The PTI has taken control of Punjab over the PMLN last Sunday with an overwhelming win in the by-election in 20 districts.
The party was able to win 15 constituencies and dealt a serious setback to PML-N who won only four.
The by-polls in twenty Punjab Assembly seats were crucial in determining what happens to chief minister Hamza Shahbaz. With 15 seats on the table, PTI is likely to beat Hamza in the count of the chief minister's election occurs on the 22nd of July.
An overview of the preliminary results, which are not official, from today's vote is below:
A fight occurred in the midst of PTI with PML-N members during the voting process in the constituency of Lahore's PP-158. The result was that PML-N workers suffered an injury to the head. In the meantime, PML-N presidential candidate Rana Ahsan Sharafat engaged in an argument that was heated against PTI Leader Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, after which the police arrested the PML-N candidate.
PTI President Shahbaz Gill was arrested by the Punjab Police for roaming around the city and going to polling stations during by-elections, along with his security personnel who were dressed as FC employees, Geo News published on Sunday.
PML-N spokesperson, as well as Punjab Home Minister Atta Tarar, confirmed that PTI Imran Khan's aide to the Chairman was arrested. But, Gill denied the allegations that security guards were wearing FC official uniforms. He also said that he was working for three hours before he was then arrested without a warrant.
The politician claimed that he would follow the advice of his lawyers advise him to do.
After Gill's arrest, PTI Chair Imran Khan of the PTI protested against the arrest, calling the arrest an attempt "rig elections".
"Strongly condemn illegal arrest of Shahbaz Gill simply to try [and] rig elections [and] spread fear in [people]," Khan wrote on Twitter.
Premier minister Shehbaz Sharif, in a post to his Twitter account, has once again criticized the actions that PTI Chairman and ex- premier Imran Khan, claiming that his remarks were evidence of the "unfit" he was to be a member of a public position.
"Every statement Imran Niazi delivers shows how incompetent he is for the office of a public official. Under his direct oversight the PTI has conducted a shady campaign to discredit the nation's institutions, thus undermining Pakistan," he wrote.
PM Shehbaz stated that Khan is writing new Machiavellian political principles because of his desire for power.
A conversation on a telephonic line between the former cabinet minister for interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and a man known as Chaudhry Gul Zaman was released, and the former was seen talking about Mian Jaleel Ahmad Sharaqpuri.
"Then you handed over the payment to Sharaqpuri as well yesterday," Rasheed could be heard saying. In response to his former Interior Minister, the other person can be heard saying that he must be cautious about what he said because it was a phone conversation.
Rasheed was then able to question Zaman to see if he's not gone out to see how good this election had been. In response, Zaman could be heard saying that he'll go out and inform Rasheed know later on.
The Election Commission of Pakistan took note of the ruckus in Lahore's PP 158 and instructed the district's return officer to investigate the situation within the constituency and get in touch with security officials.
In response to the directions in the direction of the district's return officer, he declared that the situation would be brought under control in the near future.
PML-N spokesperson Atta Tarar stated that immediate notification of the incident had been made. He has accused the PTI's Jamshed Iqbal Cheema and Saeed Mahes of inflicting head injuries to the PML-N employee.
He stated that orders to arrest the two PTI leaders were issued.
Tarar also stated that no one should be allowed to disrupt the peace. PML-N presidential candidate Ahsan Sharafat remained calm as the footage shows. the video, he said.
Gill slammed Gill at the Election Commission of Pakistan for the allegations of erroneous information on voter lists during the crucial by-polls for twenty Punjab Assembly constituencies, Gill has raised doubts about the impartiality of the body that conducts elections.
A video was posted by an individual on Twitter who claimed that two family members are not on the voter's register, Gill asked, "Who is responsible for depriving someone of his right to vote?" Gill suggested filing an action under Article 6 of our Constitution in this matter.
He also posted a video of an agent for poling who claimed that rigging was conducted in the constituency of PP-167. The woman poling agent stated that she was compelled to leave the station following her protest against their CNIC and was denied to return to the station for an hour and a half. the meantime, but the voting process continued.
In a separate Tweet that was also shared, the PTI leader also criticized the staff who poll at the polling station, where he said that a woman who went to vote was directed to a different area because her name wasn't listed on the voter's list.
He inquired who was responsible for the mistakes made by the data controller.
Responding to Gill's accusations In response to Gill's allegations, The Punjab election commissioner stated that the voting process should not be viewed as controversial due to making allegations without proof.
He denied the claims that polling officers were evicted from polling stations 47 and 46 in Muzaffargarh.
A provincial commissioner for elections also declared that the polling officers confirmed through political groups are permitted to participate in those polling locations.
The returning officer reported PTI's polling agent Amir Bakhsh was present at polling station number 44 however, no polling representative from PTI was present at Polling station number 46.
In response to the PTI leader's comments, A spokesperson from the ECP confirmed that the chief electoral commissioner had provided specific instructions for both the IG Punjab and the chief secretary of the province, that no retaliatory actions should be used against any civilian or person.
The CEC has warned of strict sanctions if retaliatory measures are or are taken against any person the spokesperson stated. He said that the CEC was instructed to take every measure to ensure fair and fair elections in the province.
In the early hours of the morning, the polling for the by-elections of twenty Punjab Assembly seats began amid strict security.
These seats became vacant because of the uprising in the PTI. The PML N, the main opposition party of Punjab must be able to win at least 10 out of 20 seats to keep its control, whereas the PTI requires a minimum of 13 seats in order to get back its title in Punjab.
Hamza Shehbaz Sharif was elected chief minister following the fact that 25 MPAs from the PTI twenty directly chosen and five from reserved seats voted for him against the party line.
A most notable feature of the by-polls was the presence of several powerful politicians as well as 7 former provincial ministers who are contesting the elections. They comprise Ajmal Cheema Nauman Langrial Faisal Jabona Malik Asad Khokhar, Malik Asif Bha, Haroon Sultan Bokhari, and Saeed Akber Niwani.
A sitting MNA Syed Zain Qureshi, former MNAs Saifuddin Khosa, and Malik Zaheer Abbas Khokhar are running by-polls on either the PML-N as well as or the PTI in addition to independent presidential candidates.
Of twenty seats, 4 are located in Lahore which is in the middle of Pakistan and the capital of the province, and the importance of the election has grown by a factor of ten.
The most talked about contest takes place in Multan in PP-217. the PML-N's sheikh Salman Naeem is contesting against Syed Zain Qureshi, son of the former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
In the same seat, Shah Mehmood Qureshi was defeated by Sheikh Salman Naeem in the 2017 general elections and took his seat on an individual basis. Sheikh Salman Naeem is also known to be a favorite from Jehangir Khan Tareen. His victory in the 2018 election deprived Qureshi of becoming the Punjab Chief Minister. The son of Shah Mehmood, Makhdoom Syed Zaid Qureshi, who's also an incumbent MNA and is running for this seat in order to get revenge for the defeat suffered by his father.
In the PP-272 in Muzaffargarh, Two members belonging to identical families are running against one another. Haroon Sultan Bokhari, former provincial minister, is running in a non-partisan manner against actual brother Syed Basit Sultan's wife. Haroon was an incumbent three times and has also been defeated in his mother's elections of 2018 from the same area as his PTI candidate. After having voted Hamza in his CM race, the incumbent MPA was disqualified. On the seat that was vacant, the son of her Basit Sultan has decided to field his wife and is running in the election against Syed Haroon.
The third and most important contest will be held at Dera Ghazi Khan's PP-288 district which is where the PTI has put forward Sardar Saifuddin Khosa. Son of the former Governor Punjab Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khhosa and the brother of the former CM Punjab Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa.
The PML-N has put forward Abdul Qadir Khan Khosa on the seat that was made empty after MLA Mohsin Atta Khosa decided to vote in favor of Hamza Shehbaz.
The election for two seats in Lodhran which is the area in Jehangir Khan Tareen, once an intimate friend of Imran Khan has also attracted interest. Pir Amir Iqbal Shah, a former MPA from both 2002 and 2008. He is the PTI candidate for PP-224 where the former prisoner's minister Punjab Zawar Warraich had been promoted for the PML-N candidate after he switched to Nawaz League and voted for Hamza Shehbaz. Pir Iqbal Shah is the grandfather of Amir Iqbal Shah.
Defeated Ali Tareen in the by-polls that were held at the beginning of 2018 in the event that Jehangir Khan Tareen was disqualified. in 2015 Jehangir Tareen was elected following the by-polls and now his group is again participating taking part in the by-election.
In PP-228, a different seat from Lodhran, Izzat Javaid Khan of the PTI is competing against Nazeer Ahmad Khan Baloch. Baloch is a former PTI MPA who supported Hamza and was exiled. The father of his contestant Ahmad Khan Baloch has also been an MPA.
A very difficult contest is currently taking place in Bhakkar where the former Provincial Minister Saeed Akber Niwani is running as the PML-N's candidate following being disqualified from voting for Hamza. The candidate has been contested by Irfanullah Khan Nizazi and his brother, who was the father to two MPAs who were former members Najeebullah Khan Niazi and Inamullah Khan Niazi. Both Najeebullah Inamullah have been elected in the past three times, including in 1997, 2013, and by-polls in 2014. Niazis was defeated by Niwanis previously, and in this election, another difficult contest is anticipated.
The candidate for PP-170, Amin Zulqarnain, brother of Aun Chaudhry who was blue-eyed and a boy from Imran and is now in the race to be the PML-N Candidate this time. He supported Hamza and was disqualified. Imran has chosen to field his veteran as well as former MNA Malik Zaheer Abbas Khokhar from the seat. Zaheer has been an MNA since 2002. This is the seat the PTI thinks it will be able to win by a substantial margin.
In addition, in PP-83 Khushab, Asif Bha, the former provincial minister of Shehbaz Sharif and a challenger to PML-N ticket holders Ameer Hyder Sangha. Ameer is the cousin of the former PTI MPA from the seat of Ghulam Rasool Sangha. He left the PML-N to join. The PTI has chosen Malik Hassan Aslam, brother of MNA sitting Umar Aslam. A very competitive contest is expected from this candidate.
It is believed that the Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistan has also fielded candidates from all constituencies and, in Bahawalnagar It is possible that an uprising may occur because of the TLP.
The by-polls will be held in PP-7. (PP-83), PP90, PP 97, and PP-127. 140, PP-158 The constituencies are PP-168, PP-170 PP-202, PP-217 and PP-228, PP-237 and 273 PP-272 PP-273 two constituencies, PP-282 as well as PP-288.
Analysts predicted that the outcome of the election would be based on the popularity and positive image of the 2 parties, PML-N PTI and PML-N PTI as well as their respective narratives.
As over4.5 million people took part in their democratic rights during by-polls held in 20 Punjab districts, Punjab PM Shahbaz advised the people to consider his "economic disaster, corruption, patronage of mafias and destruction created in the name of change" during the time of PTI's rule as they cast their votes.
In his address to citizens of the electoral districts, Shehbaz Sharif said, "Pakistan has diverged from its home during the time of PTI. It's your duty to express this by registering to vote."
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, via tweets in a series in which he urged people to oppose the politics of hatred, division, and chaos with the help to vote.
He argued his belief that the "ego of an individual and incompetence and way of politics" have damaged the appeal that is our nation. With full confidence in the choice of the voters, the prime minister stated people should make support national development and a brighter tomorrow for the children of their generation.
Slamming the PTI The prime minister declared that Punjab was a victim of the most sloppy governance in the past nearly four years, and added that the citizens were denied free medical care and students were denied the opportunity to receive scholarships.
He claimed that there was a sale of posts, government jobs, and transfers during the time of PTI. "Civic facilities were in shambles and lawlessness was at its peak during the Imran Khan-led government," the pm said.
He described the treatment given to Punjab in a way as insulting to the citizens in the province.
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) report, more than 4.5 million people [4,596,873] will exercise their right to vote. The ECP data show that 175 candidates have been vying for the vote in 20 constituencies, where there are 3,140 polling booths constructed. In addition, 1,471 polling stations have been set up across the 20 constituencies. The entire Lahore polling station network has been declared sensitive and the polling stations in all constituencies were declared to be the most sensitive. Control rooms were created within the ECP Punjab office in Lahore to supervise the voting process according to sources from the official.
Rangers will be stationed at polling places in Lahore, Multan, and Bhakkar In addition, Pakistan Army soldiers will also be present at the sensitive polling places. In addition, the ECP has issued guidelines for law enforcement agencies to follow the code of behavior.
The ECP in a statement the statement said that it has created separate control centers at the central and provincial levels to monitor that are expected to "promptly resolve" election-related complaints.
Additionally, also, the Punjab government has blocked the bridge linking the province to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa prior to the by-elections in the name of security concerns.
DPO Bhakkar said that the bridge was shut down for any type of traffic in the vicinity of Dajal Checkpost due to security concerns. The bridge will be closed until the end of polls on Sunday. However, the decision to shut down the bridge impacted circulation within the vicinity.
The military's media division announced the Pakistan Army troops would perform only "Quick Reaction Force" duties in the event of any law and order issue that arises during the polling day this Sunday (today).
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement said that soldiers conducted surveillance at the most vulnerable places in the respective regions as a third-tier response to any law-and-order situation that occurs in the province.
The ISPR claimed that the operation was conducted in accordance with the instructions of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
In light of the tensions in the political scene ahead of the by-polls in the coming days, the government has also taken the decision to send Frontier Constabulary (FC) in along with Rangers personnel.
The government also has decided to ban the movement of militants of any political party within the areas where by-polls will be held.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah warned PTI Chairman Imran Khan to refrain from disrupting the peaceful process of by-elections, by inciting riots and violence. "The law will take its due course if anyone tries to sabotage the writ of the state by indulging in unlawful activities," the minister wrote in a tweet.