Islamabad, November 16
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Monday won eight of 23 constituencies and was leading in one seat in the legislative assembly poll in Gilgit-Baltistan, prompting the Opposition to dub the election as “stolen”.
India has slammed Pakistan for its decision to hold elections in Gilgit-Baltistan and said any action to alter the status of the militarily-occupied region has no legal basis. Elections were held on 23 seats of the third legislative assembly on Sunday amidst tight security due to the threat of militancy. Polling on one seat was postponed after the death of one of the contestants.
Unofficial results compiled by the various media outlets showed that the PTI won at least eight seats and was ahead in one, but it was still well short of majority to form the government. However, it was in a position to form the government as six-seven independent candidates also won.
Geo TV reported that PTI won eight seats, independent candidates seven, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) three, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) two, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JIU-F) and Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) one seat each. — PTI