By-elections were held in Pakistan on Thursday for eight seats in the National Assembly and three seats in the Provincial Assembly. Out of the three provincial seats in Punjab, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won two and Muslim League-Nun (PMLN) won one seat.
PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan himself was a candidate for seven of the eight seats in the National Assembly, Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s daughter Mehr Bano Qureshi contested on the ticket of Multan, while the Awami National Party (ANP) contested two seats, Jamiat Ulema Islam F (JUIF) one seat, People’s Party two seats, Muslim League-N (PML-N) two seats and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) one seat.
Thus, according to the unofficial results, PTI lost two seats in the National Assembly, while Muslim League-Nun lost both its constituencies. JUI-F, ANP, and MQM could not succeed while PPP won both its seats.
Imran Khan will adopt a more aggressive style?
Imran Khan contested seven of the eight seats of the National Assembly and succeeded in six, breaking his previous record.
In the general elections of the year 2018, he won five seats in the National Assembly. Therefore, it can be said that they are touching the heights of political popularity.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the results of last year’s local government elections, especially the first phase, gave PTI a big blow, while the success of the three seats in the by-elections increased the party’s confidence, it also sealed that in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Even today, PTI is the popular party and Imran Khan is the popular political leader.
ANP, JUIF, and their allies were completely defeated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Similarly, PTI defeating Non-League (PMLN) in the two most important constituencies of Punjab, Faisalabad NA 108 and Nankana Sahib NA 118, is not an uncommon event.
The defeat of PML-N in Punjab after the defeat in the provincial constituencies in July this year is a very worrying aspect. Similarly, in a constituency of Karachi, Imran Khan has maintained his popularity in Karachi by defeating the candidate of MQM.
Now the question is, after the popularity of the election results, Imran Khan can take a more aggressive approach? In response to this question, senior journalist and analyst Sohail Waraich says that Imran Khan will be happy with the victory in six seats of the National Assembly and will call it a victory of his popularity, after which he will ride on the wind horse.
Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, an expert on electoral matters, said that the good performance of PTI in the National Assembly seats has sealed the popularity of Imran Khan. Now they will come out with a loud voice. Some analysts believe that Imran Khan will use his leadership to influence the crucial November appointment.
It should be noted that even before the holding of the by-election, this aspect was under discussion in political and social circles Imran Khan must want to give the impression to the ruling party of Pakistan that he is the most popular leader at the moment and the people are with him.
How effective can a clear-cut lead make a potential long march?
Imran Khan has indicated long marches several times in recent times, but in this context, he has also taken oaths from party workers and leaders.
Before the by-election, it was being said that if Imran Khan won, he would announce a long march by saying that the people were with him, and if he lost, he would criticize the Election Commission in Islamabad and he will also turn around by saying that we have been rigged.
Now that he has won six out of seven seats according to the unofficial and unofficial results, how effective can the potential long march be?
In response to this question, political analyst Murtaza Solangi said, Imran Khan used his popularity to win the by-elections, he justified the Islamabad Long March, and to some extent, he achieved his goal.
While political analyst Salman Ghani expressed a different opinion regarding the above question and said that I think that Imran Khan will not take a long march after his victory. He is currently relying on the advice of his old colleagues and lawyers.
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