PTI stuns PML-N in Lodhran by-election

Published: December 24, 2015
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PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen celebrates his victory during a rally in Lodhran. PHOTO: COURTESY PTI

PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen celebrates his victory during a rally in Lodhran. PHOTO: COURTESY PTI

BAHAWALPUR: 

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Wednesday finally put a stop to the winning streak of rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in Punjab as its candidate Jahangir Tareen convincingly defeated the ruling party’s candidate Siddique Khan Baloch in the NA-154 (Lodhran-1) by-election.

According to unofficial results, Tareen, who is also general secretary of the PTI, bagged 117,053 votes against 73,247 of Baloch which shows the victory margin was 43,806 votes. Unofficially, the turnout was between 55 to 60 per cent.

Polling ends for NA-154 by-poll in Lodhran

Interestingly, the PML-N candidate lost the by-election even though Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Lodhran on November 6 and announced a multibillion-rupee development package for the district.

An election tribunal had disqualified Baloch for life on August 26 for holding a forged educational certificate on the plea of Tareen, who was defeated by Baloch in the May 2013 general elections. The tribunal had ordered re-election in the constituency. Later, Baloch approached the Supreme Court, which on October 28 allowed him to contest the by-poll while maintaining the tribunal’s verdict regarding re-election.

Wednesday’s by-election was largely peaceful except for sporadic fistfights and scuffles between PTI and PML-N supporters at a few polling stations. The polling started at 8am and continued uninterruptedly till 5pm. As many as 303 polling stations were set up for 419,182 registered voters of the constituency.

People fed up with PML-N: Imran

Earlier, polling staff and polling material were sent to the polling stations amid tight security. Heavy contingents of police and Pakistan Army were deployed to maintain law and order. The presiding officers had also been vested with the powers of Magistrate Section 30.

According to Multan’s RPO Tariq Masood Yaseen, 3,580 officials of police were deployed on security duties and the arrangement was monitored by fours SPs and 14 DSPs.

Lodhran’s DCO Muhammad Shahid Niaz had enforced Section 144 which prohibited carrying licenced firearms, display of weapons, aerial firing and conducting rallies, processions and gathering of more than five persons within the 300 metre radius of polling station.

Political workers had also established their polling camps and a lot of enthusiasm was seen among the workers of the PML-N and the PTI. While the contest was largely between the two rival parties, there were in all 20 candidates in the run.

Later, the animated workers of the PTI gathered at the Tareen’s farmhouse to celebrate the victory even before arrival of unofficial results from all polling stations.

NA-154 by-polls: PTI, PML-N trade barbs ahead of poll battle

Speaking at the occasion, Tareen said he had himself collected all the results from the returning officers. “Today’s results confirm that the PML-N had rigged the May 2013 polls,” he said, adding that his victory was the victory of people of Lodhran.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (48)

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Dec 24, 2015 - 2:24AM

    JKT won because of his money. Noon lost because it spent money on the election by borrowing from public. The loss also proves that GE 2013 was free and fair, at least 35% as per JC, since Baloch won as an independent in 2013 and this time he lost on Noon ticket. Recommend

  • Feedback
    Dec 24, 2015 - 2:32AM

    Very nice strategy of establishment indeed, give one seat here and give one seat there. NS and IK are the two sides of the same coin and the coin is flipped from PindiRecommend

  • arslan
    Dec 24, 2015 - 2:40AM

    Sada Haq.. Aethay Rakh!Recommend

  • Sceptic
    Dec 24, 2015 - 2:42AM

    Money talks!Recommend

  • zubair
    Dec 24, 2015 - 2:45AM

    Its like wining 50 seats and not one seat when you compare it to all state machinery, every manner of pre-poll rigging including 2.5 billion package by PM himself were utilized by Noon. Even 5 year kid will say PM is guilty of pre-poll rigging. Recommend

  • Dec 24, 2015 - 2:47AM

    Wasn’t this the same place PTI lost big in the LG polls, I am really beginning to doubt the legitimacy of the LG polls, I already knew the 2013 elections were fraud, at this rate, PMLN will have only 45 seats by the time of the 2018 elections. Congratulations PTI!

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • PTI Workers United
    Dec 24, 2015 - 2:52AM

    Justice Wajih’s report showed Jahangir Tareen buying his victory in PTI party elections! Has he done the same here? Recommend

  • Happy
    Dec 24, 2015 - 2:53AM

    Finally, a seat for PTI. Congratulations! Celebrate your much awaited victory but… with responsbility and humility. Don’t go overboard with over confidence.Recommend

  • salman
    Dec 24, 2015 - 2:54AM

    Let’s wait for official results. We know pmln do thier best work at night! :)Recommend

  • Dec 24, 2015 - 3:05AM

    Who ever won the election. Reserve the right of Congratulation. The exciting thing is the EC cannot be hijacked by political Master any more.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Dec 24, 2015 - 3:35AM

    I guess more mining rights for Tareen in kpk . And more joy rides for Imran khan Niazi in the JDW jet. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 24, 2015 - 4:00AM

    Very bad for the country. Anarchists and Fake Revolutionary Thugs will rise from their graves to turn the wheel of progress backwards. This time MQM will also them. Recommend

  • kala_bacha
    Dec 24, 2015 - 4:36AM

    Finally, PTI has something to cherish and will sing this winning song for next decade. Recommend

  • Zahid
    Dec 24, 2015 - 5:06AM

    Congratulations Jageer TareenRecommend

  • Talha
    Dec 24, 2015 - 5:10AM

    Congratulations PTI for winning

    Now since PTI won the election was absolutely fair and no rigging took place

    PMLN still got nearly 1 lakh votes congratulations to them as wellRecommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Dec 24, 2015 - 5:19AM

    Just to have some fun, PMLN should announce that election wasn’t fair. Demand judicial inquiry, and do a dharna till Tareen resigns. BTW, what time did Tareen do his victory speech? Was every single vote counted till then?Recommend

  • Raisur Rahman
    Dec 24, 2015 - 7:35AM

    The problem with Pakistanis are they are born in corrupt society under the leadership of Zardari”s n Shariff”s. I live in UAE, I have seen frustration in Pakistani’s They don’t like or love honest and God Gifted leader’s. Any developed countries, Zardari or Sharif”s would have place behind the bars. These kind of self centered leaders harm the society and make the generation into slaves.they come to plunder , as they say might is right.

    People by now should think about development and future generations. Or else would live in dark age.Recommend

  • Concerned
    Dec 24, 2015 - 7:38AM

    WETHER IT WAS NAWAZ, SHAHBAZ OR HAMZA SHARIF, THESE LIARS, MOST CORRUPT POLITICIANS HAVE TO FACE THEIR WATERLOO AT LODHRA, ALL THEIR FALSE PROMISES TO THE PEOPLE OF LODHRA DID NOT HELP THEM BUT IN FACT THEY HAD TO BLACKEN THEIR FACES WITH SHAME FOR THE SHAMEFUL DEFEAT OF THEIR FRAUDSTER CRIMINAL CANDIDATE, ALLAH HO AKBER :)Recommend

  • Umair
    Dec 24, 2015 - 7:46AM

    Some of the comments here are bizzare, firstly pmln tried its best to buy this election, it couldn’t, then there is that balaybaz symbol and even the name of person was changed from jahanhir shahid to jahangir khan, then this bickering about him having some loans written off, PMLN is in power, go file a case take him to court, pti will always stand up to these goons, who prefer a vulgar dance to attract voters, in your face PMLN.Recommend

  • Dec 24, 2015 - 9:38AM

    Viva! Bravo! Mubarak Ho! PTI won by a margin of 44000 thousand votes, which shows the confidence in PTI. Mr. Tareen, Sir, my request to you is not to betray the trust of the people. Thank you. SalamsRecommend

  • Adnoon Siddiqui
    Dec 24, 2015 - 10:02AM

    Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif should have announced another billion dollar development project. Siddique Baloch is a true son of the soil with remarkable educational achievements. Pity ppl didnt vote for himRecommend

  • Raisani
    Dec 24, 2015 - 10:10AM

    After so many defeats, this win is the sigh of relief for PTI. Congrats! Recommend

  • Dilawar
    Dec 24, 2015 - 10:11AM

    PTI has won. Hence there is no rigging.Recommend

  • Lodhran Youth
    Dec 24, 2015 - 10:16AM

    Jehangir Tareen used money to win this election. he is the richest man in PTI.
    Rs. 2000 each paid to thousands voters.
    Is this ideology of PTI.Recommend

  • Rohail
    Dec 24, 2015 - 10:27AM

    I think PMLn let PTI win deliberately: ) anyways Sadiq Baloch got the same number of votes he did in 2013, while Jet Tareen bought everyone else to increase his votes and win. This result shows no rigging took place in 2013 as Sadiq Baloch got the same votes.Recommend

  • Cultbuster
    Dec 24, 2015 - 10:28AM

    Congratulations to PTI !! Finally IK is able to put one of his two favorite billionaires in the assembly. As for PML N you didn’t deserve to win with such a controversial candidate Recommend

  • zubair
    Dec 24, 2015 - 10:48AM

    PM remembered only Lodhran to gift them with 2.5 billion (25 million $) among so many districts in Pakistan. Even 5 year old kid will say PM is guilty of pre poll rigging.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Dec 24, 2015 - 10:50AM

    So now there was no rigging cause PTI won. HahahaRecommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 24, 2015 - 10:50AM

    If the shoe was on the other foot and PML-N Baloch had won, the election would have been declared “RIGGED”. Just stating from the past. Recommend

  • Jan
    Dec 24, 2015 - 10:54AM

    If PTI wins, there is no rigging.
    If PTI loses, there is rigging.
    This is the politics of PTI.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 24, 2015 - 10:54AM

    Jahaz Tareen, you pipsqueaks can win some seats but don’t get used to it. The people of Pukhtunkhwa are getting sick of your empty slogans. You will die a natural political death in the next coming election. Recommend

  • Adnan
    Dec 24, 2015 - 11:26AM

    Imran will make noise as if he has won entire Pakistan.Recommend

  • Arif
    Dec 24, 2015 - 11:54AM

    Dhandli!!!! Tareen had his victory speech way before the last vote was counted. Tareen is a chore. What do you expect from a billionaire who has jets, expensive cars and huge houses. How did he make all this money in such a short time? Fake leader. There were 40 thousand bogus votes. Shame on pti.

    Now, pti will accept these result and call it fair elections. What a pity!Recommend

  • ImTheDim
    Dec 24, 2015 - 1:01PM

    Atleast no more dharnas and blockades about rigging elections from ImTheDim anymore.Recommend

  • adnans hair
    Dec 24, 2015 - 1:11PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Oh, it won’t be so bad. We are a resiliant people. If we can survive the bumbling incompetent so called governance of nawaz we can surely survive one more PTI MNA. :)Recommend

  • adnans hair
    Dec 24, 2015 - 1:13PM

    @Blithe:
    Don’t worry bro, nawaz business empire and his flats in park lane will survive!Recommend

  • raider
    Dec 24, 2015 - 1:50PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    how morally pathetic you would have been , when pmln wins then you tend to drumbeat their victory, when pti wins they are anarchist and fake, loot and plunder is injurious to Pakistan remember buddy.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 24, 2015 - 1:55PM

    Get real…….nobody stunned nobody……..this time around the PML-N allowed PTI to win. Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Dec 24, 2015 - 1:58PM

    This proves if the polling is largely fair, PTI will win. Thats the stance of Imran Khan. Thats vindicated.
    Though PMLN used every tactic for pre poll rigging but on the day polling Army was inside and outside of the polling stations, that made possible fair polling.

    If you allow local Police and bureaucracy, they can deliver to PMLN win anywhere without voters, thats the reality!Recommend

  • adnans hair
    Dec 24, 2015 - 2:52PM

    @zubair:
    A five year old will surely say that, but we still have grown men (PMLN fanboys) who still have their head stuck in the sand…Recommend

  • Asy ma wail !
    Dec 24, 2015 - 2:59PM

    @Lakhkar Khan:

    Walay baachaa, easy load day rayad sho?Recommend

  • Jack
    Dec 24, 2015 - 3:13PM

    People of Lodhran are foolish. Now they will not get laptops and flyovers or promises of electricity/gas from PML-N.Recommend

  • adnans hair
    Dec 24, 2015 - 3:36PM

    @Parvez:
    wow, looks like you have been stunned :)
    What else can explain your silly statement? :)Recommend

  • adnans hair
    Dec 24, 2015 - 3:45PM

    @Jack:
    haha, yes, no bullet train for Lodhran either!Recommend

  • Arshad Kamal Khan
    Dec 24, 2015 - 3:48PM

    Is this the beginning of the end of uneducated devious, manipulative, corrupt politicians????Recommend

  • adnans hair
    Dec 24, 2015 - 6:09PM

    @Adnan Siddiqui:
    Huh? Noon lost because they borrowed money?!? Looks like this loss has hit you hard, you’re not making sense bro. Surely you mean to say that noon lost despite trying to bribe the people with 2.5billion rupees?Recommend

  • Sultan Durrani
    Dec 24, 2015 - 7:08PM

    Despite all Pre Poll rigging, induction of 30000 unknown votes, use of unlimited government machinery and support of PML-N B Team (ECP). People of Lodhran has inflicted a shameless defeat to them to be remembered by their generations to come.On top of everything, presence of Army inside & out side Polling stations made a big big difference.Though, still the elections can be termed as rigged on so many counts but people foiled all of their acts. Recommend

  • Ikramullah three na three Niazi
    Dec 25, 2015 - 5:07AM

    @Asy ma wail !:

    You said, “Walay baachaa, easy load day rayad sho?”

    How old is the easyload joke? About 8 years? Can you U-TURN heads come up with something better?

    Anyways, Imran Niazi’s father was the biggest thief of its time. He was nicknamed “Ikramuallah three Na three Niazi” and was later dismissed form his post in the government job. You must be one of the Tsunami brainless robots, are you?. Recommend

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