Pakistan: Malala calls on everyone to accept the verdict of the voters

Arafat Rahman

Pakistani women’s education rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai

Elections in Pakistan have created drama. Two days after the polling, the full results of the election are yet to be released. The results that have emerged so far show that independent candidates supported by Imran Khan’s party PTI are leading by a clear margin.

Another former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has claimed victory even though he is behind in the number of seats. In such a situation, Malala Yousafzai, the women’s education rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate of Pakistan, urged everyone to accept the decision of the voters.

At the same time, he urged everyone to give priority to Pakistan’s democracy. Indian media NDTV reported this information in a report on Saturday (February 10).

According to the report, the country’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said Pakistan needed “free and fair elections”. He also urged the elected officials to accept the decision of the voters with grace.

The 26-year-old woman became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Prize in 2014. In a message on social media platform X, he said, “Pakistan needs free and fair elections, including transparency of vote counting and respect for results.”

“As always, I believe today, we must accept the decision of the voters with grace,” he said. I hope our elected officials – whether in government or opposition – prioritize democracy and prosperity for the people of Pakistan.’

The total number of seats in the general election of Pakistan is 266. Among them, the results of 256 constituencies have been declared. It has been seen that independent candidates supported by Imran Khan’s party PTI are leading by a clear margin.

Independent candidates backed by jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party won 93 of the 256 seats declared, according to Pakistani media The Dawn.

And former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won 73 seats. Besides, the Pakistan People’s Party of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has also won 54 seats. The rest were won by smaller teams.

Originally Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was not allowed to contest Thursday’s election as a party. Even their election symbols were taken away. And so the candidates of Imran’s party contested the elections as independent candidates.

Earlier, both Imran Khan and his main rival three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif declared victory on Friday. This has increased uncertainty over who will form the next government, at a time when the country needs swift policy action to tackle multiple challenges.

In such a situation, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf (PTI) party chairman Gahar Khan called on “all institutions” in Pakistan to respect his party’s mandate. Barrister Gahar also acted as a lawyer for the former Prime Minister.

In a press conference, he said the party would stage peaceful protests outside government offices across the country on Sunday if the full results of the polls were not announced by Saturday night.

Notably, women’s rights activist Malala earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University in the United Kingdom. In 2014, he won the Nobel Peace Prize at the youngest age in the history of the Nobel Prize.

Malala worked for women’s education while still in her native Pakistan. Some members of the armed group got angry with him. She was shot in 2012 by some members of an armed group to stop her from working for women’s education.

Malala was later flown to the UK for further treatment. There he recovered.

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