Pakistan elections 2024: PTI-backed independents lead in final vote count, PMLN and PPP negotiate for coalition government

Independent candidates, most affiliated with the party of the jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan, have won 101 National Assembly seats in the General Election 2024 held on February 8.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced the results issued three days after the elections, raising questions over the delay.

As per the provisional results, outcomes for 264 out of 266 National Assembly seats were disclosed. In one constituency, NA-8, elections were postponed due to the tragic killing of a candidate, while the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has withheld the results for another constituency.

Khan’s PTI leads in final National Assembly in results by ECP

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) backed independent candidates are in the lead with 95 of 264 seats in the National Assembly, according to the latest reports on February 12.

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), the party led by three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, emerged second with 75 seats, lacking a clear majority. The party has not named its prime ministerial candidate, but party officials say Nawaz Sharif’s younger brother Shehbaz, 72, who held the post for 18 months until August last year, is expected to be named.

Former foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari-led Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) secured 54 seats. Bilawal is the heir to the Bhutto line and a leading political dynasty. The 35-year-old is the son of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated during a political rally in 2007, and former president Asif Ali Zardari.

The Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) won 17 seats, Jamiat Ulama-e-Pakistan (JUI-F) won four seats while the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) secured three seats.

Jehangir Tareen-led Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party and Balochistan National Party have secured two seats each.

Moreover, the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Pakistan (MWM), Pakistan Muslim League (Zia-ul-Haq Shaheed), Pashtoonkhwa National Awami Party Pakistan, Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), National Party and the Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party won a single seat each. 

National Assembly polling results

  • Independents — 101
  • PML-N — 75
  • PPP — 54
  • MQM-P — 17
  • JUI — 4
  • Others — 12

PML-N and PPP set to form coalition Govt

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), led by three-time former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), under the leadership of former Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, agreed on a “political cooperation” pact between their parties during a meeting between the two sides in Lahore, according to a joint announcement issued by the PML-N.

“PPP’s [co-chairman] Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari met PML-N’s delegation, led by former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif at Bilawal House in Lahore, reached a principled consensus on political cooperation between the PML-N and the PPP,” the PML-N said in the joint statement issued after the meeting.

The agreement followed claims of victory by both Nawaz Sharif and former Prime Minister Imran Khan after the national election, which left Pakistan facing uncertainty regarding the formation of its next government amidst multiple crises.

PTI leader Barrister Gohar Khan alleged that their candidates were defeated through rigging and has called on the party workers to protest outside the offices of Returning Officers (RO), where results were ‘delayed’.

“We claim with great certitude that right now, the PTI has achieved a lead on 170 seats of the National Assembly,” Khan said. “Out of these, 94 are those that the ECP is admitting and has issued Form-47 (provisional results).”

He further claimed that 22 seats — including three of Islamabad, four of Sindh and the rest of Punjab — were won by PTI-backed independent candidates, according to Form-45, but they were “converted to a defeat”.

Khan’s party vows to form government

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has also claimed that it has won 170 National Assembly seats and is set to form an alliance with any registered party to form federal government.

PTI leader Barrister Gohar Khan alleged that their candidates were defeated through rigging and has called on the party workers to protest outside the offices of Returning Officers (RO), where results were ‘delayed’.

“We claim with great certitude that right now, the PTI has achieved a lead on 170 seats of the National Assembly,” Khan said. “Out of these, 94 are those that the ECP is admitting and has issued Form-47 (provisional results).”

He further claimed that 22 seats — including three of Islamabad, four of Sindh and the rest of Punjab — were won by PTI-backed independent candidates, according to Form-45, but they were “converted to a defeat”.

Punjab Assembly results

In Punjab Assembly independent candidates secured a narrow victory with 138 seats, narrowly surpassing PML-N’s 137.

  • Independents — 138
  • PML-N — 137
  • PPP — 10
  • PML-Q — 8
  • Others — 3

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly results

In KPK Assembly PTI-backed independents dominated with 90 seats, with PML-N trailing behind with five seats.

  • Independents — 90
  • JUI — 7
  • PML-N — 5
  • PPP — 4
  • JI — 3
  • Others — 3

Sindh Assembly results

In the Sindh Assembly, PPP emerged as the dominant force with 84 seats, followed by MQM with 28 seats.

  • PPP — 84
  • MQM — 28
  • Independents — 13
  • GDA — 2
  • JI — 2

Balochistan results

In the Balochistan Assembly, the Pakistan Peoples Party took the lead with 11 seats, closely followed by the Muslim League-N with 9 seats.

  • PPP —11
  • JUI — 11
  • PML-N — 10
  • Independents — 6
  • BAP — 4
  • Others — 6

Note: The results of National Assembly and provinvial assmeblies published here are as reported by the state-run media.

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