Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan won a majority of seats in the by-elections held in Pakistan on Sunday. He contested in seven seats and won in six.
In a report on Monday, US media Bloomberg reported that Imran Khan is very vocal in demanding early elections in Pakistan and the victory of the former prime minister in the by-elections will put the country’s six-month-old government under a lot of pressure.
The report also said that Imran Khan contested seven of the eight constituencies held in Pakistan on Sunday and won six. All the votes in the by-election have been counted, the Election Commission of Pakistan said.
On the other hand, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), a member of the country’s current ruling coalition, won the remaining two seats. On the other hand, PTI also won the by-elections of two seats of Punjab province held on Sunday.
According to the country’s media, even if Imran Khan won six seats in the by-elections, he would have to resign from all but one of the seats he won and re-elections would be held there. Through this victory of Imran Khan, more than 22 crore people of the country have proved that they have full support for the political position of this former cricket star.
The World Cup-winning former cricket star was ousted in April this year after losing a no-confidence vote. Since then, he has been holding rallies across the country to demand early elections. He has also been seen to get the full support of the people.
Fawad Chowdhury, a senior leader of Imran Khan’s party PTI, wrote in a tweet, ‘I urge the government and the organization to respect the will of the people and immediately announce fresh elections in the country. We are ready to discuss the electoral framework with the government.
However, Shahbaz Sharif’s government is suffering from economic crisis after taking power from Imran Khan. Moody’s downgraded the South Asian country’s credit rating and Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves fell to their lowest level in three years. Besides, recent severe floods have also added to the crisis in Pakistan.
131 MPs from Imran Khan’s party resigned from the lower house of parliament last April after the change of government in Pakistan. Polling is now being held in those vacant seats. And Imran Khan’s victory in this election will give great encouragement to his supporters.
Earlier, Imran Khan’s PTI won a big victory in the by-elections of the provincial assembly in Pakistan’s Punjab in mid-July. Imran’s party won 15 out of 20 seats in the Punjab by-election held on July 17.