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Pakistan Election Results 2024 Highlights: Nawaz Sharif seeks a coalition govt after trailing jailed rival Imran Khan

Pakistan Election Results 2024 Highlights: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) released the initial outcomes of the 2024 elections in the early hours of Friday, over 10 hours following the close of voting. Check all the Pakistan Election Results 2024 Live Updates here on LiveMint.

Pakistan Election Results 2024 Live Updates: Television journalists report from in front of a screen showing live results in the Election Commission office in Islamabad on February 9, 2024, a day after Pakistan's national elections. Independent candidates linked to jailed former prime minister Imran Khan were outperforming expectations on February 9 in early tallies from Pakistan's election, after a long delay in results added to accusations of poll rigging. (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP)

Pakistan Election Results 2024 Highlights: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has won National and Provincial Assembly seats in Lahore, as reported by ARY News on Friday, citing the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Voting concluded in Pakistan for parliamentary elections on Thursday at 5 pm amidst escalating militant attacks and allegations of electoral misconduct, raising concerns about the integrity of the vote and the likelihood of a coalition government formation due to deep political divisions.

Meanwhile, Pakistan suspended mobile phone services across the nation on Thursday citing the need to preserve order amidst anticipated unrest surrounding the contentious polls.

Following the election, the newly elected parliament will select a prime minister. If no single party secures a majority, the party with the largest portion of assembly seats can form a coalition government.

However, the incoming government will confront formidable challenges, including managing internal unrest, addressing a severe economic crisis, and tackling illegal migration.

Inflation is soaring at nearly 30 per cent, with the rupee plummeting for the past three years, and a significant balance of payments deficit has led to a halt in imports, significantly hindering industrial expansion.


Check all the Pakistan Election Results 2024 Live Updates here on LiveMint.

10 Feb 2024, 07:09 AM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: A day after general election in Pakistan

Supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), shout slogans during a protest outside a temporary election commission office demanding free and fair results of the election, in Peshawar, Pakistan, February 9, 2024. 

10 Feb 2024, 06:55 AM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: Pakistan may face more economic misery if election result unclear

The possibility of a political stalemate in Pakistan leading to delays in both reforms and crucial foreign funding has sparked a selloff in its international bonds and fuelled analysts' fears of further economic misery for the country.

Results coming in from Thursday's election saw an unexpectedly strong showing for independents - mostly supporters of jailed former prime minister Imran Khan - trailed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People's Party of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

10 Feb 2024, 06:45 AM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: Nawaz Sharif says he will seek a coalition govt after trailing jailed rival Khan

The former prime minister of Pakistan expected his party would claim an easy victory in the country’s parliamentary elections, sending him to the top job for a fourth time. Instead, Nawaz Sharif faces a difficult path to power.

Independent candidates backed by his imprisoned rival, Imran Khan, were leading in the vote count Friday, a surprisingly strong showing given assertions by Khan’s supporters and a national rights body that the balloting was manipulated to favor Sharif.

10 Feb 2024, 06:33 AM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: US, UK and EU urge probe into Pakistan election, express concerns

The United States, Britain and the European Union on Friday separately expressed concerns about Pakistan's electoral process in the wake of a vote on Thursday and urged a probe into reported irregularities.

The main battle was between former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's party and candidates backed by ex-prime minister Imran Khan. Both declared victory separately.

09 Feb 2024, 10:39 PM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: US questions ‘undue restrictions’ during polls, calls for fraud probe

“We join credible international and local election observers in their assessment that these elections included undue restrictions on freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly. We condemn electoral violence... and are concerned about allegations of interference in the electoral process. Claims of interference or fraud should be fully investigated," State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement. 

The Biden administration however insisted that it was “prepared to work with the next Pakistani government, regardless of political party, to advance our shared interests" — including trade, investment and security cooperation.

09 Feb 2024, 10:19 PM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: Supporters cheer for Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore

Supporters of Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif' party 'Pakistan Muslim League-N' greet their leader, top center, who arrives to deliver a speech following party victory in the initial results of the country's parliamentary election, in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. AP/PTI(AP02_09_2024_000376A)
09 Feb 2024, 10:14 PM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: Independents win 92 of the 225 seats as counting continues

09 Feb 2024, 09:25 PM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: Markets hit as Independents lead polls

The unexpected wins of independent candidates had a negative impact on markets. The nation’s dollar bonds fell with the bond maturing in 2051 down the most in seven months and the benchmark stock index declined 2%, the most in two months

09 Feb 2024, 09:19 PM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: PTI members to meet Imran Khan in jail tomorrow

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party will consult senior leadership on national election results. A senior aide told Geo News that members of the party will meet Khan in jail on Saturday.

09 Feb 2024, 08:38 PM IST Want our relations with the world to be better: Nawaz Sharif

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, has said he's discussing forming a coalition government. Nawaz Sharif did not disclose how many seats his party had won and counting was still underway in the last few of the 265 seats that went to the polls.

Addressing his party workers, Nawaz Sharif said, “We want our relations with the world to be better...We will improve our relations with them and resolve all our issues with them."

The counting is underway and the latest figures show his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) winning 42 seats, much below the 133 mark needed to stake claim to form a government.

09 Feb 2024, 08:28 PM IST Nawaz Sharif claims victory in national polls

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday claimed victory in national elections, saying that his political party has emerged as the largest in the vote and will discuss forming a coalition government.

(via Reuters)

09 Feb 2024, 08:19 PM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: Shehbaz Sharif, ex-FM Ishaq Dar to meet other parties for govt formation talks

"Shehbaz Sharif and former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will meet other parties tonight to talk about forming a government, says former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

09 Feb 2024, 07:15 PM IST Imran Khan's party rules out alliance with PPP and PML-N

“We are not in contact with PPP or PML-N. We are not intending to form a coalition government with PPP and PML-N. We will form the government at the Centre and Punjab," PTI chairman Barrister Gohar Khan was quoted as saying by the Geo News.

He claimed that his party was winning 150 National Assembly seats and would be able to achieve the required number of seats to form government at the Centre.

09 Feb 2024, 06:56 PM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: PTI-backed Suriya Bibi becomes first woman to win PK-01 seat from Chitral

Suriya Bibi has become the first woman to secure the PK-01 seat from Chitral. The PTI-backed candidate secured 18,914 votes.

“After a thorough contemplation on the prevailing issues in my constituency, I realized that it was only the woman’s role in the development of the society that had been neglected and discouraged for decades again and again," she told Dawn.

09 Feb 2024, 06:42 PM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: PPP says Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's votes went ‘missing’

PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari lost the Lahore National Assembly seat NA-127 to PML-N's Atta Tarar after securing only 15,000 votes. PPP Senator Sherry Rehman however alleged that the party chairman’s votes have gone “missing" and blamed the blockage of mobile phone services for the “chaos".

09 Feb 2024, 06:02 PM IST 3 PTI workers critically injured in Shangla: Report

According to a Dawn report, three PTI workers were critically injured in the Shangla region on Friday. They had been protesting protesting against change in the election results overnight.

09 Feb 2024, 05:24 PM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 LIVE Updates: Allies of jailed ex-PM Imran Khan take half-way lead

The latest results in a slow counting process showed PTI loyalists had so far won around 49 seats in the 266-member national assembly, against 42 for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and 34 for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), with just over half of constituencies called. Unofficial tallies on local TV stations had independents in the lead for many of the remaining seats up for grabs.

09 Feb 2024, 05:23 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Independents win 49 of 136 counted seats

The Pakistan Election Commission website indicates that independent candidates — mostly backed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan — have won 49 of 136 counted seats.

09 Feb 2024, 04:37 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 LIVE: Both PTI and PML-N claim victory amid counting of votes

09 Feb 2024, 04:02 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 LIVE: Nawaz Sharif's party says he is set to deliver 'victory speech'

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday said its supremo Nawaz Sharif is set to deliver a "victory speech" after the final results of the general elections and that it is in contact with the independent candidates backed by jailed former premier Imran Khan's party.

09 Feb 2024, 03:43 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 LIVE: Why has the counting of votes been delayed?

Election Commission officials are attributing the delay to a day-long mobile network shutdown imposed by the government during voting on Thursday. Allegations of poll rigging overshadowed the election, as well as authorities' voting day shutdown of the country's mobile phone network – ostensibly on security grounds.

09 Feb 2024, 03:28 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 LIVE: Candidates backed by Imran Khan's PTI win 49 seats

Candidates backed by Khan’s party win 49 seats out of 122 that have been announced by the Election Commission. The Pakistan Muslim League party of three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had 39 seats, while the Pakistan People's Party had 30. 

More results are coming in, with all expected by Friday night.

09 Feb 2024, 03:20 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 LIVE: Connectivity woes derail new EC app

The Pakistan Election Commission's promise of timely announcement of results without depending on the internet fell flat on its face when the absence of connectivity brought forth a set of unexpected yet familiar challenges. Presiding Officers at a number of polling stations found themselves unable to transmit the final results of their respective stations using the much-touted and homegrown system on Thursday evening.

09 Feb 2024, 03:07 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 LIVE: Traders in Gilgit-Baltistan amid polls

Local traders in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's Gilgit city staged a protest against repeated incidents of burglary and unlawfulness in the area. They complained that the unlawful activities were happening due to security lapse and irresponsible behaviour of the security agencies.

09 Feb 2024, 03:04 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Independents win 41 of 101 counted seats

The Pakistan Election Commission website indicates that independent candidates — mostly backed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan — have won 41 of 101 counted seats.

09 Feb 2024, 02:16 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed's son loses from Lahore

UN-proscribed terrorist Muhammad Hafiz Saeed's son Talha Saeed has lost out to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed Latif Khosa from Lahore's NA 122 seat as results of counting of votes of the elections held in Pakistan a day ago came in on Friday, local media reported.

Latif Khosa garnered 117,109 votes while Talha Saeed received only 2024 votes. The Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique got 77907 votes, as per local media reports. (ANI)

09 Feb 2024, 02:02 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Nine Killed, Dozens Injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan election violence

At least nine people lost their lives, and over a dozen sustained injuries in a series of violent incidents on Thursday, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Dera Ismail Khan district and multiple districts of Balochistan, as per Dawn.

In Dera Ismail Khan, five police personnel were martyred, and two others were injured as an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated within the jurisdiction of Kulachi police station.

According to Dawn, the incident occurred while a police vehicle was patrolling the Gara Aslam area of Kulachi for election security. Militants ambushed the vehicle, resulting in casualties. (ANI)

09 Feb 2024, 01:43 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: With over 100 seats counted, Imran Khan's supporters lead in Pakistan

Supporters of jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan had the edge on Friday in Pakistan's election results from over 100 seats, local media said, after vote counts were hit by unusual delays that the government ascribed to a suspension of mobile phone services.

Geo News said independents, who mostly owe allegiance to Khan, had won 47 of 106 seats for which it had results. A total of 265 seats were contested in Thursday's election.

By 0800 GMT, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had announced 70 official results, with independents getting 24. (Reuters)

09 Feb 2024, 01:32 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Imran Khan's party-backed independent candidates lead in Pakistan elections

Jailed former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan's party-backed independent candidates seemed to be gaining the upper hand after the results of the general elections started trickling in on Friday following unusual delays that led to allegations of rigging.

Votes are still being counted in Pakistan after Thursday's general election which was marred by allegations of rigging, sporadic violence and a countrywide mobile phone shutdown. (PTI)

09 Feb 2024, 01:13 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Pakistan Elections: PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif is ‘winner’ from Lahore, clinches over 170,000 votes

As results trickled in from the counting of votes in Pakistan general elections, three-time former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had won 12 seats, Dawn reported.

The daily, citing provisional results of the Election Commission of Pakistan, said that independent candidates backed by jailed former prime minister Imran Khan's party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) had won 8 seats.

Khan was disqualified from contesting the elections due to criminal convictions, and his supporters contested as independent candidates. (ANI)

09 Feb 2024, 01:02 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Partial results in election are released after a delay

Partial results of Pakistan's election are released after a delay, showing the party of former Prime Minister Sharif with an edge. (AP)

09 Feb 2024, 12:46 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: What caused the delay in poll results? Interior ministry says 'lack of communication'

Attributing the delay in the Pakistan general election results to a "lack of communication", Pakistan's interior ministry on Friday said that the media and the public is concerned about the late processing of results.

According to the Dwan, the Pakistani ministry attributed the delay to a “lack of communication", which was a result of preventive measures taken to ensure foolproof security.

In a post on X, the ministry said that the delay was assessed, stating that the situation was now “satisfactory". The interior ministry has expressed hope that the arrival of results would continue without interruptions.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has claimed that they are leading in 150 seats amid the counting of votes.

In a video shared on X From Imran khan's account of PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar in which he claims that PTI is leading at 150 votes and definitely, they will form a government in all over Pakistan whether it is Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

09 Feb 2024, 12:31 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Imran Khan's party claims victory in Pak elections; Sharif's PML-N makes counterclaim

Jailed former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan's party on Friday claimed victory in the general elections while alleging that results were being delayed to rig the outcome.

In a statement, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party also asked PML-N's supreme leader Nawaz Sharif, who was the favourite to win as he was backed by the powerful Army, to concede defeat.

The PML-N, however, rejected the demand and claimed that it was winning Thursday's elections.

Votes are still being counted in Pakistan after Thursday's general election which was marred by allegations of rigging, sporadic violence and a countrywide mobile phone shutdown.

There were dozens of parties in the fray but the main contest was among Khan's PTI, whose candidates are running as independents, former three-time premier Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (N) and Bilawal Zardari Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). (ANI)

09 Feb 2024, 12:18 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Early Pakistan vote results show Sharif has the edge

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party was slightly ahead in early election results on Friday, after vote counts were hit by unusual delays that the government ascribed to a suspension of mobile phone services.

By 0600 GMT, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had announced 47 results for the 265 contested seats in the National Assembly, with Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) winning 17 and supporters of jailed former prime minister Imran Khan 14.

Twelve seats were taken by the Pakistan Peoples Party of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of assassinated premier Benazir Bhutto, it said. The rest were won by small parties or non-aligned independents.

Khan is in jail and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party was barred from Thursday's election, so his supporters contested as independents. (Reuters)

09 Feb 2024, 12:09 PM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's party wins 17 out of 51 counted seats so far in polls

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's party wins 17 out of 51 counted seats so far in national election polls, the election body website reported. (Reuters)

09 Feb 2024, 11:34 AM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Delay in poll results due to 'lack of communication', says Pak interior ministry

The unusual delay in announcing the results of the just-concluded election in Pakistan was due to a "lack of communication", which was a result of preventive measures taken to ensure foolproof security, the interior ministry said on Friday.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced the first results of the 2024 polls in the early hours of Friday, more than 10 hours after voting ended amid allegations of rigging, sporadic violence and a countrywide mobile phone shutdown.

The delay in election results is due to "lack of communication, which was a result of preventive measures taken to ensure foolproof security", the ministry said in a post on X. (PTI)

09 Feb 2024, 11:05 AM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Shehbaz Sharif secures victory with 63,953 votes from Lahore as counting underway

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and the country's former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has secured National and Provincial Assembly seats in Lahore, Pakistan-based ARY News reported on Friday citing the Election Commisson of Pakistan.

The (PML-N) has secured four seats in the National Assembly, Dawn reported today citing preliminary reports from the country's poll panel.

According to the results received from all polling stations, Shehbaz Sharif secured victory in NA-123 seat by garnering 63,953 votes while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed independent candidate Afzal Azeem received 48,486 votes. (ANI)

09 Feb 2024, 10:58 AM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Imran Khan-backed independents win 21 of 50 seats so far

Independent candidates backed by former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan have won 21 out of 50 seats in the country's national elections according to counting completed so far, broadcaster GEO News reported on Friday.

A political party needs 133 seats in parliament for a simple majority. (Reuters)

09 Feb 2024, 10:50 AM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Imran Khan's party-backed independent candidates spring surprise

Jailed former premier Imran Khan's party-backed independent candidates seemed to have sprung a surprise as the results of the general elections in Pakistan started trickling in on Friday following unusual delays, leading to allegations of rigging.

Votes are being counted in Pakistan after Thursday's general election which was marred by allegations of rigging, sporadic violence and a countrywide mobile phone shutdown.

Pakistan authorities were moving at a snail's pace on Friday to announce the election results that in a surprising development showed disqualified and jailed ex-Prime Minister Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supported independent candidates leading the show. (PTI)

09 Feb 2024, 10:34 AM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Pakistan Media reports good showing by Tehreek-e-Insaf-backed candidates, Poll results delays set off speculation

As the counting of votes is underway for the Pakistan general elections held on Thursday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-supported candidates have put up a good performance going early trends reported by Pakistan media. However the continued delay in election result announcements have set of speculations of alleged rigging, Pakistan-based The Express Tribune reported.

PTI-backed candidate Shoaib Shaheen has secured victory with 11,729 votes in Islamabad's NA-47 constituency. He has secured the lead over Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Fazl Chaudhry who received 11,504 votes as per unofficial and unconfirmed results, The Express Tribune reported.

PTI-supported Waseem Qadir has emerged victorious with 78,703 votes in Lahore's NA-121 constituency. He secured a lead over PML-N leader Sheikh Rohail Asgher, who received 70,597 votes, according to The Express Tribune report.

According to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), PTI-backed independent candidates Muhammad Abdul Salam and Sultan Room have secured victory in their seats from PK-58 Mardan and PK-9 Swat. (PTI)

09 Feb 2024, 10:12 AM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: PTI alleges mass rigging as results delayed

Polling for general elections in Pakistan concluded amid allegations of rigging and the shutdown of cellular and internet services, Pakistan-based Dawn reported.

The voting process began at 8 am and continued till 5 pm. In the early hours of today, The Election Commission released the initial outcomes of the 2024 elections after over 10 hours following the close of voting.

The announcement came amidst accusations of electoral manipulation, isolated incidents of violence, and a nationwide mobile phone blackout. The South Asian country is struggling to recover from an economic crisis while it grapples with rising militant violence in a deeply polarised political environment.

09 Feb 2024, 09:49 AM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Pakistan Media reports good showing by Tehreek-e-Insaf-backed candidates, Poll results delays set off speculation

As the counting of votes is underway for the Pakistan general elections held on Thursday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-supported candidates have put up a good performance going early trends reported by Pakistan media. However the continued delay in election result announcements have set of speculations of alleged rigging, Pakistan-based The Express Tribune reported.

PTI-backed candidate Shoaib Shaheen has secured victory with 11,729 votes in Islamabad's NA-47 constituency. He has secured the lead over Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Fazl Chaudhry who received 11,504 votes as per unofficial and unconfirmed results, The Express Tribune reported.

PTI-supported Waseem Qadir has emerged victorious with 78,703 votes in Lahore's NA-121 constituency. He secured a lead over PML-N leader Sheikh Rohail Asgher, who received 70,597 votes, according to The Express Tribune report.

According to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), PTI-backed independent candidates Muhammad Abdul Salam and Sultan Room have secured victory in their seats from PK-58 Mardan and PK-9 Swat. (ANI)

09 Feb 2024, 09:31 AM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Delays in Pakistan poll results, Imran Khan's party alleges mass rigging

As results to the Pakistan Election face delays amid slow counting of votes, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has alleged that the mandate of people of Pakistan is being stolen. Imran Khan's party said that every independent result showed PTI winning by a landslide despite pre-poll rigging and oppression.

PTI stated that votes of each candidate are tabulated at each polling station on the Form 45. Imran Khan's party emntioned that copies of these forms have been collected by PTI candidate's polling agents, which show them winning by large majority. However, returning officers are now manipulating the results using Form 47.

In a statement released on X, PTI stated, "Let the world know that the clear and overwhelming mandate of the people of Pakistan is being stolen. Despite unprecedented pre poll rigging & oppression, there was a record, massive turnout on polling day. Every independent result showed PTI winning by a landslide. Form 45s are the primary source of election results at the lowest level."

"The votes for each candidate are tabulated at each polling station on the Form 45. Copies of these forms have been collected by PTI candidates' polling agents, which show them winning by a large majority. However, Returning Officers are now manipulating the results using Form 47, which is a summary of all the Forms 45 from each polling station," it added. (ANI)

09 Feb 2024, 09:22 AM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: Early Pakistan vote results show rivals neck and neck

Pakistan's main political parties were tied neck and neck in early results on Friday after vote counts in the general election were hit by unusual delays that the government blamed on a suspension of mobile phone services.

The South Asian country is struggling to recover from an economic crisis while it grapples with rising militant violence in a deeply polarised political environment.

An “internet issue" was the reason behind the delay in results, Zafar Iqbal, special secretary at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), said without elaborating.

The government said it suspended mobile phone services ahead of the election on Thursday as a security measure, and they were being partially resumed. (Reuters)

09 Feb 2024, 09:06 AM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 Live: Delays in Pakistan poll results, Imran Khan's party alleges mass rigging

As results to the Pakistan Election face delays amid slow counting of votes, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has alleged that the mandate of people of Pakistan is being stolen. Imran Khan's party said that every independent result showed PTI winning by a landslide despite pre-poll rigging and oppression.

PTI stated that votes of each candidate are tabulated at each polling station on the Form 45. Imran Khan's party emntioned that copies of these forms have been collected by PTI candidate's polling agents, which show them winning by large majority. However, returning officers are now manipulating the results using Form 47.

In a statement released on X, PTI stated, "Let the world know that the clear and overwhelming mandate of the people of Pakistan is being stolen. Despite unprecedented pre poll rigging & oppression, there was a record, massive turnout on polling day. Every independent result showed PTI winning by a landslide. Form 45s are the primary source of election results at the lowest level." (ANI)

09 Feb 2024, 08:41 AM IST Pakistan Election Results 2024 Live: US lawmakers condemn political violence, restrictions on freedom of expression

Amid the counting of votes in Pakistan, US Congress lawmakers have condemned the use of political violence, cell phone service shutdowns and restrictions on freedom of expression in the country.

US Congresswoman Dina Titus has condemned the use of political violence and the restriction on freedom of expression in Pakistan. She called free and fair elections the cornerstone of a functioning democracy.

In a post on X, Dina Titus stated, "Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of a functioning democracy. I condemn the use of political violence and the restriction on freedoms of expression in Pakistan. I am closely monitoring the situation on the ground and urge officials to adhere to the rule of law." (ANI)

09 Feb 2024, 08:15 AM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: UN chief concerned by violence, communication restriction on Pakistan election day

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday expressed concern about violence in Pakistan and the suspension of mobile communications services on election day in the South Asian nation, his spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

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 hours after voting closed - an unusual delay compared to previous polls.

"As Pakistan awaits the results of the elections, the secretary-general encourages all political leaders and society segments to maintain a calm atmosphere, as well as refrain from the use of violence and any actions that could increase tensions," U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.

"It is important for all candidates and supporters to ensure that human rights and the rule of law are fully respected in the interest of the Pakistani people and (to) resolve any disputes that might arise through established legal procedures," the spokesperson added. (Reuters)

09 Feb 2024, 08:11 AM IST Pakistan Election Result 2024 Live: 'Our people have spoken..,' says Imran Khan claims victory amid counting votes in Pakistan

As the counting of votes was underway for the Pakistan general elections held on Thursday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan claimed victory, saying that the people demonstrated their resolve to elect his party by turning out in large numbers to vote.

The jailed Pakistani leader also insisted on protecting 'Form 45' to guard the people's mandate and expressed confidence over his victory, saying, "no force can defeat an idea whose time has come."

"Despite every possible method employed to undermine the will of the people, our people have spoken via #MassiveTurnout for vote today. As we have repeatedly stated, "no force can defeat an idea whose time has come." It is now critical to guard the vote by getting Form 45," Imran Khan posted from his X handle.

'Form 45' is known as the Statement of the Count by the Election Commission of Pakistan. (ANI)

09 Feb 2024, 08:01 AM IST Pakistan Election 2024 Live: Jailed ex-PM Khan's allies outperform in Pakistan poll: local TV

Independent candidates linked to jailed former prime minister Imran Khan were outperforming expectations Friday in Pakistan's election, local TV tallies showed, as a slow trickle of official results sparked fears of a fix.

Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was barred from contesting Thursday's election as a bloc, but unofficial tallies by local TV channels showed independent candidates -- including dozens anointed by his party -- leading in the most constituencies.

By 6 am (0100 GMT) -- more than 13 hours after polling stations closed -- the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had announced just eight National Assembly results, with three seats going to PTI-linked candidates. (AFP)

09 Feb 2024, 07:46 AM IST Pakistan Election 2024 Live: ‘We are concerned about restrictions...,’  US denounces violence, curbs during Pak polls

The US on Friday condemned the election-related violence and internet shutdowns on voting day in Pakistan, saying that they were concerned about the curbs on the exercise of freedom of expression in the country.

"Pakistanis went to the polls today to vote. Pakistan's future leadership is for the Pakistani people to decide and our interests continue to be in the democratic process. We strongly condemn all instances of election-related violence. Election-related violence, we believe, affected a broad range of political parties across Pakistan," the principal deputy spokesperson of the US State Department, Vedant Patel, said during a media briefing on Thursday.

"It impacted polling stations, election officers as well as the Election commission. We are concerned about the restrictions on the exercise of freedom of expression. We are tracking reports of restrictions on Internet and cell phone access across Pakistan on polling day," he added. (ANI)

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