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- Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - From Print Edition




The Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday declared the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Syed Hafeezuddin winner on the PS-93 (Karachi-V) seat with 15,617 votes in all, while Abdul Razzaq of the Jamaat-e-Islami was the runner-up with 10,723 votes.


The Awami National Party’s Ameer Nawab was declared winner on the seat in the 2008 polls.


It was one of the seats the party had won in the previous election. This time around, ANP’s Bashir Jan secured 9,500 votes.


PTI leaders were expecting more surprises in Karachi, as the youth demonstrated undying support for them.


However, the party faced innumerable difficulties on election day when ballot papers were unavailable at some polling stations, while polling did not even start at some polling booths.


Talking to The News, PS-93 winner Hafeezuddin expressed concern that despite the JI boycotting the elections at noon, their candidate was giving him a hard time.


Referring to his win in an Urdu-speaking locality where the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Shafiq Daad received only 8,562 votes, Hafeezuddin said that it was a positive trend in the metropolitan.


He said the PTI had emerged as the second largest political party in the country, especially in Sindh, where receiving thousands of votes in the MQM stronghold was a major achievement.


Hafeezuddin joined the PTI last year, after he defected from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz over differences with the party leadership.


He enjoys influence in the PTI hierarchy, as he was a manipulator in the intra-party elections in Sindh, especially in Karachi, and managed to get his man on the top seat of the party.