Imran Khan’s party wiped out in local elections in KP

In a huge blow to Prime Minister Imran Khan whose party the PTI has ruled KP since 2013, the party lost the coveted post of Peshawar mayor in the first local government elections held in Khyber Pakhtun­khwa since the merger of tribal districts. Instead, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) candidate Zubair Ali — a relative of party chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman won with a margin of around 11,500 votes.

According to news reports, “unofficial results also show that the opposition parties have a combined lead over the ruling PTI for the post of mayor/chairman of the 63 tehsil councils. In 40 tehsils, the JUI-F is leading with 16 seats, followed by the ruling PTI (9), Awami National Party (7), PML-N (3), Jamaat-i-Islami (1) and PPP (1). Meanwhile, independent candidates have secured three seats. In Peshawar, a total of seven tehsil seats were up for grabs. The JUI-F bagged four, followed by the ANP (2) and PTI (1).”

Opposition parties celebrated the win, with Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman declaring that his party was the “biggest political power” in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif tweeted in support of JUI-F’s victory “After being shamed, slandered and cursed millions of times, pushing a nation of 220 million into a mire of inflation, lawlessness and incompetence … tabdeeli is on its way out.”

Author: Nasim Hussain

Latest articles

Imran Khan Cult Ignores Common Sense at Pakistan’s Peril

Former prime minister Imran Khan and his cult-like following may continue to believe that Khan is the solution for all of Pakistan’s problems. However,...

A Routine UN Speech Get PM Sharif Little International Support

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif gave his maiden speech at UN General Assembly on September 23. While the majority of the premier’s speech focused on...

Pakistan’s 3 Finance Ministers in One Year Do Not Reflect Stability

Pakistan’s biggest crisis is its economy and for the long-term growth of any economy, stability at the helm is key. Miftah Ismail has done...

Pakistanis Play ‘Who Will Be The Next Army Chief’ While Crises Engulf Country

The army has dominated Pakistan since its independence in 1947 to the extent that the selection of the army chief is often of more...

Related articles

Author: Nasim Hussain