Politicians across Pakistan came out on Wednesday to exercise their right to vote. Starting with Shehbaz Sharif who was among the first few politicians who cast their votes in the morning to his arch-rival Imran Khan all politicians not only cast their votes but encouraged others to follow suit.
Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan casted his vote in Islamabad, for the constituency NA-53, where he is contesting against former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Imran’s post-vote media address landed him in trouble with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) stating that the PTI chief violated the electoral body’s code of conduct.
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif also came under the ECP’s radar, after he delivered a post vote speech in Model Town, Lahore.
Contesting polls for the first time, Jamaatud Dawa’s chief Hafiz Saeed casted his vote at a polling station in Lahore.
In Rawalpindi, rormer prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf voted for the constituency of NA-58, whereas the chief of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rasheed also casted his vote from NA-62, while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s leader Babar Awan voted for the constituency NA-57.
On the other hand, former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal casted his vote in Narowal. Iqbal is competing against PTI’s singer-turned-politician Abrarul Haq. Earlier this year, Iqbal also came under a gun attack in Narowal.
Today we shall comprehensively defeat regressive politics of hate, bigotry & division in Narowal propagated by my opponents. IA pic.twitter.com/avAzWPvbZS
— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) July 25, 2018
In Sindh, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari voted at a NA-200 polling station in Larkana, while his sisters, Bakhtawar and Asifa Bhutto both casted their votes for NA-213 Nawabshah.
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) July 25, 2018
— Bakhtawar B-Zardari (@BakhtawarBZ) July 25, 2018
In Karachi’s NA-247, Leader of Opposition in Senate Sherry Rehman casted her vote. President Mamnoon Hussain also casted his vote from the same constituency.
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) July 25, 2018
Independent candidate Jibran Nasir was also seen casting his vote for NA-247. Nasir shared his voting experience in tweet, saying that he had the pleasure of meeting opposing candidate Arif Alvi at the polling centre.
I have cast my vote. Requesting all Pakistanis to come out and perform their national duty for a democratic and strong Pakistan. Had the pleasure of meeting opposing candidate @ArifAlvi at the Polling Station. We exchanged greetings and wished each other good luck. pic.twitter.com/7oKXwwoqzj
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) July 25, 2018
PML-N’s Miftah Ismail casted his vote at Karachi’s NA-244 polling station, while PTI’s Amir Liaquat casted vote at Karachi’s NA-219 polling station.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Former K-P chief minister Ameer Haider Hoti casted his vote in Mardan, while Awami National Party’s chief Asfandyar Wali Khan casted his vote in Charsadda. Earlier this morning an ANP was killed in a firing incident in Swabi.
In Balochistan, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani casted his vote in Chaghi.
Spokesperson says no media house to run these speeches on air as they violate fundamental ECP rules
Provincial president says party believes in democratic practices and follows all election rules and regulations
Meanwhile in Mohmand, women proceed to vote in a rare move
The offence carries a punishment or fine which may extend to Rs100,000