Elections 2018: Political bigwigs face major upsets

Dunya News

The prominent leaders of various political parties faced shock defeats at the hands of PTI.

(WebDesk) – Pakistanis came out to vote in great numbers in the General polls that took place all over Pakistan on 25th July. With unofficial results still coming in, Pakistanis witnessed a fairly-close contest in almost all major seats in the country. Some bigwigs, however, were not able to secure their position in the National Assembly even though they were predicted to do so by major political analysts of Pakistan.

Results of the Elections 2018 came as a surprise to these prominent political leaders who were completely ousted out of the polls by the candidates of the opposing political parties.

Here is a list of 7 prominent political personalities who suffered major setbacks yesterday:

Maulana Fazal ur Rehman

Leader JUI-F Maulana Fazal ur Rehman suffered a major shock as he was ousted by rookie candidates of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf on two seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He contested the general elections as a candidate of MMA from two seats in KPK, losing both by a fair margin.

Khaqan Abbasi

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also lost both the seats he was contesting from. The senior politician and ex minister lost NA 53 and NA 57 by approximately 48000 and 12000 votes respectively.

Ghulam Ahmed Bilour

ANP leader and prominent political worker, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour lost against PTI’s Shoukat Ali from NA 31 – Peshawar. Shoukat Ali won the polls convincingly bagging 88000 votes.

Siraj ul Haq

MMA’s Siraj ul Haq suffered a shock defeat from NA-7, Lower Dir by approximately 17000 votes. PTI’s Muhammad Bashir Khan bagged a total of 62,416 votes.

Chaudhry Nisar

Ex-Interior Minister and renowned party worker, Chaudhry Nisar suffered a huge shock when he lost from both provincial and national seats in the elections. The ex-minister lost against PTI’s Ghulam Sarwar by a margin of nearly 16000 votes in Rawalpindi. This is the first time since 1985 that the ex-minister has lost his seat in Rawalpindi.

Mustafa Kamal

Pakistan Sar-Zameen Party leader Mustafa Kamal also lost the elections from both his National Assembly seats. 

Abid Sher Ali

Former Minister for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali also lost his seats in an upset defeat. He lost his seat from Faisalabad which was previously considered as a stronghold of PML N by only a margin of 1200 votes 

By: Raacikh Asghar