More than three days after parliamentary elections were held in Pakistan, the official results were released, according to which independent candidates affiliated with former prime minister Imran Khan’s party won the most seats in parliament – .
Imran Khan was the Prime Minister of Pakistan between 2018 and 2022, after a no-confidence vote in April 2022. The popular opposition politician was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of corruption in August last year, and was also banned from public office. At the end of January, he and his wife were sentenced to another prison term due to the release of state secrets and corruption.
Since the resignation of the former prime minister of the Pakistan Movement for Justice party, more than 150 court proceedings have been initiated, and several of these have already resulted in verdicts. Because of his prison sentence, he could not even run for office in the parliamentary elections scheduled for February 8.
The independent candidates running in the colors of his party nevertheless performed well in the election, winning 102 mandates. The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz party led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif won 73 seats, while the Pakistan People’s Party won 54 seats.
However, none of the country’s three major parties obtained the 169 mandates required for a parliamentary majority, so they will not be able to form a government on their own. Therefore, it is not yet clear who will be the country’s next prime minister.
The fact that the election itself did not go smoothly could also have caused the election results to slip for several days. According to the Independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, there was little chance of free and fair parliamentary elections in the first place because many opposition candidates were prevented from running.
At least 28 people died one day before the elections. The first was a bomb that exploded in front of the party office of an independent candidate, killing 20 people. The second explosion about 150 kilometers away killed 8 people.
The Pakistan Movement for Justice party on Sunday called on party workers and supporters to hold demonstrations outside polling stations in constituencies where party members said election results were “withheld and delayed”.
In recent weeks, Pakistan has also become embroiled in the Middle East conflict after Iran carried out an airstrike on Pakistani territory. Pakistan also responded with a missile attack, and both countries were quick to point out that the attacks were not aimed at the countries, but at the armed groups hiding in their territory, and that they did not want the situation to escalate. About this .