According to the unofficial results of the AJK Election Commission, PTI bagged 25 of the 45 seats. It won a majority in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in Sunday’s general election.
Pakistan Peoples Party won eleven seats and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz secured six seats.
Muslim Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Party also managed to secure one seat each.
Among the winners was PTI’s regional chief Barrister Sultan Mahmood. He secured his seventh success in the nine general elections held in LA-3, Mirpur-III since 1985.
Also, PTI’s central joint secretary Khawaja Farooq Ahmed emerged victorious in a tight competition in the Muzaffarabad city.
Furthermore, Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan and Malik Zafar Iqbal of the PTI won from Bagh and Raja Mahal from Kotli, respectively.
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Celebrations broke out after PTI was declared the winner across the majority of seats.
Celebrations all over Kashmir as PTI is declared Winner of AJK Elections. The Ambassador of Kashmir has won, congratulations Pakistan!
— PTI (@PTIofficial) July 25, 2021
Maryam and Bilawal accuse PTI of rigging AJK elections
As people celebrate PM Khan’s victory, Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto were not happy with the results.
Taking to Twitter, Maryam Nawaz said that she will not accept the AJK elections 2021 results and will never accept them.
“I did not accept the 2018 results either or acknowledge this fake government,” she tweeted.
She further accused PTI of rigging the elections.
میں نے نتائج تسلیم نہیں کیے ہیں اور نا کروں گی۔ میں نے تو ۲۰۱۸ کے نتائج بھی تسلیم نہیں کیے نا اس جعلی حکومت کو مانا ہے۔ ورکر اور ووٹرز کو شاباش دی ہے۔ اس بے شرم دھاندلی پر کیا لائحہ عمل ہو گا، جماعت جلد فیصلہ کرے گی انشاءاللّہ https://t.co/tgaO8TrH9H
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) July 25, 2021
PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also alleged that PTI won through unfair means.
Bilawal Bhutto claimed the election commission had failed to take action against the PTI for violating electoral rules.
“Despite this, PPP emerged as the largest opposition party in AJK with 11 seats, up from 3 seats last time. incredibly proud of PPPAJK for putting up a good fight,” the PPP leader tweeted while sharing the list of the party’s winning candidates.
PTIنے #AJKElections2021 میں تشدداوردھاندلی کا سہارالیا، ECP انتخابی قواعد کی خلاف ورزیوں پر PTIکے خلاف کارروائی میں ناکام رہا،اس کے باوجودAJK میں پی پی پی نے3سےبڑھاکراپنی نشستیں11 کرلیں اوراپوزیشن کی سب سےبڑی جماعت کےطورپرسامنےآئی ہے، مجھے بہترین جدوجہد کرنے والی PPPAJK پر فخر ہے https://t.co/G8ELXeQvuu
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) July 26, 2021
While Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto accuse PTI of rigging elections, AJK Secretary Election Commission Muhammad Ghazanfar Khan said the General Elections were held in a free, fair, and transparent manner.
He expressed satisfaction over the law and order and appreciated the performance of the police and the Pakistan army for ensuring the peaceful conduct of the elections.
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According to the AJK Election Commission, voter turn-out in the general elections remained fifty-eight percent as compared to the turnout of the 2016 election, which was 65 percent.