KARACHI: As the election results are pouring in from various constituencies after successful and peaceful holding of general elections 2018 in the country, the dwellers of Karachi have largely disappointed ‘bigwigs’ of the major political parties by defeating Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Mutthida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) Dr Farooq Sattar.
The PPP, which had ruled Sindh over the past ten years fielded its party’s Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for NA-246 Lyari, once the stronghold of PPP while MQM-P’s Dr Farooq Sattar was in the run for NA-245 and NA-247 (district South and East)
However, as the elections results are announced unofficially, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari lost the strong constituency while Abdul Shakoor Shad of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as victorious on the said seat.
Interestingly, Dr Farooq Sattar lost NA-245 constituency while securing only 35,247 votes against his competitor Dr Aamir Liaquat of PTI who got 56,615 votes. Sattar also lost NA-247 seat against PTI’s Dr Arif Alvi.
Pak Surzameen Party’s (PSP) leader Dr Sagheer Ahmed also lost the seat against PTI’s Arif Alvi on NA-245. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mian Shahbaz Sharif also lost NA-249 with 34,626 votes against PTI’s Faisal Wawda who secured 35,344 votes.
PPP’s Shehla Raza and MQM-P’s Ali Raza Abidi lost NA-243 constituency against PTI Chairman Imran Khan who got 91,358 votes.
Moreover, Muttahaida Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) leader Afaq Ahmed who was contesting elections for NA-240 and PSP’s Asif Hasnain also lost against MQM-P’s Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan and.
PSP leader and former mayor Mustafa Kamal was contesting elections on various constituencies including NA-253, PS-124 and PS-127, but could not win on either of them.
Muttahida Majlis Amal’s (MMA) Asadullah Bhutto and PML-N leader and former federal finance minister Miftah Ismail lost NA-244 against PTI’s Ali Haider Zaidi.
Most interestingly, Irfanullah Khan Marwat of Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) also lost PS-104 against PPP’s Saeed Ghani