ECP rejects Imran Khan's request to recount NA-122 votes

Published: May 17, 2013

Imran managed to get 84,417 votes in the constituency, compared to Sadiq’s 93,362 votes. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan’s request to recount votes for Lahore’s NA-122, Express News reported on Friday.

Imran gave the commission three days to accept his party’s demand for recounting of votes in six constituencies. These constituencies were NA-57 Attock, NA-110 Sialkot, NA-122, NA-125, NA-154 Lodhran and NA-239.

According to the official results announced by the ECP, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) Sardar Ayaz Sadiq won the seat.

Imran managed to get 84,417 votes in the constituency, compared to Sadiq’s 93,362 votes.

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Reader Comments (79)

  • Lubna
    May 17, 2013 - 1:06PM

    On what grounds????

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  • ali
    May 17, 2013 - 1:12PM

    This ECP decision on NA-122 proves that PTI has to continue with the protests against the worst rigging in our history!

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  • aaaaa
    May 17, 2013 - 1:15PM

    Good move. PTI’s only ‘evidence’ in NA-122 was the impossibility of Imran Khan to get beaten. Why would we trust PTI with any evidence anyway since their rangers video of NA 125 turns out to have been from Sindh. When you have no evidence fabricate it. The acts of an increasingly desperate party.

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  • Safwan
    May 17, 2013 - 1:24PM

    This is unacceptable. Time to contact the Supreme Court.

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  • May 17, 2013 - 1:30PM

    With PMLN forming the government, ECP will bend backwards to please it. So forget about recounts in the Punjab, PTI !
    Aftab Nabi. Toronto.

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  • usman
    May 17, 2013 - 1:31PM

    Shows they have something to hide and immense pressure being applied. Looks like PTI has to force its way through since they will not yield to genuine complaints.

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  • Anon
    May 17, 2013 - 1:39PM

    Why would the ECP deny a recount on such a small number of seats? Are they completely insane? Give them the recount and shut them up, or fuel the paranoia!

    The ECPs incompetence has been spectacularly baffling throughout.

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  • Awais
    May 17, 2013 - 1:40PM

    Dear AAAAA,

    Whats with the wierd name? Anyways, I would like to point out that the PTI has gained several seats last few days thanks to recounting (Jahangir Tareen won his for example, Ch. Nisar lost two of his). What happened then?

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  • ss
    May 17, 2013 - 1:45PM

    @aaaaa:
    what proofs one needs to show for recounting? please enlighten us.

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  • May 17, 2013 - 1:47PM

    What harm was there to recount?

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  • Sharj
    May 17, 2013 - 1:49PM

    PTI obviously does not have any evidence to substantiate its claims. Now they’ll start hunting Ecp rather than accepting the most obvious, that they lost the elections. Such undemocratic attitude from pti.

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  • ashar
    May 17, 2013 - 1:52PM

    Imran has been deprived, no doubt..Any way next time he will be there everywhere.

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  • SK
    May 17, 2013 - 1:55PM

    Unless ECP has solid evidence to say recounting of NA 122 is not warranted It must heed to PTI demand to restore whatever credibility ECP is left with. If the evidence submitted by PTI in supporter of rigging or wrongdoing against NA 122 is found fake or fabricated then PTI should have a lot to answer. The fact remains though , massive rigging and fraud has occurred in this election and ECP has no claim over its fairness and transparency

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  • Awakened Youth
    May 17, 2013 - 2:03PM

    So now you need more protests ECP? Just let our Kaptaan get well and then see what we actually mean by Tsunami…

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  • aaaaa
    May 17, 2013 - 2:03PM

    @ali:

    the worst rigging was probably mushrraf’s 94% yes in the referendum. Didn’t IK support musharraf back then? Funny that, no?

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  • Saim Baig
    May 17, 2013 - 2:04PM

    They are afraid that it could also result in a loss for PML N like PP 07 where Ch. Nisar Ali Khan lost after 3 recounts

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  • Babablacksheep
    May 17, 2013 - 2:13PM

    the whole punjab election was rigged if they recount the votes with thumbs verification PMl-N won`t be able to make even local govt

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  • ahmed
    May 17, 2013 - 2:20PM

    Mark my word there is no end to it, only and only if PTI wins. they will not stop crying.

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  • Hmmm
    May 17, 2013 - 2:21PM

    @aaaaa:
    So, what was the harm in satisfying people’s leaders? What’s a big deal if they recounted – you can always ask people who are requesting accountable for the cost? Nowhere in the world it would be denied; It is really sad

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  • Zabandraz
    May 17, 2013 - 2:31PM

    @Noman Ansari: Biggest harm, PML(N) would loose and show incompetence of ECP

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  • Hmmm
    May 17, 2013 - 2:33PM

    @aaaaa: Stop beating up the dead horse dude (eth). He was new in politics then and thought that Musharaf was sincere in what he is saying but as soon as he realized he apologized for his stance – mind that he took no benefit from Musharaf or was never part of government. Can you dig the truth?

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  • Deadman
    May 17, 2013 - 2:35PM

    @Lubna, ma’am if you reverse engineer the things, on what grounds IK was pleading for recount? when there wasnt a single compalint registered to ECP hotline or presiding officer duriong 10-11 hours of polling in NA-122? IK lost fair & square, its a fact that is very ahrd to swollow for PTI

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  • Saad
    May 17, 2013 - 2:36PM

    Recounting is highly labor and capital intensive as ALL of the votes casted have to reconfirmed by matching the fingerprints with the NADRA database. Thats what I heard.

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  • Qaiser
    May 17, 2013 - 2:52PM

    Its unfair, results have been different in PP7, where Ch. Nisar got defeated by PTI candidate. so why not at NA-122 where margin of victory is also not significant.

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  • ex PML-N
    May 17, 2013 - 2:56PM

    @aaaaa:
    there is a clear difference between “supporting” and “rigging”. looks like you still have a serious problem understanding the difference between the two.

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  • Tariq
    May 17, 2013 - 3:01PM

    There was no rigging in Punjab. PTI should have courage to accept the defeat.
    Rigging was made only in Karachi and Interior Sindh.

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  • qaisar
    May 17, 2013 - 3:02PM

    Only electables from PTI won in Punjab.
    PTI has lost the battle. They should accept it.

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  • kaleem malik
    May 17, 2013 - 3:04PM

    Good decision by ECP. NA 122 was won by PML-N with a lead of 9000 votes. Entire youth of this constituency is with PML-N.

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  • paki
    May 17, 2013 - 3:05PM

    @Lubna: at what ground they lodged the complaint??????? haaahaa

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  • JUNOON
    May 17, 2013 - 3:07PM

    There were quite fair and transparent elections in Punjab. No need of recount.
    PTI followers should admit their defeat. We have much confidence in PML-N.

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  • Janni
    May 17, 2013 - 3:10PM

    It was said by Tahir ul Qadri on May 6 that all those raising slogans of change will be raising slogans of dhandli after elections.
    PTI should be realistic and congratulate PML(N) on winning elections.

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  • Saad Iqbal
    May 17, 2013 - 3:13PM

    for correction of few individuals here- request for recounting is the right of the candidate. Repolling is where you need to bring evidence to demand going through the same exercise.

    Understand the difference – and dont bring your own judgement into it.

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  • Faiza
    May 17, 2013 - 3:17PM

    PTI is doing the traditional politics of dharnas. where is the change promised by IK?
    tactics of traditional politicians are being used by PTI.
    PTI should stop this drama and accept the defeat.

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  • Busy Bee
    May 17, 2013 - 3:18PM

    ECP has shown on e again that they will not give in to any pressure tactics.
    PTI needs to grow up and behave.
    They are not the only political force in pakistan

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  • paki
    May 17, 2013 - 3:19PM

    good decision by ECP

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  • Qamber
    May 17, 2013 - 3:22PM

    All National and International player are involve in PTI’s defeat.
    Election 2013 is actually Selection 2013

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  • Youth
    May 17, 2013 - 3:23PM

    PTI lacks sportsman spirit. They have got defeat in elections.

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  • Wajahat Waseem
    May 17, 2013 - 3:25PM

    PTI is present only on facebook and social media. that is the reason of their defeat. they should stop weeping now.

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  • MZM
    May 17, 2013 - 3:26PM

    PTI got more seats than they deserved. They should stop crying and focus on forming government in KPK. We all will get to know how hollow their slogans of forming “Naya Pakistan” are.

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  • Tabassum Khalil
    May 17, 2013 - 3:32PM

    pti followers dont have courage and patience. they have lost the elections. they should awake from dreams.
    people of pakistan have chosen pml n.
    Entire young generation voted for pml n.

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  • zaman khan
    May 17, 2013 - 3:34PM

    Please put results a side and start serving the country it’s the time for work dears.

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  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    May 17, 2013 - 3:43PM

    Why ECP go for recounting. they are there to hide their incompetency or to be more correct, they are accomplice to this rigging.

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  • Dean
    May 17, 2013 - 3:47PM

    Even dead from 10 years back voted for Khwaja Asif in NA110. Recounting will unearth all these transactions. ECPMLN failed democracy.

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  • Bilal Ghafoor
    May 17, 2013 - 3:55PM

    Long Live PML-N.
    PTI lost because youth supported PML-N. Good decision by ECP.

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  • Aqeel
    May 17, 2013 - 3:59PM

    In PP-7, lead for Ch. Nisar was of only 300 votes and that is too small a number to stand….IK lost by 9000 votes so both these cases are not comparable….Give it a rest people….Saying IK is too big to fail is not a proof

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  • Ch. Ghafoor Islam
    May 17, 2013 - 4:22PM

    I feel pity for PTI people who were misled by Imran Khan. All should go back to work now and wait for 5 years. People of Pakistan have rejected PTI.

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  • Ahsan
    May 17, 2013 - 4:31PM

    Their is something very fishy that went on during the night of the vote counting
    silence from supreeme court which had been taking suo moto notices on everything from suger prices to petty matters. I dont know when or if the voices of the poor masses would reach them.. SAD!!

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  • Samina
    May 17, 2013 - 4:54PM

    Elections are over now. Now let the winners do their work for 5 years in National Assembly and all provincial assemblies. All parties making protests in those constituencies where they lost. This is not good attitude. If PTI lost in Lahore, they should accept the defeat. Lead of PML-N in NA-122 is about 9000 votes while there is lead of 40000 in NA-125. These are big leads.

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  • Imran
    May 17, 2013 - 5:13PM

    Tbadeeli has come. I mean ECP and PML-N brought ‘Tabdeeli’ in the results of several national and provincial seats.

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  • Usman
    May 17, 2013 - 5:26PM

    As after recounting result of PP7 has been changed so PMLN may loose some more seats if recounting is done.

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  • Fahad Hasan
    May 17, 2013 - 5:55PM

    @Saad: India is doing it for each and every vote counted. So why we can not do this. It should be the right of every candidate to conduct re-counting anytime. After all we have to live with these politicians for another 5 years. Recommend

  • All is well that ends well
    May 17, 2013 - 6:40PM

    @Awais:
    Awais recounting is only helpful when the margin of the winner is very thin. Due to manual counting each time you get slightly different results. Ch nisar just won the pp seat by 380 votes making it a perfect case for recountng and it worked . With margins like 10k in NA 122 it won’t be helpful. I hope you understand

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  • Asif
    May 17, 2013 - 6:59PM

    Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has genuinely won the seat.

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  • Kashif
    May 17, 2013 - 7:09PM

    Keep in mind that even if IK wins from NA 122, he will have to leave this seat and then the government will not let a PTI candidate win from here. It was a good try to request this, but I am happy that the other 5 recount requests went through.

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  • naeem khan
    May 17, 2013 - 7:17PM

    how many rejections before PTI realise that they are a rejected lotRecommend

  • Fed up
    May 17, 2013 - 7:18PM

    @Ch. Ghafoor Islam:
    I am a Pakistani, I believe in Imran Khan. Speak for yourself, not all of us.

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  • May 17, 2013 - 8:02PM

    Do not cry like a baby Mr IK. Grow up You are a sportsman. Another round may win. But for now accept and respect te decision.

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  • Faisal
    May 17, 2013 - 8:22PM

    PTI needs to show political maturity as they cannot pick fights in Karachi, Hyderabad and Punjab at the same time and expect to win them ALL. It should focus on Karachi/Hyderabad only for either re-election or verification of thumb impressions through NADRA and leave the Punjab fight for the next election.

    They will win Punjab easily, next time around, if they manage to do something good in KP during the next 05 years.

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  • Hammad
    May 17, 2013 - 8:54PM

    @Deadman:
    Are you telling me that ECP’s official complaint numbers were working that day? :D

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  • jamal
    May 17, 2013 - 9:04PM

    i think it is only way to make controversiol the whole election in pakistan because in those areas the captain wanted re-election where his party could gain sucess.in this way those party can also demand for re election in various constituenceis .the best thing for pakistan is that like many mature parties ppp and anp accepted the results for the prior interst of pakistans better future keeping thie own vested interest aside

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    May 17, 2013 - 9:08PM

    Despite so much of hue & cry & incontrovertible/irrefutable evidence of blatant rigging, ECP have not so far accepted their incompetence,nor even a word of regret from them.It is really shameful. Fakhro Bhai you have been resigning on minor issues & this time ECP have created areal mess where future of the country is at stake & you have not budged an inch.One has lost faith in you……Nay in life. Senile when one becomes this is what one delivers!

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  • haroon
    May 17, 2013 - 10:36PM

    Imran is trying to be representative at the age of 60. I request him to grow up and develop some flexibility in his personality. He is a very immature person who lacks decision-making skills. PTI should admit its defeat with open heart and do constructive opposition.

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  • Arbab
    May 17, 2013 - 11:01PM

    Reservations, doubts and challenges to the results in a number of seats notwithstanding, all the parties should emulate the example set by the PPP and ANP in accepting the mandate of the people even when it went against them. This is the true democratic spirit. The more gracefully all parties handle themselves in the aftermath of the elections, the smoother will be the task of government formation, and the sooner will the country settle down to the real task: confronting the myriads of serious issues afflicting the country. We hope the political parties will live up to the expectations of the people in this regard and behave with exemplary maturity and in a true democratic spirit.

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  • malik asim
    May 17, 2013 - 11:30PM

    Imran khan should file petition in Suprem court for the reverification. ECP is hiding its incompitence as they know recount will make this election more doubtful. This election was properly rigged in all parts of the country.

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  • Shazia
    May 17, 2013 - 11:31PM

    I congratulate PML-N to win elections in Pakistan, Punjab and Baluchistan.
    I congratulate PTI to win alections in KPK.
    All of us have to serve the country together. Please stop all Dharnas. Let us build our country destroyed by previous rulers.
    Come on.

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  • taimoor
    May 18, 2013 - 12:13AM

    There was no rigging in the entire Punjab.
    Rigging was made onlt in Karachi.

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  • SRB
    May 18, 2013 - 12:50AM

    @Babablacksheep:
    If punjab election were rigged then PLM N never loose the two most important seats of Na 48 nd NA 56 .So keep calm nd accept ur defeat cz cheaters never accept it. According to European union press conference 90% election are free and fair. Only 10 % r not nd the area is Karachi .

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  • SRB
    May 18, 2013 - 12:53AM

    Totally agree from u. Why don’t IK submit recount application from NA 01.NA 71,NA 56? Because he win from these nd loose from NA 122 nd blamed the matter as rigging nd want recount! @Deadman:

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    May 18, 2013 - 1:39AM

    @Lubna:

    ECP was there to make sure N-League win the seat. If the ECP has to recount then everybody finds out about the rigging.. The important thing is N-league seat will be lost in recounting which is not the purpose of ECP.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    May 18, 2013 - 1:54AM

    @aaaaa:

    You are just nit picking. In referendum you just have to say yes or no and there is only one person. so It could be 94% an even 100%. This is election and there are more than one candidate. Don’t mixes apples an oranges and compare.

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  • Amanat Ali
    May 18, 2013 - 12:36PM

    What will happened if “so called Independent ECP” order for re-counting. This ECP is neither fair nor independent. Now the supreme court itself is watching all the show and complete “Khamosh”. where are CJ “suo-motos” now. Re-counting should be done.

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  • May 18, 2013 - 12:59PM

    PTI should accept its defeat first. Its candidates can file petitions in election tribunals and courts against discrepancies. PTI first requested “vote recount with thumb impression verification” on four seats. Now their demand has increased to six seats. They will not stop till Imran Khan is made PM.

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  • khan
    May 18, 2013 - 9:41PM

    Because of non computerization in voting stations the possibility of fraudulent votes are very high in Pakistan. To make this and future elections credible ECP should be part of the judiciary and ECP should make sure the voter is not harassed or influenced in any way how to cast their vote and the total vote count should be available through out the day to prevent votes stealing and every vote should be verified with Nadara for thumb impression no matter how much time it takes and if fraudulent votes are discovered ECP should take action in retrospect and charge this candidate and the staff of ECP and all other culprits involve in this crime for election fraud and disqualify them to hold any public office or government job and apply exemplary punishment of 100 lashes each person with heavy fines. If this measure is applied then there is a possibility of honest and fair election in Pakistan.

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  • SMT
    May 18, 2013 - 11:31PM

    Dear Mr Cheap Selection Commision. We want free and fair election through out Pakistan… I personaly witness rigging at my poling station

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  • Abdullah Bilour
    May 19, 2013 - 1:45AM

    I can’t understand the problem of ECP. First they didn’t conduct elections well. Then admitted their guilt. And now refusing the recount to avoid any shortcomings. Some ECP it is.

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  • anwar
    May 19, 2013 - 11:54AM

    nawaz lost it in Gari Shahu and basti saidan shah but won in upper mall

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  • Hasni
    May 19, 2013 - 11:56AM

    No one has ever accepted the defeat in Pakistan. Same is being done by PTI. Then where is the change. PTI is doing the traditional politics.
    PTI should accept its defeat in elections.

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  • jooni
    May 19, 2013 - 12:40PM

    So far PTI has been failed to provide any evidence of rigging. They are raising baseless allegations. Shame for PTI.
    I salute Pakistani people who gave their mandate to PML-N.
    PTI should respect the mandate given to PML-N by Pakistani public.

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  • Talha
    May 19, 2013 - 1:22PM

    Allah bless Pakistan. Allah bless PML n.
    People showed the wisdom and voted for PML n.
    PTI is doing false propaganda.

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