Pakistani politicians came out on Wednesday to exercise their right to vote.
Interim Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk travelled to Swat to cast his vote for NA-3 (Swat III) while President Mamnoon Hussain voted in Karachi’s NA-247 constituency.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif was among the first few politicians who cast their votes in the morning, followed by his arch-rival Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, who cast his vote in Islamabad for NA-53.
Imran and Shehbaz were criticised by the ECP for violating code of conduct by speaking to the media after casting their votes.
Imran and Shehbaz were criticised by the ECP for violating the code of conduct by speaking to the media after casting their votes.
Contesting polls for the first time, Jamaatud Dawa’s chief Hafiz Saeed cast his vote at a polling station in Lahore.
In Rawalpindi, former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf voted for the constituency of NA-58, whereas the chief of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rasheed also cast his vote from NA-62, while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s leader Babar Awan voted for the constituency NA-57.
On the other hand, former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal cast his vote in Narowal. Iqbal is competing against PTI’s singer-turned-politician Abrarul Haq. Earlier this year, Iqbal also came under a gun attack in Narowal.
In Sindh, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari voted at an NA-200 polling station in Larkana, while his sisters, Bakhtawar and Asifa Bhutto both cast their votes for NA-213 Nawabshah.
In Karachi’s NA-247, Leader of Opposition in Senate Sherry Rehman cast her vote. President Mamnoon Hussain also cast his vote from the same constituency.
Independent candidate Jibran Nasir was also seen casting his vote for NA-247. Nasir shared his voting experience in tweet, saying that he had the pleasure of meeting opposing candidate Arif Alvi at the polling centre.
PML-N’s Miftah Ismail cast his vote at Karachi’s NA-244 polling station, while PTI’s Amir Liaquat cast vote at Karachi’s NA-219 polling station.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, former K-P chief minister Ameer Haider Hoti cast his vote in Mardan, while Awami National Party’s chief Asfandyar Wali Khan cast his vote in Charsadda. Earlier this morning an ANP was killed in a firing incident in Swabi.
In Balochistan, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani cast his vote in Chaghi.