Pakistan General Elections 2024: The Surprises Keep Coming!
Pakistan’s general election of 2024 has been a rollercoaster ride filled with unexpected twists and turns! Post-election chatter has been buzzing with surprise, and there’s no shortage of eyebrow-raising moments.
From viral memes featuring political heavyweights to dramatic seat relinquishments, here are five things we definitely didn’t see coming in the aftermath of the election frenzy. Let’s dive in and unpack the whirlwind of events!
1. Advancing Female Participation in Pakistan
An independent election watchdog group, the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), released a report on Saturday regarding the recent general elections in Pakistan.
FAFEN’s report was based on observations from 5,664 monitors, including men, women, and transgender individuals, who were deployed to oversee 22,656 polling stations, covering roughly a quarter of the total stations across 265 constituencies. The findings indicated that collaborative measures by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and other stakeholders had successfully narrowed the gender gap in voter registration.
Focused efforts aimed at specific groups resulted in a decrease in the overall gap between the number of male and female voters registered for the elections, dropping from 12.4 million in 2018 to 9.9 million in 2024.
2. Imran Khan’s PTI Defies Expectations in Election
Pakistan’s recent pre election measures were anticipated to quash Imran Khan’s ambitions for power in the populous nation of 240 million.
However, contrary to expectations, supporters of the former prime minister’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Justice Movement) party achieved unexpected success, surprising the nation. Despite Khan’s PTI being officially disqualified from participating following a crackdown, independent candidates aligned with the party achieved significant victories, securing 101 out of 265 seats.
Notably, this election marks the first instance in Pakistan’s history where a leader behind bars has garnered such substantial support, even in the absence of the party’s iconic bat symbol.
3. Hira’s Vocal Performance At MQM-P Event
At a celebration hosted by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) in Karachi, the appearance of a popular celebrity couple added to the festive atmosphere. A video clip circulating on the internet captured Pakistani actors Hira and Mani attending the event. Hira, taking the microphone from her husband, addressed the enthusiastic crowd with a rallying cry in support of the party’s leader, Mustafa Kamal.
In a passionate moment, Hira concluded her brief speech and proceeded to sing the song from her hit 2019 drama series “Do Bol.” The actor’s performance resonated with the jubilant audience, and she invited everyone to join in as she serenaded them.
4. SherAfzal x Barrister Gohar Khan Memes
Amidst the uncertainty and rigging accusations, Pakistani citizens, true to form, turned to the internet to find some humor in the situation. The latest viral sensation? A candid photo from a press conference featuring PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan and Senior Vice President Sher Afzal Marwat.
In the snapshot, while Gohar appears calm and composed, Marwat’s expression is notably serious—a sharp contrast that didn’t go unnoticed by netizens. With Marwat’s recent intense speeches still fresh in everyone’s minds, the juxtaposition sparked a wave of witty comparisons.
5. JI’s Hafiz Naeem Giving Up His Seat
In a significant announcement during a press conference on Monday, Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman, the chief of Jamaat-i-Islami Karachi, declared his decision to step down from his provincial assembly seat, PS-129, in Karachi. His decision stemmed from concerns over discrepancies in the vote count process.
Naeem shared that upon reviewing the official Form 45 and Form 47, which document the polling results, his team observed a discrepancy where his recorded votes had allegedly been reduced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). As a result, he stated that it was not him but the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supported candidate, Saif Bari, who emerged as the victor in PS-129.
This voluntary relinquishment of his seat showcases Naeem’s commitment to integrity and transparency in the electoral process, despite the outcome not aligning with his expectations.
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