KARACHI: As election results started to pour in after the July 25 polls, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) surprised all by grabbing 13 out of 21 National Assembly seats from the country’s economic hub Karachi, ARY News reported on Friday.
Once considered a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) stronghold, the city’s populace had to choose between Kamal’s Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), the newly formed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Imran Khan’s PTI.
Though a number of analysts thought that the weakening of MQM and a possible alternative like PSP would directly benefit the PPP, Sindh’s former ruling party which also has its influence in the province’s capital, the final results were a shocker.
The city, considered the country’s economic hub, vehemently voted for PTI and gave it 13 out the 21 National Assembly seats from the metroppolis.
PTI chief Imran Khan beat MQM’s Ali Raza Abidi in NA-243, Aamir Liaquat took NA-245, Arif Alvi was declared victorious in the NA-247, Najeeb Haroon took NA-256. As if this was not enough, in many of the constituencies, the runner up candidates were not from MQM and PPP but from the TLP.