Nation reacts to election results – some celebrate, others disappointed

People of Pakistan went to the polls to cast their vote on Wednesday with social media quick to react to the events of the day.

The results garnered a mixed reaction with some parties lauding the results while others claimed that these were rigged.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesperson Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor thanked the nation by saying that the world has witnessed the love and respect citizens “unflinching support” for the armed forces.

He went on to say that “their [the army’s] lives are dedicated to Pakistanis” and concluded with “Pakistan wins”.

Thank you fellow Pakistanis. World has seen your love & respect for Pak Armed Forces & LEAs today. U hv rejected all kinds of malicious propaganda. We are strong because we have your unflinching support. Our lives are dedicated to Pakistan and its People.
Pakistan wins again!

— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) July 25, 2018

While other cried foul over transparency of the polls with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari saying that it is past midnight and he had not received any official results from any constituency he was running from.

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The scion of the Bhutto family’s political dynasty said that “his party candidates are complaining that polling agents have been thrown out of polling stations across the country. Inexcusable and outrageous”.

It’s now past midnight & I haven’t received official results from any constituency I am contesting my myself. My candidates complaining polling agents have been thrown out of polling stations across the country. Inexcusable & outrageous.

— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) July 25, 2018

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Faisal Sabzwari claimed that “results from NA-253 were withheld and manipulated” and termed it “a conspiracy”.

ضلعی ریٹرننگ دفتر، ضلع وسطی، نارتھ ناظم آباد میں NA253 کے نتائج کو روک کر من پسند نتائج حاصل کرنے کی سازش تیار ہے۔ آیا آزاد میڈیا وہاں جا کر دیکھ پائے گا کہ کیا ہو رہا ہے اور انتخابات کو الیکشن کمیشن کس حد تک متنازع بنانے جا رہا ہے؟

— Faisal Subzwari (@faisalsubzwari) July 25, 2018

Pakistan Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid said that “today is a victory for the Pakistan”.

PML-N president Shehbaz Sharf said that his party rejects the election results owing to the clear irregularities.

Shehbaz termed the result as “unbearable and unacceptable”.

Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) wholly rejects the results of General Elections 2018 due to manifest & massive irregularities. Form 45 was not given to our agents, results were stopped & votes were counted in the absence of our poll agents. This is both unbearable & unacceptable!

— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 25, 2018

The mandate of the millions of people who came out to vote has been humiliated. Our democratic process has been pushed back by decades. Had the public mandate been delivered in a fair manner, we would have accepted it happily.

— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 25, 2018

In Lahore alone the results of Pervez Malik, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq & even of my constituency were stopped.

— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 25, 2018

We thought that the people will be allowed opportunity to express their will freely. Long queues of people could be seen in the morning in this hot, humid weather. We requested the Election Commission of Pakistan to extend the polling time, which it did not accept.

— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 25, 2018

I have not seen the kind of malpractices done today after the polling time expired in my whole political career. We heard complaints from the whole country that Form 45 was not being given & the polling agents of the party were driven out.

— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 25, 2018

Election candidates in Mohmand have been urged to adhere to the electoral code of conduct issued by the top poll body

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