Imran Khan’s party ‘Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’ (PTI) has got a simple majority in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Pakistan PM Imran Khan
Violence prevailed during the assembly elections held in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Sunday. Two workers of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party ‘Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’ (PTI) were killed in the election violence. Apart from this, a case of beating of several policemen by the mob has also come to the fore. According to the latest results of the counting of votes, Imran Khan’s party has secured a simple majority. However, the official announcement of the election results has not been done yet.
After this election result, now PTI’s government can be formed in PoK. PTI won 25 seats in the election results. On the other hand, the PPP party of Bilawal Bhutto got 9 seats and the PML-N party of Maryam Nawaz Sharif got 6 seats. Jammu and Kashmir People’s Party and Kashmir Muslim Conference also won one seat each. Earlier, polling for the PoK assembly was held on Sunday. During this there were allegations of electoral turmoil and violence, in which two workers of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party were killed.
India lodged objection regarding elections
Voters were allowed to enter polling stations till 5 pm. However, people present inside the polling station were allowed to vote. Voting started at 8 am and went on till 5 pm. India had earlier opposed Pakistan’s decision to hold elections in Gilgit-Baltistan, saying it had no legal right to take action to change the status of the territory occupied by the army. There are a total of 53 members of the PoK Legislative Assembly, but only 45 of them can be directly elected. Of these, five seats are reserved for women and three for scientific experts.
Violence during election
A tough triangular contest was expected between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). However, PTI has now got a simple majority amid allegations of rigging. The counting of votes started shortly after the polling ended, officials said. Earlier today, at least two PTI workers were killed in a clash with PPP workers at a polling booth in Charhoi neighborhood of Kotli district. Police said two activists were shot dead by unidentified persons.
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