Independent Candidates Lead as PTI Calls for Nationwide Protest

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced a nationwide protest scheduled for Sunday, in response to delays in the publication of the country’s election results. The party’s core committee made the decision to hold peaceful protests across the country at 2:00 p.m. to uphold the sanctity of the vote.

The call for protest comes as independent candidates lead with 92 seats. The PTI’s core committee meeting, which led to the decision, also discussed the election results and the party’s future course of action. The committee also deliberated on matters related to affiliations with specific political parties.

The PTI stated that the people have given their verdict in a peaceful and constitutional manner, and now it’s time to protect the mandate. The party also said that important decisions were made during the meeting, which would be implemented after consultation with PTI founder Imran Khan.

As per reports, the results for 259 out of the total 265 National Assembly constituencies where elections were held had been announced. The results showed independent candidates leading with 92 seats overall. The PML-N and PPP had won 77 and 54 seats, respectively.

Other parties such as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement bagged 17 seats, while the JUI-F had four. The PML and Istehkam-i-Pakistan Party (IPP) secured three and two seats, respectively. MWM and BNP clinched one seat each.

In addition, PTI-backed independent candidates have started moving high courts, alleging rigged poll counts. PTI-affiliated Independent candidates moved to the Lahore High Court (LHC), challenging the results of the PP-164 and NA-118, where father-son duo Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz secured victory.

Dr Yasmeen Rashid also challenged former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s victory in Lahore’s NA-130 constituency in Lahore High Court (LHC). Independent candidate Shehzad Farooq challenged Maryam Nawaz’s win from Lahore’s NA:119, while another PML-N candidate Ata Tarar’s win from NA:127 was also challenged in court by PTI-supported Independent candidate Zaheer Abbas Khokhar.

Rehana Dar, mother of Usman Dar, petitioned the high court for recounting of votes in Sialkot’s NA-71, challenging the win for PML-N veteran Khawaja Asif in the Sialkot constituency.

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