentary election on Thursday, Imran Khan's party alleged that the police picked its poll agents in several areas of the country's Punjab province. The party alleged rigging in the elections, reported news agency PTI.

Feb 8, 2024 2:03 PM IST

Imran Khan's party says its polling agents picked up by police in Punjab province

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, alleged on Thursday that polling in various areas of Pakistan's Punjab province commenced without the presence of its agents. Some of these agents were reportedly detained by the police, purportedly to facilitate rigging in the elections.

PTI candidates are participating in the polls independently after the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the election commission to revoke the party's iconic election symbol, the cricket 'bat'. The PTI has accused the police of dismantling its polling camps.

Feb 8, 2024 1:49 PM IST

Four dead in a bomb blast, shooting incident in northwest Pakistan

Police said that four police officials were killed in a bomb blast and shooting incident in northwest Pakistan, Reuters reported.

Feb 8, 2024 1:36 PM IST

Pakistan Election LIVE: Former Prime Minister Imran Khan casts vote through postal ballot

According to sources cited by Pakistan-based Dawn, former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and several other incarcerated political leaders have cast their votes via postal ballots from Adiala Jail.

Among those who have utilised mail voting are former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid, and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry.

Feb 8, 2024 1:29 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 LIVE: PPP's Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on suspension of mobile services

Mobile phone services must be restored immediately across the country have asked my party to approach both ECP and the courts for this purpose: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Feb 8, 2024 1:00 PM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 LIVE: Voting underway

Polling underway in Pakistan; visual from a polling booth in Peshawar.

Feb 8, 2024 11:59 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 LIVE: Candidates, voting process | Explained

Pakistan is set to vote on Thursday, February 8, in the widely anticipated general elections, which will lead to the formation of a new government relieving the crises-ridden country for the next five years.

Being a parliamentary democracy, Pakistan is set to vote in the federal legislature or the House Assembly and four state legislatures. A total of 44 political parties comprising 5,121 candidates are contesting in the federal legislature, whereas 12,695 candidates in state legislatures.

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Feb 8, 2024 11:32 AM IST

Pakistanis say vote matters despite alleged election rigging

Pakistanis turning out early for Thursday's election said they believe their votes count, despite allegations of rigging in the nation's most fractious poll in recent history.

AFP

Feb 8, 2024 11:09 AM IST

Pakistan election LIVE: Pakistan votes amid rising violence and attacks

Despite the harsh winter conditions and the looming threat of violence, Pakistanis turned out to vote for a new parliament on Thursday, following twin bombings that resulted in at least 30 fatalities, marking the deadliest election-related violence prior to the contentious polling.

To ensure security and minimize disruptions, tens of thousands of security personnel were deployed at polling stations, and mobile phone services were suspended nationwide. The suspension of mobile services was implemented by the Interior Ministry to maintain law and order, with no specified duration for its lifting. The bombings, which occurred at two election offices in the volatile southwestern Baluchistan province, left over 30 dead and more than two dozen injured, casting a shadow over the electoral process.

Feb 8, 2024 10:45 AM IST

One security personnel killed in attack on vehicle in Pakistan's Dera Ismail Khan

A security personnel lost his life in an assault targeting a security forces vehicle in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, on Thursday. The vehicle, reportedly on election duty, was attacked by assailants, as per sources cited by Samaa TV. The incident occurred in the Kot Azam area amidst ongoing voting for national and state assemblies. Over 17,000 candidates are participating in the elections, where voters will select 266 candidates for the Pakistan National Assembly, who will subsequently elect the next prime minister through a majority vote, as reported by Dawn.

Feb 8, 2024 10:13 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Imran's PTI hits out at caretaker govt for suspending mobile services

Pakistanis, the illegitimate, fascist regime has blocked cell phone services across Pakistan on polling day.

You are all requested to counter this cowardly act by removing passwords from your personal WiFi accounts, so anyone in the vicinity can have access to internet on this extremely important day.

We are all in this together & we will win together!: PTI on X (formerly Twitter)

Feb 8, 2024 9:41 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Here are some key numbers

Interested in facts and figures? Check out the 2024 Pakistan general election in numbers. Read more

Feb 8, 2024 9:15 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Voters seen at a booth in Islamabad

Voting underway at a polling booth in Islamabad, the Capital of Pakistan.

Feb 8, 2024 8:57 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Mobile services suspended across country

The country's interior ministry has ‘temporarily suspended’ mobile services across the nation in view of ‘deteriorating security situation’ amid national polls, reports Dawn.

Feb 8, 2024 8:35 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Polling opens for 266 National Assembly seats

The polling began at 8 am local time and is being held to elect 266 members in the country's 336-seat National Assembly. The remaining 70 seats are reserved for women and non-Muslims.

Feb 8, 2024 8:10 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Indian security expert on pre-poll unrest in Pakistan

The attacks have been happening for over a week now... it's particularly bad in Balochistan because there's resistance in both- the Baloch areas as well as the Pashtun areas. People don't identify themselves in the elections... There are speculations that these attacks might be false flag attacks planned and executed by the Pakistan Army, speculating the fact that they do not want elections to be held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. In KP, there were assumptions that Imran Khan's PTI might do better. Some of these attacks will ensure that the turn-out at polling stations is low which means that voting goes as per the Army's plan: Sushant Sareen, defence expert

Feb 8, 2024 7:47 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Deadly blasts in Balochistan on poll eve

At least 26 people died, while more than two dozen were injured in the province of Balochistan, where a bomb exploded at the office of an independent candidate in the Pishin district, while a second blast took place in Qilla Saifullah, near the Afghan border.

The first attack claimed 14 lives, and the second, at least 10.

Feb 8, 2024 7:30 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: 12th general elections today

The polling is scheduled to open at 8 am local time (8:30 am IST). Around 13 million (13 crore) Pakistanis – almost half of the nuclear-armed nation's population (241 million/24.1 crore) – are eligible to vote.

Feb 8, 2024 11:09 AM IST

Pakistan election LIVE: Pakistan votes amid rising violence and attacks

Despite the harsh winter conditions and the looming threat of violence, Pakistanis turned out to vote for a new parliament on Thursday, following twin bombings that resulted in at least 30 fatalities, marking the deadliest election-related violence prior to the contentious polling.

To ensure security and minimize disruptions, tens of thousands of security personnel were deployed at polling stations, and mobile phone services were suspended nationwide. The suspension of mobile services was implemented by the Interior Ministry to maintain law and order, with no specified duration for its lifting. The bombings, which occurred at two election offices in the volatile southwestern Baluchistan province, left over 30 dead and more than two dozen injured, casting a shadow over the electoral process.

Feb 8, 2024 10:45 AM IST

One security personnel killed in attack on vehicle in Pakistan's Dera Ismail Khan

A security personnel lost his life in an assault targeting a security forces vehicle in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, on Thursday. The vehicle, reportedly on election duty, was attacked by assailants, as per sources cited by Samaa TV. The incident occurred in the Kot Azam area amidst ongoing voting for national and state assemblies. Over 17,000 candidates are participating in the elections, where voters will select 266 candidates for the Pakistan National Assembly, who will subsequently elect the next prime minister through a majority vote, as reported by Dawn.

Feb 8, 2024 10:13 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Imran's PTI hits out at caretaker govt for suspending mobile services

Pakistanis, the illegitimate, fascist regime has blocked cell phone services across Pakistan on polling day.

You are all requested to counter this cowardly act by removing passwords from your personal WiFi accounts, so anyone in the vicinity can have access to internet on this extremely important day.

We are all in this together & we will win together!: PTI on X (formerly Twitter)

Feb 8, 2024 9:41 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Here are some key numbers

Interested in facts and figures? Check out the 2024 Pakistan general election in numbers. Read more

Feb 8, 2024 9:15 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Voters seen at a booth in Islamabad

Voting underway at a polling booth in Islamabad, the Capital of Pakistan.

Feb 8, 2024 8:57 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Mobile services suspended across country

The country's interior ministry has ‘temporarily suspended’ mobile services across the nation in view of ‘deteriorating security situation’ amid national polls, reports Dawn.

Feb 8, 2024 8:35 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Polling opens for 266 National Assembly seats

The polling began at 8 am local time and is being held to elect 266 members in the country's 336-seat National Assembly. The remaining 70 seats are reserved for women and non-Muslims.

Feb 8, 2024 8:10 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Indian security expert on pre-poll unrest in Pakistan

The attacks have been happening for over a week now... it's particularly bad in Balochistan because there's resistance in both- the Baloch areas as well as the Pashtun areas. People don't identify themselves in the elections... There are speculations that these attacks might be false flag attacks planned and executed by the Pakistan Army, speculating the fact that they do not want elections to be held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. In KP, there were assumptions that Imran Khan's PTI might do better. Some of these attacks will ensure that the turn-out at polling stations is low which means that voting goes as per the Army's plan: Sushant Sareen, defence expert

Feb 8, 2024 7:47 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: Deadly blasts in Balochistan on poll eve

At least 26 people died, while more than two dozen were injured in the province of Balochistan, where a bomb exploded at the office of an independent candidate in the Pishin district, while a second blast took place in Qilla Saifullah, near the Afghan border.

The first attack claimed 14 lives, and the second, at least 10.

Feb 8, 2024 7:30 AM IST

Pakistan Election 2024 Live Updates: 12th general elections today

The polling is scheduled to open at 8 am local time (8:30 am IST). Around 13 million (13 crore) Pakistanis – almost half of the nuclear-armed nation's population (241 million/24.1 crore) – are eligible to vote.

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