Elections in Pakistan


On July 25, the prime minister and parliament were elected in Pakistan, and national elections to the National Assembly and provincial assemblies were held. A total of 849 mandates were distributed, for which more than 12,000 candidates fought. About 105 million citizens took part in the voting. These were the second open general elections in the history of Pakistan after the military weakened its influence over political processes.


On the eve of the election, extremists tried to disrupt the electoral process. The last blast occurred on the July 25 voting day on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of the troubled province of Balochistan. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one person was killed and three were injured as a result of a gunfight near the polling station. On July 16, 150 people were killed as a result of the terrorist act in Balochistan.


The struggle was fought between the main candidates Shahbaz Sharif - the brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the former cricket star Imran Khan, as well as the son of the first woman, the head of state Benazira Bhutto - Bilaval Bhutto Zardari.
These leaders were represented by three parties - the Pakistan Muslim League, the centrist Terik-e-Insaf, and the Pakistan People's Party.
The party of Imran Khan scored 119 votes, the Pakistan Muslim League - 59, the Pakistan People's Party - 39.