Imran Khan loses Lahore seat to PML-N

Published: May 12, 2013
PML-N candidate Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has beaten PTI Chairman Imran Khan on the Lahore seat NA-122 seat by a close margin. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PML-N candidate Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has beaten PTI Chairman Imran Khan on the Lahore seat NA-122 seat by a close margin. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: In the battle for Lahore between the PML-N and PTI, the former has emerged victorious, according to unofficial results on Sunday morning.

PML-N candidate Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has beaten PTI Chairman Imran Khan on the Lahore seat NA-122 seat by a close margin.

In a pre-poll interview conducted by The Express Tribune, the PTI chief was confident of his victory. Sadiq, however, has consistently won from this constituency in the 2002 and 2008 elections.

After Sadiq’s victory was declared, PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz posted on Twitter: “Lahore ne Nawaz Sharif se wafa ki! (Lahore has showed loyalty to Nawaz Sharif!)”


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  • usman
    May 12, 2013 - 2:03AM

    The results of all polling stations where PTI was winning were deliberately delayed and announced the last, giving way to manipulation.


  • Safwan
    May 12, 2013 - 2:05AM

    RIGGING! Let’s see what PTI leadership says.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 12, 2013 - 2:06AM

    Tsunami averted. Lahore is saved.


  • Arman yousaf
    May 12, 2013 - 2:09AM

    An iron stroke:)


  • Green Tiger
    May 12, 2013 - 2:13AM



  • Dr Imran Ahmed
    May 12, 2013 - 2:15AM

    Congratulations Ayaz even though you vanquished our leader!


  • Ali Syed
    May 12, 2013 - 2:16AM

    Imran’s winning…. Imran’s winning by a big margin… Imran’s winning by a huge margin… no result… no result… Imran lost… yeah that seem about right.


  • abc
    May 12, 2013 - 2:17AM

    I am ashamed to be a Lahori….


  • Vishal
    May 12, 2013 - 2:22AM

    ……….unofficial results on Sunday MORNING….

    At which time, Morning is Consider in Pakistan??
    Here in India it’s 2:50 AM and we still call it midnight.


  • Ricky
    May 12, 2013 - 2:22AM

    The English medium, elites have lost even in the Pakistani cities! This defeat of IK at the hands of an unknown in the heart of Punjab tells the whole story. The arrogant PTI should cooperate with the elected PM by the masses of Pakistan and work under PML-N.
    Not too many Pakistanis can relate with PTI and IK. We are born, raised, marry, work a regular job and dies in Pakistan. That is why the nation knows and awards our kids and grandkids.


  • pak patriot
    May 12, 2013 - 2:26AM

    Rigging in progress to announce PMLN victory in NA-56


  • ashar
    May 12, 2013 - 2:26AM

    IK dont lose hope. You are the future.


  • umr
    May 12, 2013 - 2:29AM

    Imran Khan has lost Lahore, Na-122 to a PML-N guy whose name I had never even heard before. If I needed proof of elections the being rigged, this was it.
    In one Jalsa of his in Lahore IK is able to get more than 100k supporters, who brave the cold , the storms and rains to listen to him.
    Yet he got only 60,000 votes vs 70,000 votes for the PML-N guy. Rubbish and unacceptable.


  • Usman Lateef
    May 12, 2013 - 2:31AM

    IK’s Pride has made him fall upon his knees … Allah Hu Akbar :)


  • Aleena M
    May 12, 2013 - 2:33AM

    Disappointing defeat for Imran Khan but still his dream of a naya Pakistan is on hold for another few years. congratulations to PML N :)


  • M Irfan iqbal
    May 12, 2013 - 2:33AM

    Nawaz sherif is a very gentle person
    and deserves this victory.
    he is a good administrater


  • syedshah
    May 12, 2013 - 2:35AM

    The real losers are only the Taliban specifically the TTP, now I hope the next government instead of inviting these murderers for talks, instead decimates them with severe bombing campaign, we the people of Pakistan don’t want talks with the killers of our children. We want their blood only.

    No one has a right to talk peace with them without the permission of all those who lost their loved ones.

    No one…..not Imran Khan, not Zardari and not Nawaz Shareef.


  • عمر ریاض
    May 12, 2013 - 2:57AM

    Of course the election are “rigged” since PTI has lost. Keep telling yourself that instead of accepting your defeat like a sportsman.


  • Observer
    May 12, 2013 - 3:02AM

    What I fail to understand is how can any sane person vote for PPP, PML N and Q, ANP, MQM and the likes. Many overseas Pakistanis now will not send any remittance to these insane people who bought these same goons back in the parliament because their money is going to end up in bank accounts of these politicians (read dacoits), again.


  • iftakhar
    May 12, 2013 - 3:05AM

    these morons wont vote for PTI until Imran Khan is no more the guys going to hit 66 in the next elections if you dont vote him then your traitors to the nations.
    If 7 million oversea Pakistanis where able to vote Imran Khan would of won! the 2 million gap would be nothing! 90% of Oversea Pakistanis support Imran khan while the other 10% are a mix of other parties.


  • iTroll
    May 12, 2013 - 3:14AM

    Vishal seriously 2:50 AM is midnight and not (early) morning? Please consider going back to school.

    Anyways I am happy to see IK loosing, Pakistan in current messy state is better for India than IK´s proposed Naya Pakistan.


  • rihatum
    May 12, 2013 - 3:39AM

    NA-122-Lahore 5
    Candidate Party Votes Secured
    Imran Khan PTI 25208
    Sardar Ayaz Sadiq PML-N 24748

    Tribune – what is right ? the above news or your site for election ?

    please update accordingly – thanks


  • abhi
    May 12, 2013 - 4:07AM

    @Vishal: 24:00 is midnight, anywhere in the world. May be you were talking about the language of general conversation. It’s different in written. Even 00:15 is morning for me.


  • Tausif
    May 12, 2013 - 4:09AM

    The election has proved, once again, that only the KP province has the ability to upset and to bring change! The people of KP supported Imran to the best of their efforts…women were on the forefront. But, the youth of Punjab let the PTI down (or may be Nawaz need another term to either become Zardari and vanish, or prove his metal)….
    I am sorry that the Pakistanis did not give Imran Khan his first ever chance and re-elected the PML_N which was part of the coalition of Zardari and the rulers of Punjab. Still, I wish Mian Nawaz Sharief takes it as an opportunity and deliver…but what a sad day for the educated youth of Pakistan and the Pakistani diaspora…I was waiting to see Imran as the NEW PM….Pakistan Zindabad!


  • May 12, 2013 - 4:46AM

    Its a very shameful aspect capt lose from the front


  • AlChemist
    May 12, 2013 - 4:46AM

    Whoever thinks former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is a good administrator, knows nothing about 1990s. Imran did his best for whatever he could. However, he had an obvious support from the electronic media which helped him a lot. This electronic media was established under the reign of President Musharraf.
    So, in essence President Musharraf’s reign helped Imran Khan big time.

    Accept it or not but its the fact.


  • ozzy
    May 12, 2013 - 7:26AM

    If PTI forms the government in KPK,I hope Imran Khan fulfills his promise of eradicating terrorism from our country.


  • allow me
    May 12, 2013 - 8:42AM

    Allow me to explain to the bewildered IK supporters about the outcome here. IK attempted to be a national figure through inspiring the youth. The elderly vote much more in any given election. Also, as they say in America, “All politics is local.”


  • Asim
    May 12, 2013 - 9:08AM

    Shame on the people of Punjab for once again selecting the wrong party when you had to the opportunity of selecting PTI.


  • Mirza
    May 12, 2013 - 10:19AM

    FYI, IK has lost this very seat to this same man in 2002 elections also. This is nothing new or totally unexpected. I know and relate hundreds of overseas Pakistanis and not even 10% of them would vote for IK. He has pockets of support but not in the masses of Punjab and Sindh. I have been saying it that the elections are decided by the heartland of Pakistan and not the elites. If IK were a typical Pakistani and had a typical family that can be offered as a role model who could poor working masses relate with, the situation would have been different.
    Sorry but I believe in democracy and am proud of people and their verdict even though I do not like the two TTP supported parties.


  • Proud Lahore
    May 12, 2013 - 11:53AM

    You should be!!!!!!!!!


  • ZYZE ( U.K )
    May 12, 2013 - 12:42PM

    PTI , supporters , why dont you accept the defeat, change is already there, people knows the importance of voting now, it will be good for the future of the country.

    I am also a supporter of I.K , but i did’t like two things from I.K in the campaign,
    1 – He should not have done personal attacks on N.S and his party.
    2- He did not said much about Zardari and his party, even though Zardari is a certified corrupt.

    Surely , I.K has support in the Urban Areas, but for the Rural areas, they still have to work more to get support.

    I know, N.S , is not any angel, but i consider him less corrupt then Zardari.
    Zardari , is 100 percent corrupt, N.S , is 20 percent.
    I.K , was not an angel in the past as well, but he has good vision now.

    Now i wish and hope , PTI and PMLn , should work together for the betterment of the country.
    If PMLn, Govt could not deliver in 5 years, then surely next time is PTI.


  • Nobody
    May 12, 2013 - 1:11PM

    Please come to Pakistan and tell those who are edging toward starvation, living without healthcare and basic necessities you feel that way. I’m sure they’d appreciate the sentiment. eye roll d**e. crawl back into your hole and kindly stay there. Cheers.

    P.S. befitting handle. you beat me to it bro.


  • Naresh
    May 12, 2013 - 4:53PM

    Folks :
    There are 272 Seats in the Pakistan National Assembly of which 171 are ELECTED and 101 are NOMINATED.
    I would request Pakistani Members to please let me know how are the 101 Seats allocated.
    As I see it PML(N) has 102 Seats in the NA out of 165 DECLARED SEATS. I would like to know how many of the 100 Seats is the PML(N) expected to get.
    Many thanks in Advance


  • Indian
    May 13, 2013 - 1:54AM

    Official ECP website result says IK got only 49 votes in NA-122??? (winner got 93362) I mean only 49??? WTH?? someone please clear this.
    If this is true, for the first time in my life I feel sorry for Pakistan´s current state.


  • Neha Ahmed
    May 13, 2013 - 2:33AM

    @عمر ریاض:
    There are loads of video’s to prove it, don’t be so innocent, you don’t know what kind of corruption exists within our system.


  • Yasir
    May 13, 2013 - 9:57AM

    IK got only 49 votes according to ECP, on their webpage.
    What a joke to nation.
    but ds nation deserves it.Cool !


  • True Karachiwala
    May 13, 2013 - 1:05PM

    @usman: then why are you not demanding re-elections in Punjab ?


  • True Karachiwala
    May 13, 2013 - 1:06PM

    @ashar: Its no more a change or inqilaab just a same old politics.


  • True Karachiwala
    May 13, 2013 - 1:08PM

    @umr: Then demand re-elections in Lahore


  • Dagger
    May 13, 2013 - 1:11PM

    Lahore stabbed IK


  • True Karachiwala
    May 13, 2013 - 1:16PM

    @Neha Ahmed: But PTI is demanding re-election only in Karachi. You know every thing about system in whole of Pakistan but keep stigmatize only Karachi. Your Dr.Alvi sb is so innocent that being an ex secretary gen. of PTI who does not know the PTI policy regarding
    rigging. And he keep demanding re-election in Karachi only


  • Salman Zafar
    May 13, 2013 - 7:13PM

    Massive rigging during delay in announced of results….
    I am resident of NA 122. At various polling stations polling agents were forced to go out with the help of police. And results were tempered…


  • observer
    May 13, 2013 - 7:51PM

    And how was this ‘reverse swing’ generated?

    Using a soft drink cap, or scratching with the thumb?


  • Billo
    May 13, 2013 - 10:25PM

    The fact is that Punjab and the whole country has voted very wisely. The people have punished the incumbents (the PPP. Didn’t someone once say “Democracy is the best revenge?”). They have also voted for the devil they know (PML-N) while giving the devil they don’t know (PTI) a solid chance to prove themselves in parliament or maybe even form government in KPK. If PTI is change for the better then let them prove it and let them contest the next elections based on their record. But please lets not divide the country and sow ethnic rivalries in the wake of such a momentous election. PTI needs to accept the results with grace and take up any irregularities through the proper channels with the ECP. Hopefully the PTI and its supporters can learn that there is more to governance and being politically mature than endless dharnas and tsunamis.


  • christianne hilgenberg
    May 13, 2013 - 10:32PM

    Abraham Lincoln probably the greatest example of persistence
    If you want to learn about somebody who didn’t quit, …

    Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.

    He could have quit many times – but he didn’t and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of USA



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