CIVIL SOCIETY PAKISTAN

February 20, 2008

PPP, PML-N get major chunk of seats

Filed under: POST-ELECTIONS 2008 — civilsocietypakistan @ 4:39 am

THE NEWS 

Wednesday, February 20, 2008, Safar 12, 1429 A.H.

 
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By Shakil Shaikh

ISLAMABAD: As a result of the anti-Musharraf trend in the general elections, the Pakistan People�s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz emerged as leading political parties and are perfectly placed to form governments at the Centre and in the Punjab as a coalition. In Sindh, the PPP secured 65 out of 130 seats, enough to form a government on its own.

The PPP led the tally by bagging 86 of the National Assembly seats announced so far, followed by Nawaz�s Pakistan Muslim League with 65 NA seats. The pro-opposition trend was so strong and clear that it left the former ruling party � the Pakistan Muslim League-Q � far behind. It secured only 38 National Assembly seats. In the provincial assemblies it managed to get 66 seats in the Punjab, 9 in Sindh, 17 in Balochistan and 6 in the NWFP.

Apart from the PPP, the PML-Q is the only party which bagged seats in all the provincial assemblies. The PPP showed excellent display in the elections by bagging 86 seats in the National Assembly. It secured 78 seats in the Punjab assembly, 65 in Sindh, 7 in Balochistan and 17 in the NWFP. With results of some national and provincial assemblies still awaited, the PML-Q top gun Ch Shujaat Hussain and some 22 former federal ministers got a stunning defeat in the PPP and PML-N wave which swept them away.

The Pakistan Muslim League-N was victorious on 65 National Assembly seats and is the leading party in the Punjab Assembly bagging 101 seats. It also secured 5 seats in the NWFP Assembly but failed to win any seats in Sindh and Balochistan assemblies.

In an anti-religio-political trend, the Awami National Party (ANP) bagged 19 National and 31 NWFP Assembly seats and is well placed to form government in NWFP with the support of the PPP and PML-N if they strike a deal to form government at the centre as well.

Intense lobbying and contacts are being made by major political parties with N-League leader Nawaz Sharif and his aides to meet PPP leader Asif Zardari in Islamabad today (Wednesday). �I think the meeting between the two will take place today and we will never disappoint the nation,� PPP�s central committee leader Rehman Malik told The News.

He said: �The riddle, if any, would be resolved through talks.� The MQM contended with 19 National and 38 Sindh Assembly seats and its leaders rendered themselves ready to talk with any party in �the interest of the country�.

A heavy chunk of independent candidates (27 in all) returned victorious to the National Assembly, 35 to the Punjab Assembly, one in Sindh, 10 in Balochistan and 18 in NWFP assemblies.

The MMA led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman after parting ways with Qazi Hussain Ahmed�s Jamaat-e-Islami was reduced to only 3 seats in the National Assembly. It bagged 9 seats in the NWFP, 6 in Balochistan and 2 in the Punjab assemblies. This tally shows an extremely poor performance on the part of the MMA, which remained a very powerful outfit in the past by forming government in the NWFP and a coalition government in Balochistan.

PML-Functional bagged 4 National, 3 Punjab, and 7 Balochistan assembly seats. BNP(A) managed to secure one National and 5 Balochistan assembly seats. PPP-Sherpao won one NA seat as its leader Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao (former interior minister) returned victorious. His party also won 5 NWFP Assembly seats.

The National People�s Party (NPP) bagged 2 National and 3 Sindh assembly seats. Several political stalwarts were defeated in elections including President Pakistan Muslim League-Q Chaudhry Hussain, Speaker National Assembly Chaudhry Amir Hussain, Secretary General Pakistan People�s Party Jahangir Badar, chief of PPP-Shaheed Bhutto Ghinwa Bhutto, Hamid Nasir Chattha, former chief minister Sindh Aftab Shaban Mirani, former chief minister Punjab Ch Pervaiz Elahi (on two seats), MMA leader Maulana Fazlur Rahman from Dera Ismail Khan, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Fakhar Imam, Begum Abida Hussain and Sughra Imam.

The other prominent politicians that have suffered setbacks in the elections include Rao Sikandar Iqbal, Naurez Shakoor, Ejazul Haq, Shaikh Rashid, Liaquat Ali Jatoi, Ovais Leghari, Ishaq Khakwani, Sikandar Hayat Bosan, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Khalid Ahmed Lund, Khurshid Mehmud Kasuri, Humayun Akhtar Khan, Chaudhry Shahbaz Hussain, Dr Sher Afgan, Wasi Zafar and Yar Muhammad Rind.

The political leaders that have returned successfully include Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Ch Nisar Ali Khan (on two seats) Makhdoom Javed Hashmi (3 seats), Asfandyar Wali, Aftab Ahmed Sherpao, Jam Muhammad Yousuf, Manzoor Wattoo, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Yousuf Raza Gillani, Sardar Asif Ahmed Ali, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Khwaja Saad Rafique, Faisal Saleh Hayat, Dr Farooq Sattar, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch and former Chief Minister Sindh Sardar Ali Muhammad Mahar.

Amid a shocking defeat of the PML-Q, the PML-N did extremely well in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and many other cities. Similar was the case with the PPP which overwhelmingly won in southern Punjab and interior Sindh.

In Rawalpindi and Islamabad, the PML-N bagged 8 out of 9 seats with one going to PPP leader Raja Ashraf. In Lahore, the PML-N bagged 11 out of 13 National Assembly seats and people like Humayun Akhtar were defeated with huge margins.

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