Imran Khan’s PTI wins PoK polls amid rigging charges

Islamabad: Amid allegations of poll rigging by the Opposition, Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party has won 25 of 45 seats in Pakistan occupied Kashmir legislative assembly elections marred by deadly violence.

The PoK assembly has a total of 53 members but only 45 are directly elected.

His Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) won 25 seats in the 45-seat assembly in the July 25 poll, Chief Election Commissioner Abdul Rashid Sulehria told a news conference.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of former premier late Benazir Bhutto secured 11 seats, while the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which had previously held a majority in the body, took just six seats.

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz outrightly refused to accept the results. Taking to Twitter, PML-N Vice-President said that her party fought hard but it is not easy to deal with fraud.

“I have not accepted the results and will not. I have not even acknowledged the results of this fake government. Congratulations to the workers and voters. What will be the course of action on this shameless fraud, the party will decide soon, God willing,” Maryam tweeted.

PPP’s vice-president Senator Sherry Rehman had blamed the Centre for “systematic rigging” and said it was attempting to “steal” the elections.

Earlier, Prime Minister of PoK Raja Farooq Haider in a statement said: “The assembly elections were nothing but a farce exercise to hoodwink the people.”

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