PTI concedes defeat in Pakistan elections

By AFP
Published: May 12, 2013

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said earlier that his party was the clear winner. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani politician and cricket star Imran Khan early on Sunday conceded defeat to the rival Pakistan Muslim League-N in historic general elections, senior party leader Asad Umar said.

“They have emerged as the largest party. I want to congratulate the party,” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party leader Asad Umar told private channel Geo TV.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said earlier that his party was the clear winner in the election and that he hoped for a majority to avoid a coalition.

“Results are still coming in, but this much is confirmed we’re the single largest party so far. Please pray that by morning we’re in a position that we don’t need the crutch of coalition partners,” he said.

Reader Comments (32)

  • Lahori
    May 12, 2013 - 12:58AM

    Time to head out of Pakistan. Like Imran Khan said, we wont be able to survive the next 5 years.

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  • I voted
    May 12, 2013 - 1:01AM

    Personally I’m disappointed in us Pakistanis. Seems like we don’t want change. Oh well, we’ll live the lives we chose today. Just remember: don’t complain about it now – we asked for this. And be patient for another 5 years.

    Just don’t vote him as ameerulmomineen, as you were about to the last time.

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  • Muhammad Musa Khan
    May 12, 2013 - 1:01AM

    IK did his best in every possible way sincerely for Pakistan.
    and now after the results, his sincerity for Pakistan won’t allow him to make a coalition with PML-N rather he will sit in the opposition.

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  • Ek Tha Kashmiri
    May 12, 2013 - 1:03AM

    brave khan

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  • Zamir Malik
    May 12, 2013 - 1:05AM

    A mature statement by PTI but i expect PTI to make Coalition with PMLN at the national level. I think PTI can demand some important ministries like Transport, Medical and Health and Ministry of Defense and by their good policies and performance they can tell everyone that PTI can bring change. In the Opposition for the next 5 years PTI cannot do anything other than criticism and it is not good for PTI at the national level.

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  • Citizen Khan
    May 12, 2013 - 1:05AM

    hehe so this is what “shair ki phainti” lagana looks like..

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  • Peace
    May 12, 2013 - 1:06AM

    Imran, Great effort for the country. Congratulations for showing political maturity. I trust you would be an excellent Opposition Leader. Allah bless you.

    Peace.
    Toronto

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  • ;-) chief
    May 12, 2013 - 1:06AM

    let’s see how much days or months you servive…..!!!!

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  • ammar
    May 12, 2013 - 1:16AM

    it sucks!!!!!!!

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  • Saleem
    May 12, 2013 - 1:22AM

    Conceading defeat gracefully is a Tabdeeli in itself.

    My opinion is that a mistake has again been made by electing tried, tested and failed politicians but willhave to live with it for the next 5 years. We, PTIians, will have to keep them in check for the betterment of Pakistan, Pakistan Zindabad.

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  • Sohrab Karboy
    May 12, 2013 - 1:31AM

    Imran Khan, in the eyes of the nation, in the eyes of our people, you have won. You, and PTI, and millions of Pakistanis who supported you, have won hands down. You have not lost. First time, in a long long time, you have instilled enthusiasm and vigor and a quest for freedom and independence in our people. You have been able to expose the corrupt parasitical politicians. You have won. You have been able to highlight the reasons for Pakistan’s poverty and its’ fate in the hands of others and who is responsible for it. You have invigorated our youth and have filled them with dedication to strive for their nation. You have not lost. It’s just the end of the beginning. The struggle starts now. You have won hands down. Even if you do not occupy the corridors of power, those who will, would have to think hard and long before usurping people’s money to enrich themselves. They would have to think long and hard before invading the Supreme Court. You have won. And, so have the people of Pakistan. I look forward to better days because of you, your hard work, and your struggle on behalf of the masses.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    May 12, 2013 - 1:36AM

    Imran Khan is a Cricketer and he has shown sportsman sprit.

    As far as PTI is concerned, it did well in the first election and have become the second largest party, after PML(N) and have also taken lead on the PPP.

    Better try your luck next time. Don’t lose hope.

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  • Junaid Ahmad
    May 12, 2013 - 2:02AM

    To our leader and our nation;
    First to IK, don’t worry Captain you have done your job it was our fault. We are to blame, we couldn’t convince enough people. you have done a great service for this country and its our fault we didn’t recognize it fast enough.
    To the nation;
    IK has been working for about 17 years trying to tell the people to stand up for their rights. those who voted or tried to convince anyone has succeeded in bringing change but its our fault for not recognizing the one who is truly working to change Pakistan for the better.
    WE the People of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have shown the nation that we are willing to change and accept change.
    Don’t worry we will get another chance the world isn’t over. If not this time. we will try next time.
    i may not be one to talk myself because i was underage and couldn’t vote

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  • Ali
    May 12, 2013 - 2:11AM

    I think it is just the beginning of the end for PML-N.Their great victory is quite similar to what Benazir Bhutto achieved when she came back to Pakistan in 1986 after years of Exile.Anti-Zia sentiments were at it’s rise.Everyone ignored the massive corruption for a long time until now when PPP has conceded the biggest deafeat.General Zia is now a non-entity in Pakistani politics,nobody votes for or against Zia.Nawaz Sharif was a beneficiary of the anti-Musharraf sentiments in our media.His corruption has been ignored but not for long.PTI symbolises the frustration of the youth and it will grow and soon PML-N will be rejected.I hope Imran Khan manages to win majority in KP and forms government over there and sets an example for the other performances.If that happens it will be great victory for people who have supported Imran Khan.Imran Khan will have a chance to prove a lot.

    It was not easy to pull Pakistan out of this stranglehold of a corrupt ruling elite.

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  • Arshhed
    May 12, 2013 - 2:24AM

    Imran has changed the way politics was being done during the last 28 years. He has infact enlarged the size of the participating electoral population. As a nation, we have still to go a long distance to actually bring the change. However, this first leap by PTI shows the determination of our people to chart new paths. We don’t have to now sit back, we have to move forward with the belief that change can occur in our country as well for the betterment. Our continuous collective effort at all levels will Inshallah contribute towards building a Better and New Pakistan. Pakistan and Pakistanis Zindabad.

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  • ooh
    May 12, 2013 - 2:26AM

    next elections ….2015…because PML-N is so arrogant they can not last 5 years like Tolerant PPP.

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  • May 12, 2013 - 2:39AM

    I was with IK until has last week, When he became arrogant and lied about a very important religious matter on TV. Nawaz is a much more mature politician and bring about peace with all neighbors.

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  • Arsalan
    May 12, 2013 - 3:14AM

    all the reasons to celebrate a very well contested election. emerging as second largest party with presence in all provinces and segments of society is nothing less than an “outstanding” performance. Do remember that this is first time in the history of Pakistan to secure such results in your first properly contested elections, when you have not been part of any government or power, not coming on the basis of exploiting ethnicity and not been supported by establishment. good work PTI…

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  • PTI Trolls Need Tissues
    May 12, 2013 - 4:32AM

    Imran Khan did not congratulate anyone. He admitted his loss and he’d belong in a mental ward if he didn’t.

    “They have emerged as the largest party. I want to congratulate the party,” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party leader Asad Umar told private channel Geo TV.

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  • Khan
    May 12, 2013 - 7:55AM

    I agree with Sohrab’s statement. It is not a defeat but a victory indeed. Being from KPK I can say that we manage to sweep out majority of the rats and gave big victory to PTI there. It just maybe the place from where the change could happen in the future for the rest of the country.
    Who would have though such a blow to people like bilor, the interior minister in KPK….Thats how the change happens. A few more rounds of elections and you probably will not see PML(N) as a single majority anymore.
    Go PTI…..

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  • Fahad
    May 12, 2013 - 10:27AM

    Looks like we have to wait or in other words have to suffer more.

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  • M Ali Khan
    May 12, 2013 - 10:49AM

    As much as I want to show my empathy towards PTI supporters, I actually chuckle at them for their persistent ignorance of constituency politics, biradri patronage, and organised voter groups that have always dominated local politics.

    Most of these PTI fans had NO idea about how politics in Pakistan works until Imran Khan did a few jalsas in 2011 – fair to say they still don’t.

    PTI should take this on the chin and focus on becoming a formidable opposition and build again for 2018. They should be happy that PTI is in running to form a government in KPk.

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  • JSM
    May 12, 2013 - 1:53PM

    Not a good time for India- Pakistan relations. See the following link to see what the experts say:

    http://www.firstpost.com/world/pakistan-polls-is-nawaz-sharifs-victory-really-good-news-for-india-773931.html

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  • Imran
    May 12, 2013 - 2:18PM

    The result is on expected lines. Huge gatherings at political rallies had given IK false hopes. But,it was always a question whether these will be translated into votes, which they didn’t. Ground realities of electoral constituents are totally different in pakistan and IK was hoping against hope to demolish them.

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  • Asghar
    May 12, 2013 - 5:05PM

    Love, Respect & Support for IK… We will persevere and make PTI an even stronger force for 2018 elections. Lets do our bit the best we can during these 5 years and work towards Naya Pakistan… Pakistan Zindabad!

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  • Gurcharan Singh
    May 12, 2013 - 5:15PM

    In my humble opinion, each and every Pakistani needs tio be congratulated on this journey to democracy. VAHEGURU AAP SAARIAN NU TARAKKIAN BAKSHE.

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  • Saleem
    May 12, 2013 - 7:26PM

    @Khalid Mahmood:
    What matter?

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  • zeya bacha
    May 12, 2013 - 8:55PM

    People of Punjab will once again wait for another five years to see their problems solved. They have either deceived PTI or they were unable in keeping eyes on working of patwaries and baniyas during polling.

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  • Observer
    May 13, 2013 - 8:07AM

    Let’s be realistic and honest here. What difference does it really make which party is in power? It still will be the same old, the same old. The army will still continue to control and dictate all important domestic and foreign policies. The geopolitical games of the Deep State will continue and terrorism will be sponsored by the Establishment and continue to flourish. No change in priorities from that of a security state will take place.

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  • sarwat
    May 13, 2013 - 9:56AM

    Being a pakistani I have a lot of love and respect for imran khan and tarek e insaf .we want a good change in pakistani politics and only pti can bring this change Now we are fedup of pmln and ppp .these parties are true followers of American policiesThecorrupt leaders of these corrupt parties are just like cancer for pakistan. only innocent people always die in sucidi bomb blosts why not our corrupt political leaders . PMLN and PPP hate you and yours leader both these parties are curse for pakistan

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  • May 13, 2013 - 6:55PM

    Imran Khan should learn from ANP’s Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, how to accept defeat gracefully. Time to move on for PTI to focus on playing positive opposition role.

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  • IASiddiq
    May 13, 2013 - 7:48PM

    I think IK and his supporters should be proud of the results achieved. I mean the biggest and the all time popular party PPP got the same number of seats 34/35 in the NA as that of PTI..that’s a WIN for PTI which participated for the first time in the National Elections. I think if rigging were not a major element..PTI would have secured more seats. Oh well..till next time Imran Khan..we are with you all the way!!

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