NA-25 by-polls: PTI wins JUI-F stronghold

Published: September 19, 2013
PTI chairman addressing a rally. PHOTO: QASIM USMAN/FILE

PTI chairman addressing a rally. PHOTO: QASIM USMAN/FILE


The national assembly constituency that had been a traditional stronghold of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam – Fazl (JUI-F) has finally been snatched by the ruling K-P party in the latest episode of the by-elections, based on unconfirmed and unofficial poll figures communicated to The Express Tribune.

By-elections took place on Wednesday in NA-25 D I Khan cum Tank where the PTI candidate Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi secured the NA seat with 64,218 votes in the complete result of all polling stations with JUI-F chief’s son, Asad Mehmood lagging behind with 52,315votes.

In a unlikely coalition, the PPP, PML-N and ANP all supported the PTI candidate to present a united front against the JUI-F candidate.

The seat had been won by the JUI-F candidates in the last three general elections, including the May 11 polls.

Earlier the by-elections in the NA-25 constituency were postponed from August 22 due to security reasons.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • syed Imran
    Sep 19, 2013 - 9:50AM

    So PTI wipes out JUI Fazl in contrast to Fazu lrehman boasting that PTI will be burried People will not vote for religious actors Enough is Enough


  • Afrooz
    Sep 19, 2013 - 9:56AM

    IK: “Dhaandhli, Dhaandhli, Dhaa… ahem!! err … ok, we accept the mandate given to us by the people of Pakistan. “



  • Usman
    Sep 19, 2013 - 9:58AM

    That’s amazing news. The people know that PTI is the only party that will bring positive change in the country.


  • asfandyar
    Sep 19, 2013 - 10:04AM

    After 52 years jui f has lost this seat for the first time!Recommend

  • Bill
    Sep 19, 2013 - 10:14AM

    Good job PTI, proud of being associated with PTI. Lets give change& IK a chance…


  • hmm
    Sep 19, 2013 - 10:16AM

    I’m waiting for May 2014, I hope PTI sort outs main issues by then or else people are not going to given them an easy time. Its end of September & no sign of local body elections in KPK, nor there are any major signs of Peshawar being a model city. It is not that hard to improve Policing, healthcare, cleanliness etc in one city within few weeks.


  • Kaleem
    Sep 19, 2013 - 10:19AM

    Not a PTI fan lately due to their cry baby politics, but happy to see them winning against JUI F, Well done PTI.


  • Z
    Sep 19, 2013 - 10:26AM

    Congrats to PTI!


  • Sami
    Sep 19, 2013 - 10:27AM

    To Whatever extent you blame IK from friends of Taliban , to his former wife and his empty promises but still people like him because he is leader of change.. Way to go PTI…


  • Aysha M
    Sep 19, 2013 - 10:47AM

    Pyrrhic victory when women were barred from voting


  • Zeeshan
    Sep 19, 2013 - 10:57AM

    @ Afrooz Good one, nice sense of humor :)


  • adeel
    Sep 19, 2013 - 11:04AM

    but why PMLN and PPP voted for PTI?


  • Aamir Kamal Soofi
    Sep 19, 2013 - 11:23AM

    This is a good news for PTI Government in KPK. I think PTI have like minded people and candidates for legislation in assembly. My prayers are with them. PTI must stand for people in maintain Law and order situation . congratulations to PTI candidate to secure votes of the area.


  • Ahmad Khan
    Sep 19, 2013 - 11:24AM

    The results show that Pashtuns are finally fad up with religious parties. JUI (F) has already suffered heavy losses in Balochistan’s Pashtun region. Good bye Maulana.


  • iCAN
    Sep 19, 2013 - 11:25AM

    Yeh cheez! Long live Imran khanRecommend

  • Muhammad Bilal Ramzan
    Sep 19, 2013 - 11:26AM

    ET should proof read what it published. PPP candidate was Faisal Karim Kundi, former deputy speaker, in NA25.!


  • Dr Javaid Khan
    Sep 19, 2013 - 11:32AM

    @Afrooz: We have ample proof in Karachi that massive scale rigging took place in May 11 election.


  • Sajid SIAL
    Sep 19, 2013 - 11:34AM

    PTI won in D.I.Khan and Next attempt on PML(N) at LHR.


  • Logic europe
    Sep 19, 2013 - 11:37AM

    The uneducated timid voter has decided to vote the candidate of ruling party like people voted PPP astheynthought was likely to form government in 2008 and PMLN in 2013 becuae they were sure that it is pmln turn


  • A2Z`
    Sep 19, 2013 - 11:38AM

    As usual biased reporting by ET. When PTI lost NA1, all parties were supporting ANP candidate Mr Bilour but ET never mentioned in the news. Now PTI wins this stronghold of JUI-F, ET is trying to take away the credit from PTI.

    ET should also mention that JUI-F has lost this seat after 52 years, even Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto lost this seat.


  • saeed
    Sep 19, 2013 - 11:57AM

    When PTI wins any seat there is always an excuse by ET for that..I have never seen a biased News paper like ET in my whole life..they just do it openly…


  • Rambo
    Sep 19, 2013 - 12:59PM

    I see some one crying……its was not a hard victory for PTI. You just tell me who will pay for the cars buses burnt on the day Nadeem Hashmi was arrested? Just one question.Recommend

  • Murghi
    Sep 19, 2013 - 1:04PM

    Love this Guy!

    Immi All the way!


  • Aysha M
    Sep 19, 2013 - 1:06PM

    No matter how much I like MQM, I still feel sad for Molana. I will support JUIF in next elections.


  • TRUE Boy
    Sep 19, 2013 - 1:36PM

    Anticipating great suppport from this NATION within couple year.


  • Khan Gul
    Sep 19, 2013 - 1:47PM

    Congratulations to ANP, PPP, PML-N for helping PTI’s candidate to win NA-25.


  • TRUE Boy
    Sep 19, 2013 - 2:10PM

    @ Khan Gul
    Congratulations to JUIF, PPP, PML-N for helping ANP’s candidate to win NA-01


  • wak
    Sep 19, 2013 - 2:53PM

    slap for pti bashers


  • Fajju Mulla
    Sep 19, 2013 - 3:15PM

    in the light of the 1973 constitution, this is total rigging.


  • Saloo
    Sep 19, 2013 - 4:01PM

    i belong to DIKhan. ANP does not even exist in this constituency. that is why ANP didn’t compete general election from here.While PMLN candidate had some over 2500 votes in general election from NA25. How on earth can they be in a position to help PTI win. ET trying to undermine a hard earn win by PTI. Great victory for PTI


  • Aysha M
    Sep 19, 2013 - 4:24PM

    Aysha M
    3 hours ago

    No matter how much I like MQM, I still feel sad for Molana. I will support JUIF in next

    So this is going to be a daily ritual, moderators pls do not allow people to fake IDs


  • Truth
    Sep 19, 2013 - 5:07PM

    Express Tribune writes report on biased thought process against PTI. PTI won the seat and you falsely say that ANP, PPP and PML-N supported PTI against JUI-F.
    Please tell truth and not tell lies in your reporting. Selling one’s soul as a reporter is the biggest sin you can do. Ask for Allah forgiveness.
    PTI lost the NA1 seat because of all status quo got together against PTI if voting was on ability of MR Bilour as railway minister he did not deserve any vote.


  • Ali Shah
    Sep 19, 2013 - 7:24PM

    Come on PTI. We are with you. Imran, Insha Allah you will be the next PM of Pakistan.


  • Arzoo
    Sep 19, 2013 - 9:54PM

    @ Aysha M: **

    No matter how much I like MQM, I still
    feel sad for Molana. I will support
    JUIF in next elections.

    I was baffled for a minute; it did not sound like coming from you. Thanks for the clarification. We must support at all costs those who are attempting to bring change and some relief to our oppressed and unfortunate people. I feel PTI is at least trying against all odds.


  • wsd
    Sep 20, 2013 - 1:27AM

    No matter if you are with him or against him but you cannot ignore Imran…..HE has ushered in a a new era of politics and even though PTI did not win a thumping majority 7.5 million votes speak volumes of what this party can do…..It won from Karachi, Rawalpindi and swept KPK. It got a decent number of votes in both urban and rural Punjab. It did not get enought support in Baluchistan and rural sindh but if they perform in KPK, I wil not be surprised if next time they win considerable number of seats in Punjab, KPK and Sindh and even some seats in Baluchistan.Recommend

  • Aysha M
    Sep 20, 2013 - 4:36AM

    Thanks Arzoo, I am a regular on ET (one newspaper woman!) for nearly two years, but after the elections I am targetted on a daily basis. Sorry about this confusion.

    I think MQM and PTI are natural allies, it was so great to see them shedding their claws some while ago, but they seem to be back to square one. PTI despite 17 years of active politics is still caught somewhere in the learning curve. Imran Khan’s fall was such a horrendous scene. He was their supposed PM. It was so embarrassing to see him carried off lie that. PTI could probably out source organization and discipline at events to MQM and learn a thing or two from them and leave ‘doing Karachi’ to MQM, because PTI does not have public support or political maturity to ‘do Karachi’, it should best be left to those who now the trade.


  • Go zardari go
    Sep 20, 2013 - 7:16AM

    @Aysha M:
    Well If you would stop trolling and actually have a discussion then maybe you won’t be targeted. See what you just wrote, always attacking is the way to get attention which is what you want I guess but a discussion requires treating both point of views with respect. If you want respect then tell us why you made the argument. Calling PTI immature and walking off will accomplish exactly what you wanted I believe and that is attention. Tell us what makes PTI immature and PMLN mature or the MQM or the PPP. And for god sakes no ridiculous other worldly suggestions.


  • Atta ul Qadeer
    Sep 20, 2013 - 8:02AM

    Come on people u don’t know importance of PTI’s Victory in Tank Fazal ur Rehman has been winning this seat from so many elections after election he leave our seat for brother or cousin we don’t have any kind of benefit and people were still surprizingly support JUI F Thanks God this time we got rid of JUI F.


  • Emen Khan
    Sep 22, 2013 - 2:37PM

    It was a joint effort of all the parties including PTI, PPP, JI, PMLs, ANP to shoot down the
    debutante Mullah before he could take off.


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