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I don’t want to give any estimate of turnouts right now, said ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob. Polling largely remained peaceful except for the one unfortunate in Balochistan, he added.
He said the preparations for these elections were better than those in 2013.
MQM candidate Farooq Sattar said that polling time should be extended by three hours. He said pre-poll rigging is going on and said that they are deliberately delaying the process. We will still win, but by a smaller margin, he said.
There are hundreds of people standing lines to exercise their constitutional right, says Sattar
Women have been lined up outside polling stations in Dir since morning, said SAMAA TV reporter Zahid Jan. He said that this is the first time women are voting in the area since 1977.
We salute the people of Balochistan for their courage because despite the horrific incident that took place earlier today, they came out to vote, said Chaudhry Nisar.
The ECP has issued a notice to Imran Khan regarding the breach of ballot secrecy at a polling station in NA-53 Islamabad. The polling station is the Government Boys Dhoke Jirani school and he has been directed to appear before the ECP on July 30 at 10am.
The Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party has said that elections in the polling stations affected by the suicide attack in PB-31 Quetta should be postponed.
“Twelve polling stations were severely affected in the blast,” PkMAP candidate from PB-31 Quetta, Nasrullah Khan, said. “The election should be postponed at those stations,” he said, adding that, “There are no voters present on these polling stations.”
PML-N leader Hamza Shehbaz said even in jail, the former prime minister is watching what’s going on and is in high spirits. He said he hoped the people will respect the vote and vote for the right people. He said they will construct the Bhasha Dam and take the country on the path of progress.
Four people have been killed, including three soldiers, in an attack on security forces deputed for the security of polling staff in Balida, Balochistan, according to the ISPR.
PML-N supporters and Chaudhry Nisar’s voters have clashed in NA-63, Rawalpindi.
The Pak Sarzameen Party has also requested an extension in the polling time.
PTI workers have begun gathering in Bani Gali. They say they will watch the results pour in with Imran Khan.
A person has been arrested outside a polling station in Lahore for roaming around with weapons.
In Islamabad’s NA-59 Chakri, SAMAA TV reporter Noorul Amin said the electoral battle between Chaudhry Nisar, PTI’s Ghulam Sarwar and PML-N’s Qamarul Islam is fierce. The turnout is over 70% in the area despite the intense heat.
Usman Dar, the PTI candidate for NA-73, asked the ECP to extend the polling time because the area is flooded.
Polling stations in New Karachi are crowded and voters are desperate to cast their votes.
Not even a single vote has been cast at polling station number 130 in NA-99 and PS-93 Chiniot. Not one of the 680 registered voters in the area came to vote.
Long lines were also seen outside a polling station on Abul Hassan Isphahani Road in Karachi’s NA-252. People want to vote but say the slow process might result in their votes going to waste. The same was the situation outside NA-239 in Karachi.
A huge number of women were still lined up outside a polling station in NA-157 Multan despite less than an hour being left for polling.
Outside a polling station in NA-256 Karachi, there are long lines of people and political workers. There are still a lot of people outside the polling station’s boundary walls.
Women have crowded outside Rawalpindi’s NA-62.
SAMAA Islamabad bureau chief Khalid Azeem said under Section 240 of the Election Act, the ECP is allowed to make decisions to “remove difficulties” for voters. He lamented that people often procrastinate and do things last minute in Pakistan.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has decided not to extend polling time. Polling will end at 6pm.
The ECP has also said that only those people within the boundary walls of polling stations will be allowed to cast their votes after 6pm, announced SAMAA TV correspondent Abbas Shabbir.
This is despite concerns raised by the PML-N, PPP and AML chief Sheikh Rasheed, among other politicians.
PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique arrived in at a polling station at Lalak Chowk in Lahore where his supporters and workers of the PTI came face to face. Workers began chanting ‘sher’ and ‘thief’ at each other.
There is one hour left to cast your votes.
Despite rain in Sialkot, voters are wading through knee-deep water to get to their polling stations.
Cars stalled because of the rain, but voters were not deterred.
PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique spoke to the media and said they had asked the ECP to ensure that polling stations had boundary walls, so that people could stand inside and ensure that they are able to vote.
He lamented that there is a shortage of polling staff. He said the only way to ensure that people are allowed to vote is either to extend polling time or for law enforcement agencies to cordon off the lines outside polling stations to ensure they are allowed to vote after 6pm.
He said there is a greater turnout this year and the ECP should have taken this into consideration.
There is a huge rush outside polling stations in Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Jauhar. In the area’s Block 15, voters complained that the staff were untrained, which is why there were delays in the process.
PPP and GDA workers clashed in Khairpur and polling has been interrupted for the past three hours, reported SAMAA TV correspondent Shafiq Shar.
A young man injured in firing in Faisalabad.
PML-N leaders Mushahid Husain Syed and Asif Kirmani are addressing an emergency press conference. They are demanding that polling time be extended until 7pm.
Husain said the people of Pakistan are with the PML-N. All parties will benefit if polling time is extended, he said.
Four PML-N workers and two PTI workers injured in a clash in Gujranwala’s NA-82
Six people have been injured in Badin’s NA-230 in a clash between supporters of the Mirza group and the PPP. The police, Rangers and army have been called to the scene. Four people have been arrested and polling has been stopped, said SAMAA T V reporter Sulaiman Mendhro.
Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed has also requested the chief election commissioner to extend polling time by another hour. He also pointed towards the long queues outside polling stations.
“The election staff is working at an extremely slow pace,” he said. “The chief election commissioner should also instruct them to hurry up.”
Rana Sanaullah said that we just want our voters who join the lines by 6pm to be allowed to cast their votes.
He said even if polling time is not extended, those who are standing in line to cast their votes should be allowed to cast their votes.
The election commission has said that people standing in line to cast their votes will be allowed to vote even after 6pm, Marriyum Aurangzeb told SAMAA TV reporter Naeem Ashraf Butt.
However, Aurangzeb asked how people who are not being allowed will form queues inside polling stations. As per the election rules, only those standing inside polling stations will be allowed to vote after the deadline.
Sanaullah complained that people are being made to form lines on the roads and not inside polling station’s parameters.
Rana Sanaullah said that the PML-N leaders will address issues of voters not being facilitated at polling stations during their press conference. We know why the voting process has been deliberately delayed, he said. He was sure that most of the voters belonged to the PML-N.
PTI leader Faisal Javed, on the other hand, said their party has the most voters. He said it doesn’t make a difference whether or not you extend the voting time by an hour, the PML-N will still not get votes.
He said PML-N workers are not stepping out of their homes. “We wonder where their voters have gone,” he said.
For the first time, results will be sent to the election commission using modern software.
The ECP’s Result Transmission System has been activated. Through this system, the chief election commissioner will be the first to receive the election results. All the presiding officers who send the results using the software will get an additional Rs1,000 as part of their remuneration.
The PML-N has called an emergency press conference in Lahore’s Model Town. Pervaiz Rashid, Mushahid Hussain and Marriyum Aurangzaib will address the press conference, along with other party leaders. They will speak about their complaints regarding polling day, reported SAMAA TV correspondent Naeem Ashraf Butt.
PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah spoke to SAMAA TV and said the polling process is being done slowly on purpose. He said people are being forced to wait on the roads for hours at a time.
PML-N workers reportedly fired in Faisalabad’s Madina Town. A young man was injured in the incident and the people fled the scene.
A fight has broken out in NA-106 Faislabad at polling station number 161. The Rangers have been called in to control the situation.
This is PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah’s constituency.
Young voters gave flowers to policemen in Karachi.
There are two hours left for people to cast their votes.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari and his daughters Aseefa and Bakhtawar cast their votes.
Pres #Zardari just voted in #Nawabshah – once victorious will become a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan & will be joining @BBhuttoZardari in #Parliament inshAllah ✌️💘 pic.twitter.com/bfufsG2e8x
— Bakhtawar B-Zardari (@BakhtawarBZ) July 25, 2018
Five people have been injured in a fight in Chaman’s NA-263. Polling has been stopped in the area.
In Karachi’s NA-254, only 19 women have showed up at polling stations in the Pashtun-populated Shafiq Colony, reports SAMAA TV correspondent Irfan ul Haque. More than 2,000 women are registered to vote in the area. According to the polling staff, polling began at 8am.
GDA leader Fehmida Mirza complained that people are not being allowed to cast their votes. Speaking in Badin, she said she was going to register a complaint with the district returning officer.
Pakistani actors Hamza Ali Abbasi, Faisal Qureshi and Urwa Hocane have cast their votes. They have posted pictures on social media.
— URWA HOCANE (@VJURWA) July 25, 2018
P.s a sweet quick trip to my home town reminded me just how Beautiful Islamabad is.
looking forward to an even more beautiful Future ❤️🇵🇰🇵🇰 #NayaPakistan@ImranKhanPTI @PTIofficial pic.twitter.com/eGvZmqdBVQ
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) July 25, 2018
The police and MQM workers clashed in Karachi’s Moosa Colony. MQM workers say the Rangers are cooperating with them while police is beating them up.
The police is supporting the PPP, said the MQM workers. A large number of workers had gathered at the Apwa College.
The police tried to make them form a line after which a clash ensued. MQM workers say they were not being allowed to cast their votes.
The situation calmed down after the police assured them that MQM workers will also be allowed to cast their votes.
The ‘khalai makhlooq’ has brought in criminals to contest against politicians, said PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah. Despite all the rigging, we will win, he said.
Five people have been injured in Ghotki in a clash between PPP and MMA workers in PS-21. Polling was interrupted after which the police were called in.
Women are not being allowed to vote in Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab.
In Faisalabad, an industrial city, 300 labourers have been deprived of their right to vote. “We want to cast our votes but the factory owner is not allowing us to leave,” said a labourer.
In NA-255 Karachi, daily wage labourers have chosen to give up their day’s wage to exercise their right to vote. “We won’t be paid,” said one man who had come to cast his vote.
MQM’s Ali Raza Abidi took a ride with Rickshaw Jutt in his constituency, NA-243. Young voters get their voter slips at PTI’s camps and go inside to stamp the kite, he said.
Abidi said they are confident they will win 15 of the 17 seats they are contesting. He said the party believes they will lose two seats.
Rain did not stop people in Lahore from heading to polling stations. Some people carried umbrellas to their polling stations while others arrived drenched.
Ghulam Ahmed Bilour has cast his vote after his driver went home to pick up his CNIC. He waited at the station for 15 minutes.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in Nawabshah to cast his vote. He is also contesting from the constituency.
The turnout in Karachi’s NA-240, Landhi, is very low. People say that the voting is taking too long. It is taking between 20 and 25 minutes for a single person to cast their vote.
According to voters, the polling staff has not been trained properly. The turnout in the constituency is between 25 and 30%. Many people who came to cast their votes left without stamping the ballot papers because of how long it was taking.
The turnout in Lahore’s NA-136 has been recorded at 40%.
PML-N and PTI workers are having a shouting match in Lahore’s NA-127.
A woman was carried into a polling station on a stretcher near Karachi’s Pakistan Chowk. The woman, Hanifa Begum, is 70 years old. It is our duty to cast our vote, she said.
Policemen carried a 100-year-old woman in a chair to her polling station in DHA.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa and his wife cast their votes in Rawalpindi’s PP-11. He has appealed to the people to come out and vote today.
COAS & his Mrs cast vote at Rwp.
“We are target of inimical forces working against Pak. We’ve come a long way in our comprehensive national effort to fail them. We are united & steadfast to defeat them, and ‘TODAY’ through our ‘VOTES’. Please come out & vote undeterred”, COAS. pic.twitter.com/J9DjRVNUAQ
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) July 25, 2018
Women have come out to vote in Waziristan for the first time.
Pakistan’s oldest woman, who was born in 1915, also arrived to cast her vote in Gujranwala. The 103-year-old was seen wearing a PTI hat to the polling station.
ANP leader Ghulam Ahmed Bilour forgot his CNIC when he went to vote in Peshawar and was not allowed to cast his vote.
According to him, he does not usually keep his CNIC with him.
He asked the presiding officer to allow him to vote without the identity card but the presiding officer refused.
The election commission has issued a notice to Imran Khan for casting his vote in front of a camera.
Cricketer Wasim Akram and his mother cast their votes.
Despite the attack in Quetta, a large number of voters have arrived at polling stations in Balochistan.
Speaking to SAMAA TV, voters outside polling station in NA-265 Quetta said they will still vote. “Anti-Pakistan elements will not like this,” said a voter. He said these attacks will not deter them from voting.
After it rained in Sialkot, water has collected in front of a NA-73 polling station, reported SAMAA TV correspondent Shehzad Ahmed.
Around one to two feet of water has accumulated outside the station. Voters, however, said they were still excited to cast their ballots and would ensure that they did so. “We are here for Pakistan and will vote no matter what,” said a woman outside the station.
Speaking to the media in Badin, GDA leader Zulfiqar Mirza has said that the polling process has been very slow in areas where they have a large vote bank.
The ECP has received over 400 complaints so far.
Reports have surfaced that ballot papers have been taken outside polling stations in Islamabad’s NA-25 and NA-28. The ECP has taken notice of the incident.
MQM-Pakistan Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui has said that the election has not been organised well this year.
A Tehreek-e-Labbaik polling agent has been arrested in Attock for stealing ballot papers.
The ECP’s 8300 SMS messaging service has been used 25 million times so far. The commission has made Rs50 million from the service.
The PML-N has written to the chief election commissioner, requesting that polling time be extended by an hour due to the slow pace of polling.
Polling time could be extended if other parties also agree.
There are long queues outside polling stations, said party leader Mushahid Husain Syed.
According to analyst Altaf Siddiqui, it was expected that the request would be made, given the hot weather and other hindrances that voters are facing.
However, SAMAA Islamabad bureau chief Khalid Azeem Chaudhry said that there has been no such instance of polling time being extended in the past.
Lahore bureau chief Ahmed Waleed said reports have come in of rain and slow pace of polling in various areas.
Shamim Akhtar, Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif’s mother has arrived to cast her vote in Lahore’s NA-124.
My mother ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KpHRNfYto4
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 25, 2018
A groom arrived at a polling station in Karachi to vote before his wedding. His is casting his vote in NA-253 Karachi.
The police have removed workers of the PML-N and PTI from a polling station in Lahore’s NA-136 for fighting.
Polling has been stopped in Faisalabad’s PP-110. Candidate Malik Nawaz’s brother has been accused of entering the women’s booth.
Turnout is low in Karachi’s NA-254, which comprises areas such as Sohrab Goth and Gabol Town. Many people are complaining that their names are not in the voter lists. The MQM, PSP, MMA, TLP and PTI have set up their camps in the constituency, reported SAMAA TV correspondent Adeel Tayyab.
Law enforcers in Attock arrested a man named Ameer near a polling station. He was carrying a Kalashnikov.
Policemen slapped some voters in Lahore. The voters allegedly tried to get ahead in the line.
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the election has already been made controversial.
The ECP has received over 300 complaints so far.
Voters are filming the voting process inside polling stations in Lahore’s Shahdara. The election commission has banned mobile phones inside polling stations. Despite the presence of security officials, voters are carrying their mobile phones inside the polling stations, reported SAMAA TV reporter Jahangir Khan.
PIA’s flight from Islamabad to Karachi has been delayed by four hours. PK-373 was supposed to take off at 8am for Karachi, reported SAMAA TV correspondent Sadaqat Ali.
According to a passenger, the flight has been delayed thrice. “It will take off at 3pm now,” he said. Most of the passengers were travelling to Karachi to cast their votes.
Pulao is being served in Karachi’s NA-253 for polling staff.
PML-N supporters are burning cricket bats in Multan’s NA-155. The bat is the PTI’s election symbol.
Seven people have been arrested in Karachi’s NA-239, Alfalah. The Korangi SSP, Sajid Sadozai, said form No 45 was found in the suspects’ possession. The form is used by presiding officers to submit results to the election commission, reported SAMAA TV correspondent Ahmer Rehman.
Former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif has also cast his vote in his hometown of Lahore.
Three people have been injured in a fight in Balochistan’s Naseerabad and polling in the area has been interrupted.
Voters in Balochistan have brought flowers for the army personnel stationed at polling centres for security duty.
Beautiful Pics. People giving flowers to Army personnel on duty. No matter what the enemy does, they can never separate people of Pakistan & Pakistan Army. #ElectionPakistan #ElectionPakistan2018 pic.twitter.com/UgeFsxW1uQ
— SARK (@sark_10) July 25, 2018
Of the total 749 registered votes at Lahore’s polling station number 204 in NA-123, 200 votes have been cast so far.
PML-N leader Abid Sher Ali, who was earlier filmed arguing with polling officers in his constituency in Faisalabad, has gone to another polling station. “Our female voters are being harassed,” he said.
A PTI worker broke his arm after a fight broke out between him and some PML-N workers in Faisalabad’s PP-113. The PTI worker has been shifted to a hospital.
Polling has yet to begin at a polling station in Karachi’s NA-241. The area comprises Korangi, DHA phase VII extension and Lucknow Society. The polling staff has not arrived yet and half the day is over. The station is in an area that had earlier been declared ‘sensitive’.
In Karachi’s NA-247, women voters are more than men. A large number of people have showed up at polling stations in areas such as DHA, Clifton and Saddar, according to SAMAA TV reporter Sanjay Sadhwani.
Some women are carrying babies when going to vote.
With half the day over, here is an update on voter turnout in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
In NA-52 there has been a 35 to 40% turnout, in NA-53 25 to 30% and NA-54 35% of people have voted so far.
In Rawalpindi, NA-58 Gujjar Khan has seen a turnout of 35 to 40% as of 1pm. The election in NA-60 may have been postponed but the elections for PP-11 and PP-17 are being conducted and 30% turnout has been recorded.
There has been a turnout of 20% recorded in NA-59, 20 to 25% in NA-61, 30 to 40% in NA-62 and 25% in NA-63 Taxila.
“Generally, turnout in Pakistan is 40 to 45%,” says analyst Adnan Adil. “If the turnout is under 50%, questions will be raised.”
Out of 750 registered voters at a polling station in Dera Ismail Khan’s NA-38, only 90 votes have been cast.
A polling station in Peshawar’s NA-28 has gone ‘missing’. The people say that the election commission gave them an address to cast their votes but when they arrived at the address they found that the polling station at Govt Primary School Akhunabad was not there.
“We have all arrived here after a message from the election commission,” said one man. “We are all from different parties. Where will we cast our votes now?”
A number of people have gathered outside a polling station in Korangi’s NA-240, reports SAMAA TV correspondent Faisal Khan. They are not being allowed to go inside. “The polling staff is very slow, which is why they aren’t letting us in,” said one man. “If this continues, only half of us would be able to cast our votes.”
Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport was practically deserted on Wednesday morning.
The turnout at polling station no 28 in Karachi’s NA-237 is low. The area is Malir’s Jaffar Tayyar Society. So far, only 40 votes have been cast but there are 1,500 registered voters in the area.
The election commission has said that PTI chief Imran Khan’s vote could be cancelled because he stamped a ballot paper in front of a camera. Action can be taken against him under the Election Act, says the ECP.
Former opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly and MQM leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan, who is contesting from NA-124, said that polling began on time in his constituency. “Masha Allah, the environment is very peaceful in the presence of the police, Rangers and personnel of the armed forces,” he said.
“People are coming to cast their votes. Our polling agents are everywhere and whatever little problem there was, it has been resolved.” He said if there is any discrepancies, they will report it to the election commission.
Thirty-two people have been declared dead in the blast in Quetta’s Bhosa Mandi. The number of injuries has risen to 32.
There are more women than men in Karachi’s NA-243, where MQM’s Ali Raza Abidi is contesting against PTI chief Imran Khan, according to SAMAA TV reporter Najia Niazi. The slow pace of the polling process nor the hot weather can keep us away from the polls, say female voters in the area.
PPP leader Saeed Ghani has cast his vote. “I am hopeful of an easy victory,” said Ghani, who is contesting from PS-104. He said he was dissatisfied with the Election Commission’s preparations.
Normally, two booths are set up when there are a lot of voters, he said. Despite the presence of many rooms in this building, there is one booth for over 2,000 voters, he lamented.
“I don’t know how so many people will be able to cast their votes until the evening. We are facing difficulty contacting the Election Commission of Pakistan with our complaints. We don’t have the phone numbers of the returning officers or district returning officers,” he said.
A BNP-Awami camp was attacked by a rocket launcher in Bonistan, a city in Balochistan’s Panjgaur. One worker was injured.
Speaking to the media after casting his vote in Larkana, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said he condemns the blast at his camp in Larkana as well as the blast in Balochistan.
“They are not letting the media inside the polling stations. What are they hiding?” he asked. “Inshallah, I am hopeful that the people will step out of their homes to exercise their right to vote,” he said.
Former chief minister Akram Khan Durrani arrived at a polling station in NA-35 Bannu to cast his vote. He is contesting in this area against PTI chief Imran Khan.
PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has arrived at the polling station in NA-200 Larkana to vote. He is also contesting from the area.
Four people were injured in a clash between workers of the PTI and PML-N in Gojra, in Punjab’s Toba Tek Singh. However, polling was not interrupted and a contingent of police and army personnel reached the site and contained the situation.
The death toll in the Quetta blast has reached 27. Two police officers are among the deceased.
A man, identified as Riaz, died of a heart attack after he cast his vote at the Stadium Road polling station in Rahimyar Khan. He had just stepped out of the polling station when he suffered a cardiac arrest. According to rescue officials, he died on the way to the hospital.
The PML-N is building Pakistan, said party leader and former senator Mushahid Husain. He said the PML-N will form the govt in Punjab as well as the Centre.
“Today, the slogan of ‘vote ko izzat do [respect the vote]’ will emerge victorious,” said PML-N leader Marriyum Aurangzeb. Those who lose end up crying, she said, adding that Imran Khan should prepare for another sit-in in Islamabad.
“The tiger is not coming. It has already arrived,” said Aurangzeb.
The death toll in the Quetta blast has risen to 23, while 22 cases of injuries have been reported. The blast occurred in the city’s Bhosa Mandi.
Five people have been injured in a grenade attack in Khuzdar.
One person has been killed during firing at a polling station in Punjab’s Khanewal. The deceased has been identified as Muhammad Husain Shah.
A fight between PTI and PML-N workers in Sialkot’s NA-73 has resulted in a halt in the polling process at polling station number 152.
No woman has cast her vote in Swabi’s Adina village as a jirga has decided to prevent women from voting.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has taken notice of Imran Khan’s media talk. This is a violation of the code of conduct, said the ECP, adding that TV channels should also abstain from violating the code of conduct.
Action will be taken in accordance with the law in case of violations, said the election regulatory body.
Sticks and stones have been used in a fight between PML-N and PTI workers at a polling station in Rajanpur.
Only two votes have been cast at the women’s booth of NA-251’s polling station No 71 in Karachi. Areas in this constituency include Orangi Town, Mominabad, Gulshan-e-Bahar and Ittehad Colony.
An independent candidate in Chiniot, Fatah Sher Khokhar, was arrested from PP-95’s polling station along with five unidentified men after a fight.
Five people have been injured in a grenade attack in Larkana.
Polling has been interrupted at polling station No 152 in Sialkot as PML-N and PTI workers had a fight. The police dispersed the workers.
The Jamaat-e-Islami’s Karachi head, Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, arrived at his polling station in a rickshaw to cast his vote.
Two people have been injured in a grenade attack in Hyderabad.
Speaking to the media after casting his vote, PTI chief Imran Khan said the international media is busy discrediting our election even before it has even happened. “More than khalai makhlooq [the establishment], we are concerned about ghair-mulki makhlooq [foreign elements] and our own mafia. A weak Pakistan is in their interest,” said Imran.
“Until the last ball is bowled, I will not consider it a victory since I am a sportsman with a training of 21 years,” he added. “I will observe until the last ball and then pray to Allah that whatever is in the best interest of the country happens,” he said.
He added that Zulfi Bukhari ran an excellent campaign for him and worked for over 12 hours.
“Nawaz Sharif thought he’d get a warm welcome but Shehbaz Sharif betrayed him. One wants Hamza Sharif to get power, the other wants Maryam. Their internal fights led to Nawaz Sharif getting locked up in jail,” said Imran.
“You must cast your vote,” said PTI chief Imran Khan. “You should step out of your house to fulfill your duty to the country,” he urged.
“You should all become citizens and cast your votes. Allah gives this chance to the nation very few times,” he said.
“I don’t know what the turnout is but I pray to God that people step out of their homes,” he said, adding that India is against him because of Nawaz Sharif’s service. “The Indian media is in love with Nawaz Sharif. Even Modi has said that Nawaz Sharif is right and the army is wrong,” he criticised.
Speaking to the media after casting his vote, he said the PML-N has given a bad name to the tiger.
Imran Khan cast his vote in Islamabad’s NA-53. He was accompanied by Zulfi Bukhari. NA-53 is one of the constituencies that the PTI chief is contesting the election from.
Polling has stopped in Quetta’s Bhosa Mandi area as the bomber detonated the bomb outside the polling station, according to SAMAA TV reporter Zainuddin.
PTI chief Imran Khan has arrived to cast his vote in NA-53.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif also cast his vote in Lahore.
Unfortunately, our security framework has been penetrated for the third time in Balochistan, said Dr Huma Baqai. Forces on our western border are trying to influence our elections, she said.
One voter in Rahimyar Khan brought flowers and gave them to a soldier performing election duty.
The death toll in the blast in Quetta’s Bhosa Mandi has risen to 20. The number of injured people has reached 18. According to police officials, it was a suicide blast.
Chief Justice Saqib Nisar cast his vote in NA-130. “Today is a big day,” he said, adding that he has fulfilled his responsibility by casting his vote.
Sheikh Rasheed also cast his vote. He is contesting from NA-62.
The injured have been brought to Quetta’s Civil Hospital. They are in a critical condition. The bodies have also been sent to the hospital.
Seven people have been killed and 16 injured in a blast in Quetta’s Bhosa Mandi. One of the deceased is a police official.
The public is not allowed to enter the site of the blast as law enforcers have cordoned the area off.
The election commission has received a complaint from Rahimyar Khan’s NA-179. According to the complaint, voters are not being allowed entry to the polling station if they do not have a PTI token. Voters from Canal Colony in Rahimyar Khan sent the complaint from polling stations No 23 and 24 via email.
APML chief Sheikh Rasheed had parathas for breakfast.
The election commission has received a complaint from PP-21, Chakwal. According to the complaint, multiple votes are being cast after driving out the polling staff.
Workers of the PML-N and PTI reportedly fought in Lahore’s Shahdara.
Initial reports of a blast in Quetta’s Bhosa Mandi are being reported. Over 10 people have been injured.
Police and rescue teams have been dispatched to the site.
Whoever wins should be able to tolerate others, said estranged PML-N leader Zaeem Qadri who is contesting as an independent candidate.
Long lines have been reported at polling stations in Karachi’s Scheme 33, NA-242.
In Gujranwala’s Rahwali area, a private hospital has been made a polling station for NA-80 and PP-53.
One voter came on a cow to cast his vote. Chaudhry Shehzad Akbar came to his polling station on a cow, creating quite a stir. He wanted to get people excited about voting.
We have CNICs and our votes are registered. But we can’t go to cast our votes as we are poor people who have to work to makes ends meet, said a labourer in Quetta. According to the labourers, they can’t bear the expense of going back to their hometowns to cast their votes.
The PTI’s Aleem Khan has started feeding people biryani in Johar Town, Lahore, reported SAMAA TV reporter Jehangir Khan.
The ECP’s 8300 service is down. Reports are pouring in that people are sending SMSs to the service but receiving no response.
Five people have been injured in Sanghar’s NA-216 when unidentified men opened fire on PPP workers.
Five others were injured when a cracker blast took place outside Shah Muhammad Primary School in Larkana. Police and rescue teams have arrived at the scene.
Some young women in Faisalabad are casting their vote for the first time. “I was excited all night,” said a young woman. A group of them were lined up outside the polling station. They had gotten dressed up for the big day. “We want change, that is why we are voting,” said her friend.
This is the 11th election and I have not seen such good arrangements, said PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while speaking to the media in Multan. “India did not want to see this,” he said.
“It is the Pakistani people’s responsibility to stay peaceful,” said Qureshi, referring to what he said was India wanting to see unrest in Pakistan.
“Imran Khan has damaged himself due to his U-turns,” said his rival in Lahore, PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique. “The ideological voters of the PTI will not vote for Imran,” he said.
“I am hopeful. The ECP’s arrangements have not been good. Where there are more voters you should have more than one booth. I don’t see how everyone will be able to cast their vote in time,” said the PPP candidate for PS-104, Saeed Ghani.
Sindh’s caretaker chief minister, Fazlur Rehman, has cast his vote. “Polling is underway without any interruption,” he said. “People are coming out to vote in large numbers.”
He said K-Electric should resolve the issues being reported to them immediately.
Supreme Court judge Justice Ijazul Ahsan cast his vote in Lahore’s Model Town along with his family members.
The ECP has received three complaints from Balochistan. The election regulatory body has informed the relevant returning officers about the complaints.
In Karachi’s Jutt Lines, a citizen, Ashar saheb, who cannot even walk and is unwell, has still come to vote despite being ill.
PML-N candidate Abid Sher Ali entered a polling station in Faisalabad’s NA-108 and fought with a polling officer over voter lists.
He said the lists with the party’s polling agents outside the polling stations and the ones inside the stations were different, causing issues for voters.
The presiding officer has said that no voters have turned up so far in Peshawar’s NA-29, SAMAA TV reporter Saad Bin Owais reported in Peshawar. Apparently no women have left their homes to vote.
This is unexpected in Peshawar. There are small pockets in Pakistan where women are prevented from voting. Sometimes it is a case of displaced populations.
In Swabi, one person has been killed and three others injured in firing between PTI and ANP workers.
The ECP has taken notice of the firing and sought a report from the security forces stationed there.