245 seats result Imran-backed candidates further ahead

Army has used all weapons to stop Imran

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Independent candidates backed by Imran Khan’s party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won more seats than any other party in the 245 constituencies declared in Pakistan’s national elections. Even if it does not get an absolute majority in the final election results, PTI’s strong position in Pakistani politics will send a new message to the world.

And if Imran Khan’s PTI-backed candidates get a majority, the victory will be memorable, said Maya Tudor, assistant professor of government and public administration policy at Oxford University. He said that in every other election in Pakistan’s recent history, the army’s preferred candidate had won. Many hurdles were also created in front of Imran Khan. The army has used every weapon at its disposal to undermine PTI’s power. They have done everything from canceling PTI’s party symbol, the cricket bat, to shutting down the internet on polling days.

Apart from Imran Khan, many leaders of the party have been jailed in various cases. Many leaders have fled as defendants in the case. Analysts believe that there are several reasons behind the surprise results of PTI-backed candidates in the elections despite this hostile environment. One of them is PTI’s huge support among the youth.

As these young voters are accustomed to new communication technologies, PTI leaders rely on digital media for election campaigning. Even from imprisonment and hiding, they conveyed their message to the voters through digital media. In order to avoid the eyes of the law and order forces including the police, many joined the rally from unknown places through virtual means and addressed the rally.

Despite all this, if the PTI-backed candidates can win, then their way forward will also be difficult, Professor Maya Tudor thinks. He said fragile economy, conflict on almost every border, rising inflation—all these are now in front of ordinary Pakistanis. Political uncertainty will add to these problems if no one gets a clear majority in the elections.

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