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Zero seats for Hafiz Saeed’s party as Pakistan election results pour in

Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek, a little-known Pakistani political party that was co-opted by 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, is unlikely to win a single seat in Pakistan, where former cricketer Imran Khan as emerged as the favourite to become the next prime minister.

Saeed’s Milli Muslim League, which was denied registration as a political party, had fielded 265 candidates — 80 on National Assembly (NA) and 185 on provincial assembly seats — in the Pakistan general election, results for which are still pouring in.

The candidates were fielded under the banner of Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek (AAT), a dormant political party that was already registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan, after the Milli Muslim League (MML) was denied recognition as a political party.

AAT candidates have failed to win or even take leads in any of the seats on which they contested.

Results for the Pakistani general election, voting for which was held on July 25 amid widespread allegations of rigging, are still coming in (follow live updates).

Though no party has a majority so far, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has emerged as the single-largest in the National Assembly.

If the trends hold, PTI chief and Pakistan’s swashbuckling former cricket captain Imran Khan will likely become the next prime minister of the country. Khan is widely seen to enjoy the support of Pakistan’s all-powerful military, a claim denied by Rawalpindi.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has accused the Pakistani army of actively interfering in the election process to tilt the scales in Khan’s favour.

The party, which won a landslide in the previous election, has also said that it “rejects” the election results over allegations of rigging and complaints that soldiers stationed in polling stations had thrown out poll monitors from political parties during the counting.

“We totally reject this result,” former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s brother and the chief of PML-N Shehbaz, said. “It is a big shock to Pakistan’s democratic process.”

 

 

 

News credit : Indiatoday

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