Karachi partial re-polling: PTI’s Arif Alvi wins NA-250 seat

Published: May 20, 2013
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According to the official, Alvi had secured around 51,000 votes on May 11, against MQM candidate Khushbakht Shujaat, who received around 47,000 votes. PHOTO: PPI

According to the official, Alvi had secured around 51,000 votes on May 11, against MQM candidate Khushbakht Shujaat, who received around 47,000 votes. PHOTO: PPI

KARACHI: After much debate, allegations and counter-allegations between political parties, a partial re-run of the vote in 43 polling stations of NA-250 (Karachi-XII) concluded peacefully and efficiently on Sunday, amid tight security provided by police, Rangers and army personnel.

As unofficial results from the re-polls poured in late Sunday night, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) appeared far ahead of the pack.

Dr Arif Alvi, PTI’s candidate for the National Assembly seat, led with 17,541 votes – a staggering lead considering his sole rival for the constituency, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Naimatullah Khan, could muster around 446 votes, despite Jamaat-e-Islami’s boycott.

Unofficial results for NA-250’s corresponding provincial assembly constituencies – PS-112 and PS-113 – were similarly encouraging for PTI. Its candidate for PS-112, Khurram Sher Zaman, secured 2,521 votes from seven polling stations, against his opponent Khalid Iqbal of Awami National Party who could only secure 177 votes.

PTI candidate for PS-113 Samar Ali Khan, meanwhile, polled 9,501 votes, according to the results of 28 polling stations. His rival candidate, Saleem Zia of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz bagged around 3,291 votes.

Till the filing of this report, election staff was still busy counting the votes from 43 stations.

Talking to The Express Tribune, a senior Election Commission official said that Dr Alvi had unofficially been elected to the National Assembly seat. According to the official, Alvi secured around 51,000 votes on May 11, against Muttahida Qaumi Movement candidate Khushbakht Shujaat, who received around 47,000 votes, and Pakistan Peoples Party candidate Rashid Rabbani, who received around 17,000 votes.

With their respective parties’ decision to boycott the partial re-run of polls, their chances of defeating Alvi have been virtually erased.

“After adding the results from the re-polls, Alvi’s vote count may rise up to 68,500,” the official maintained, adding that the final results would be announced by May 22.

More than 80,000 voters had been registered in the 43 polling stations where the re-polls were scheduled to take place. While the process ended without any untoward incident – as opposed to May 11, which witnessed mismanagement and staggering delays, amid allegations of rigging – the turnout on Sunday was much lower than Election Day. In several stations, the turnout was as low as 30-40%, compared to 55-60% on May 11.

The low turnout can be gauged from the example of Aram Bagh polling station, where only 49 votes were cast against 1,400 registered voters. Similarly, while 1,100 voters were registered at the polling station near the Railway Station, only 500 people turned up to cast votes on Sunday.

A higher turnout was witnessed in the DHA and Clifton areas, despite fears stoked by the killing of senior PTI leader Zahra Shahid Hussain the night before.

“We are really happy to see the arrangements made by the ECP. If such measures had been taken on May 11, the situation would have been much better,” said Abdul Haq, a senior citizen who came to vote at the Aisha Bawany School.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (80)

  • Snoop Dog
    May 20, 2013 - 4:21AM

    Proof of MQM ballot stiffing all over Karachi and Hyderabad. Now we know MQM did not win the elections as they alleged. Woof Woof!!!

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  • Munda
    May 20, 2013 - 4:30AM

    A good will gesture from Election Commission of Pakistan to PTI to hid their mistakes.Recommend

  • asim
    May 20, 2013 - 4:30AM

    SO MQM gone with the wind

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  • Usman
    May 20, 2013 - 4:30AM

    PTI secured 77000 votes against MQM 30000 votes. In 2008 MQM secured 52000 votes to win this seat. So a clear victory for PTI. Now it can be seen why MQM wanted re polling on all polling stations. They knew they had lost it. Congratulations team PTI. Seat dedicated to Zahra Hussain.

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  • Arshad Silva
    May 20, 2013 - 5:00AM

    Congratulations for a charity seat

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  • Ali
    May 20, 2013 - 5:01AM

    Imran Khan and PTI Zindabad. Down with terrorists of Karachi —> MQM

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  • Dr.X
    May 20, 2013 - 5:05AM

    Finally, one seat in Karachi where the elections were ‘free and fair’

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  • Syed Hasib Ur Rehman
    May 20, 2013 - 5:29AM

    This is discrimination with Karachi. These elections are fake, GOVT of Pakistan is involved in this .I want international observers to look at this biased act of Election Commissioin of Pakistan
    PTI or TTP can never win from KarachiRecommend

  • Faisal
    May 20, 2013 - 5:36AM

    Welcome to Karachi PTI, hope you enjoy your short visit :). Let the games begin……

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 20, 2013 - 5:48AM

    So many bomb blasts, killings and destruction prior to elections would have been wasted, if Taliban had not won atleast one seat from their fianancial headquaters. Congratulations to them.

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  • Ajmal
    May 20, 2013 - 5:53AM

    PTI won this seat by VOTES not by THAPPA. MQM boycotted because they knew they were losing and they can’t rig again in the presence of army.

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  • Hanan Sheikh
    May 20, 2013 - 5:54AM

    @Syed Hasib Ur Rehman: International observers were never allowed when mqm is on field, they are only allowed to observed when mqm bycotted. See EU election observation mission report!

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  • Humayun
    May 20, 2013 - 5:56AM

    some of my KHI friends feel insecure with the election of PML(N) into power. Operation of 1990s haunt them. I just hope that situation will be much better, peaceful, developmental, prosperous and growth oreinted this time around.

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  • Mirza
    May 20, 2013 - 6:17AM

    The establishment wants to hide PTI’s election defeat especially in Sindh and wants to bring it at number two position in NA come what may. As the time goes by the results are changing in favor of PTI and even PML-N the two parties endorsed and protected by TTP. Most of these “new” results are to put PTI as leader of opposition vs. PPP.
    This election is like many seats in Baluchistan where some rightwing party candidates have won with a total of 5 hundred votes! NA-250’s re-polling is similar to that kind of polling as the results show. It would be interesting to see how these PTI and PML-N members of Sindh assembly work out in the actual parliamentary sessions.

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  • ;-) chief
    May 20, 2013 - 6:40AM

    Fair & Free in Karachi…..But What about Lahore…..?????

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  • Fudge
    May 20, 2013 - 6:41AM

    Now MQM please don’t be sore losers and graciously accept defeat and that, too when you couldn’t influence anything. You had already lost it on 11th May 51K V 47K, that’s why you wanted a 2nd chance at re-polling to get more votes out of the other polling stations because we all know who residents of Defense and Clifton voted for.

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  • The Khan-Waterloo,Ontario
    May 20, 2013 - 6:44AM

    WOW. impressed with PTI’s performance
    Majority in KPK with its own CM
    seats in all three major cities:Isl, Khi and Lahore.
    Second largest party in Punjab and Karachi.

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  • shariq
    May 20, 2013 - 6:52AM

    I am sure this one seat will have more weightage than other MNA belongs to Sindh.Recommend

  • Assad
    May 20, 2013 - 7:02AM

    Since MQM sat this one out, the results were obviously influenced by the many inhabitants of DHA and Clifton, who unlike other parts of the city, tend to be mostly non-Urdu speaking. The results were expected. Nothing surprising here with the PTI winning the seat.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    May 20, 2013 - 7:08AM

    Mr.Alvi……..PTI……Congratulations !! We will fight to the hilt till such time as terrorists are eliminated from Karachi & rest of Pakistan.

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  • QB
    May 20, 2013 - 7:44AM

    So the MQM boycotted when they found out that there will be intense security and media scrutiny on these polling stations. They probably knew they will loose badly so they avoided embarrassment. The polling should happen in all constituencies of Karachi. Actually the best thing would be to do the thumb print verification of majority of polling stations in Punjab and Sindh. Doodh ka doodh air pani ka pani ho jaye ga.

    If the old parties want verification in KPK as then that should be fine too.

    Overall, I feel this would change the results dramatically.

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  • Roni
    May 20, 2013 - 7:44AM

    Now the elections are fair and transparent like in many other parts of the country. Only TTP supported parties and their voters are allowed to vote while the opponents are forced to sit home. By not holding the full election the EC did what TTP could not fully achieve in Sindh. Now the losing number 3 party can claim to be a national party on the basis of one or two seats stolen after the elections.

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  • Abdul Lateef
    May 20, 2013 - 8:29AM

    PTI good luck!!!
    This is the dawn of a new era in Karachi..more peaceful and stable it will be if we minus MQM from Karachi. Surely this seat will lead PTI to new heights!!!

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  • sensible
    May 20, 2013 - 8:30AM

    Those who crying that MQM gifted this seat to PTI should know that MQM candidates got 37000 votes, arif alvi grab 77000, even if they contest they would have loose easily since cliften and DHA are mostly PTI voters.Recommend

  • Hassan
    May 20, 2013 - 8:32AM

    **

    now I want repolling in whole karachi
    and END the DICTATORSHIP rule of MQM !!!

    **

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  • karachiwala
    May 20, 2013 - 8:34AM

    @Dr.X:
    Really Doc?? What about Lyari???

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  • Weird
    May 20, 2013 - 8:37AM

    So the sympathy vote tactics worked!

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  • Asjad
    May 20, 2013 - 8:40AM

    Congrats out of more than 80000 votes PTI has secured 17000. This probably is the highest turn out in the history of tsunamis.

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  • Truth_Prevails
    May 20, 2013 - 8:48AM

    @Arshad Silva: Grapes are Sour.

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  • Pragmatist
    May 20, 2013 - 9:05AM

    Congratulations PTI – against all odds you have shown big showing throughout the Karachi sometimes securing over 30% vote. You have surely become the No. 2 party in Karachi. The challenges have just begun. Now if the reelections in KHI are not to occur then don’t create any more animosity with MQM – keep your eyes on the price i.e. Noon league because they have what you want.

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  • Bleh
    May 20, 2013 - 9:07AM

    “According to the official, Alvi had secured around 51,000 votes on May 11, against MQM candidate Khushbakht Shujaat, who received around 47,000 votes. PHOTO: PPI”

    According to the official, Alvi secured around 51,000 votes on May 11, against Muttahida Qaumi Movement candidate Khushbakht Shujaat, who received around 47,000 votes, and Pakistan Peoples Party candidate Rashid Rabbani, who received around 17,000 votes.
    “With their respective parties’ decision to boycott the partial re-run of polls, their chances of defeating Alvi have been virtually erased.”

    Can the people not comprehend this? Where do they see rigging when PTI was already in lead? I am surprised if they already won last time why was there so much unrest in Karachi by naive people, dharna was of no use, people who had to be stuck on SharaeFaisal and other roads for hours deserve some dharna. This proves there was no rigging at such level portrayed by the social media. I hope people would wake up from their slumber now and go back to work. strong text

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  • Khurram
    May 20, 2013 - 9:15AM

    This was not their confirmed seat to start with. MQM lost to MMA as well here in the past

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  • VoiceOfgilgit
    May 20, 2013 - 9:29AM

    End of terror area in Karachi and beginning a new area in Karachi… Congratulation….

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  • bilal
    May 20, 2013 - 9:38AM

    Naya Pakistan

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  • Saqib khan
    May 20, 2013 - 9:39AM

    Congrats he deserve it!!!!

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  • Riaz Ahmad
    May 20, 2013 - 9:44AM

    Be ready for another target killing by the MQM political mob.

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  • Kosher Niazi
    May 20, 2013 - 9:44AM

    Oh MQM, join the line of failed parties. Better find new venues of financing your party when crackdown starts on extortionists.

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  • Effendi
    May 20, 2013 - 9:49AM

    Wow. And Imran Khan becomes PM and Pakistan becomes Malaysia after NA 250 results.

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  • shafqat ullah
    May 20, 2013 - 9:55AM

    that is the reality of pti which show that when election is free,fair ,and whith provided security then the victory will for pti

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  • ZYZE ( U.K )
    May 20, 2013 - 10:09AM

    @Humayun: For peaceful, developmental, prosperous and growth oreinted this time around , we need a bigger operation then 1990 , the situation is more worse.
    i hope and wish it will start very soon.Recommend

  • May 20, 2013 - 10:09AM

    Mabrook! Mubarak ho! Viva! Bravo! Ole! Congrats! Arif Alvi………remember you have won with a convincing margin. Don’t forget the people who have voted for you and stood in line for hours in the sweltering heat and humidity. All we ask of you is to do your job HONESTLY AND HUMBLY. Remember this victory must make you humbler and do not forget the promises you made to the electorate. Pakistan needs CHANGE and not VIOLENCE. Salams

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  • Not required
    May 20, 2013 - 10:25AM

    hahahahaha In Defence on many polling stations, polling didn’t even take place. PTI supporters kept waiting all day including many old people. Re-polling gave them their right to vote.

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  • Ahsan
    May 20, 2013 - 10:29AM

    Arif Alvi was already leading in the polling result on 11th may, thats why they wanted elections in the entire na 250. MQM should understand people are not dumb enough to belive in their drama. Lets free Karachi from terror. Congrats Arif Alvi and PTI.

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  • Yousuf
    May 20, 2013 - 10:29AM

    Finally some good news for PTI from Karachi, but i just cant shake the feeling that Imran Khan set our expectations too high by saying we would win the majority of seats in the country, i just feel robbed

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  • May 20, 2013 - 10:31AM

    PTI replaces ANP in KPK and in Karachi.

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  • Rumormonger
    May 20, 2013 - 10:44AM

    Had MQM not boycotted these polls, Dr. Alvi would have got another 10-15 thousand votes.

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  • Power Point
    May 20, 2013 - 10:48AM

    This is the first time that a figure of 51,000 has been mentioned for the number of votes acquired by Arif Alvi on 11th May. If that was indeed the case than what was all this mayhem about. In any case, no single PTI worker or leader has been able to explain why PTI did not support the demand for a recount in the whole of the constituency. What were they afraid of. If they had any political sense, they would have agreed with the challenge. The polls were to be held under the presence of army in any case and an MQM’s loss would have been verifiable and undeniable. This is why PTI has to be shown itself to be mentally bankrupt when it comes to political strategy. It is obvious that most Karachiites will never accept this result as reflective of their will. If declared a win, it will remain to be seen a win extracted on the strength of the tanks, not of the legs.

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  • The Power of Reason
    May 20, 2013 - 10:51AM

    The hollowness of this so-called win is deafening.

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  • Muhajir
    May 20, 2013 - 10:54AM

    PTI is nothing except SOCIAL MEDIA PARTY that is why they are wiped out in Punjab!….they are playing politics of blame game

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  • True Karachiwala
    May 20, 2013 - 11:04AM

    shahdat of Ms.zahra hussain is Hakeem Saeed Shaheed Murder part 2. It was then Mian Nawaz Sharif Regime, and on this pretext he started operation against Karachi.

    Now Nawaz Sharif have won and Imran Khan was in full mood to launch agitation against rigging in Punjab but the murder has shifted PTI’s attention towards MQM.Kill two birds with one stone. Apply benefit theory and guess the name.

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  • Muhajir
    May 20, 2013 - 11:04AM

    since PTI was winning on 11th may so all allegation of rigging was politically motivated to get other parties boycott the election and influenced the JHARLOO ELECTION COMMISSION by dharna….Qadiri was right weaken and aged shoulder cannot take the responsibility of fair election in the whole country…..WHERE IS THE TSUNAMI IN PUNJAB? HAS ANYBODY ANSWER ABOUT THIS?

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  • Faraz Najam
    May 20, 2013 - 11:21AM

    @Asjad:
    grapes are sour! The fact is they “WON” that particular seat and the other dominant party is being challenged.

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  • Gemini
    May 20, 2013 - 11:22AM

    Announce re-elections in whole city Karachi, I am damn sure that MQM will boycott the whole elections too if the security would be like the same as it was yesterday.

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  • Muhajir
    May 20, 2013 - 11:24AM

    @bilal:

    Naya Pakistan

    ONLY IN NA250! LOL

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  • NS
    May 20, 2013 - 11:25AM

    I think Arif Alvi deserved to win this seat considering his political stature !

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  • Dr. Ahsan
    May 20, 2013 - 11:37AM

    NA250 is just one seat,PTI was in the lead on atleast 10 seats in Karachi but MQM mafia rigged the results….

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  • Riz
    May 20, 2013 - 11:54AM

    So ideology wins over fear.

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  • Aysha
    May 20, 2013 - 11:56AM

    @bilal:
    When a 27 year old nobody became the mayor of the mega city, that was the time when we had a NAYA PAKISTAN

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  • adnan
    May 20, 2013 - 12:26PM

    Congrats to PTI. Had the election been conducted free & fair in karachi. PTI would have won mejority of the seats. Shame on this fake ECP.

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  • Sita White Bhabi
    May 20, 2013 - 12:41PM

    on 11 May: We have been denied our right to vote. we stood for 8 hours but polling did not start. MQM terrorist abducted polling staff and sboatged polling. No vote cast on 11th Mr.Alvi

    on 19 May more than 17000 votes Mr.Alvi got.

    Total votes Mr.alvi got from NA250 more than 77000. ECP

    Man bring a mathematician from Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Yale or MIT to solve the greatest mathematical puzzle of the century. May be its a “naya” maths ?.

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  • mehreen
    May 20, 2013 - 1:44PM

    I disagree with the fact that these partial elections were entirely free and fair as many voters were disenfranchised from voting as polling station 138 at DHA Phase IV model school did not receive the voters list. polling station 138 constitutes of around 2232 voters in all. according to ECP the votes had already been cast. This is absolutely absurd. Since we are in minority this issue is not being shed much light upon. This was the first time ever that i decided to vote but it was all in vain. Highly disappointing.Recommend

  • Maaz
    May 20, 2013 - 1:48PM

    PTI could not do any thing by charity seat……. no body can get constant success just by speak highly. they have to do work on ground…..no in A/c rooms.

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  • ashar
    May 20, 2013 - 2:05PM

    @Aysha:

    And now we have 40 year old sector and unit incharges. All twentiers left us since our Pakistan has grown old, physically and mentally both.

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  • Champion
    May 20, 2013 - 2:11PM

    @Sita White Bhabi:
    Well responded! Sita bhabhi zindabad!

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  • The Power of Reason
    May 20, 2013 - 2:12PM

    A new twist has been added thanks to the biased benefactors of PTI workng in ECP and elsewhere (you know what I mean). From where has the figure of previously scored 51,000 votes suddenly appeared. It is increasingly becoming obvious that the effort to get PTI at least one seat in Karachi, whatever the means, is being engineered by forces larger than PTI.

    Needless to say, all true Karachiites reject this ‘jharloo’ vote without reservation. Get the repolling done again on the whole of NA 250 and expose the real strength of PTI.

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  • Defenceless!
    May 20, 2013 - 2:28PM

    PTI supporters are trying to give an impression as if the whole of Defence and Clifton, supposedly the poshest areas of Karachi were and are in favor of PTI. Nothing can be further from the truth. I am a very old Defence resident and can vouch that while undoubtedly that PTI does have some support in these two localities, there is a much larger majority who sympathise with MQM even when protesting at its sometimes strong handed tactics.

    Furthermore, while this may be considered biased and narrow, it remains a fact that these two localities also host a significant number of well off non-Karachiites as well (people who live in Karachi but whose loyalties lay with their relations outside the borders of Karachi) who supported PTI on an ethnic basis to spite MQM. While sad, this is nevertheless true, and a fact understood by most Karachiites. This is why PTI will always be considered an outsider and not an insider till the time it takes up the cudgels for Karachi. And mark my word, this would be the very moment when it start losing its appeals amongs the non-Karachiites, both within and outside Karachi.

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  • Azeem
    May 20, 2013 - 3:13PM

    If 20% turnout makes PTI win & they think that it had defeated MQM; well just imagine if the other 80% voted then who would have win. Grow up PTI. By the way PTI is very similar to PTT. Good luck.

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  • READ & AGREED
    May 20, 2013 - 3:26PM

    @Defenceless!: Sir, you simply summed up the facts. Any body with his/her 5 senses working properly can see it all around. Using Upcountry Pakistanis against Karachi is an old tactic of establishment.

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  • salman
    May 20, 2013 - 3:52PM

    @Snoop Dog:

    Snoopy Doggy If that was the case …..PTI was leading the vote count by 51,000 to MQM 47,000…. so if MQM stuffed the vote as you mentioned they would have got far less vote with the presence of media and army and u could have exposed them… but alas that it seems that you had stuffed the ballot box ….. otherwise u would have agreed to election on whole of NA-250…

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  • salman
    May 20, 2013 - 4:14PM

    @asim:

    and PTI gone with tsunami….lolz

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  • Faisal
    May 20, 2013 - 5:02PM

    PTI and IK lost a golden opportunity to pressurize MQM in holding elections in whole of Karachi and Hyderabad. If IK had accepted MQM’s demand of holding reelection in the whole NA 250 constituency, with the present security set up, the result would have been the same but more importantly it would have given PTI’s demand for reelection in the city a greater push, than just having re-election in only 43 polling stations.

    I don’t know what will be the next step for PTI because clearly they cannot continue to fight against PML(N) and MQM at the same time. They need to pick their fight and go to court if required. Get support of all the political parties involved in Karachi but do something mature other than a dharna at the press club.

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  • Aysha
    May 20, 2013 - 5:11PM

    MQM has an opportunity to elevate the party to a higher moral ground by not responding to the inane remarks of PTI head Imran Khan, but apparently MQM is not interested. Very unfortunate situation, the sane elements should move to de-escalate tension in the city

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  • ali
    May 20, 2013 - 5:45PM

    now the era has come, no places for bad fishes , Badmashiyaan nai chaale gi’
    We have to clean karachi from Badmaash, luteray se’

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  • bilal
    May 20, 2013 - 5:50PM

    @Muhajir:
    your workers were working on the other polling stations.

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  • ZEE KHAN
    May 20, 2013 - 6:34PM

    The head line SHOULD BE STEEL THE WIN . BE HAPPY DON T CRY BABIES .

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  • Tsunami
    May 20, 2013 - 7:35PM

    PTI would have clean swept the elections had there been similar arrangements of security of RO’s and army personnel inside the polling booths on 11th May.
    But they knew, and they didn’t let it
    Happen.

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  • ashar
    May 20, 2013 - 8:27PM

    @Aysha:

    Seems you are getting to think sane!

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  • MJ
    May 20, 2013 - 9:56PM

    So the real change has come to good ol’ system. I would recommend everyone to go the ECP website and check themselves that Dr. Alvi has not payed any personal income taxes in the last three years as compared to Khushbakht who payed very high taxes every year. I am not pro MQM or anti PTI, just a neutral person sitting on the fence and watching this “tamasha”. I hope Mr. Alvi is judged by the same high standards that his supporters have for their opponents.

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  • Death
    May 20, 2013 - 10:33PM

    Wrong figures quoted by ET , the real figures are

    Arif ur Rehman Alvi Pakistan
    Tehreek-e-Insaf 77659

    Khushbakht Shujat Muttahidda Qaumi
    Movement 30365

    So a 47,000 lead. I think this constituency was decided way before the results came in.

    Source:
    http://www.ecp.gov.pk/electionresult/Search.aspx?constituency=NA&constituencyid=NA-250

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  • The Power of Reason
    May 20, 2013 - 11:53PM

    As a permanent residence of Karachi and that of Defence in NA250, i demand from mqm, the representative party of Karachi, to challenge this sham election in NA250 and have the results of this constituency annulled before it gets any veneer of acceptance. Let Arif Alvi be taken to task and disqualified for tampering with the ballot boxes on 11th May as accepted by himself in his twitters. Let him explain the absence of his IT returns. Let ecp explain the sudden appearance of 51000 votes for alvi out of the blue – a figure never quoted previously. Mqm would be doing a disservice to Karachi if it accepts this result lying down.

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