Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has won around 30-35 seats for the National Assembly in the May 11, general elections. This has disappointed many workers, supporters of PTI and even many PTI leaders were stunned by the result. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan was claiming for the last two years, that his party will sweep the elections, and because of his tall claims people were excepting at least 130-140 seats for PTI. However many realistic PTI leaders knew that they would be lucky if they won 35-40 seats. Independent and credible analysts were also of the view, that despite Imran Khan’s tall claims, PTI will be able to win around 40 seats. Some big media pundits also suggested that Imran Khan’s party will win 40-50 seats. Some of the media persons were indicating that PTI may win 70-80 seats.

Tehreek-e-Insaf spent billions of rupees on media campaign, just like PML-N so people were expecting that they would give PML-N a tough fight, which didn’t happen, and PML-N won the elections easily in Punjab. PTI is now claiming that massive rigging has taken place all over Pakistan. This may be true in some areas; the videos are circulating on the internet. Rigging claims must be proved by evidence, which has appeared in the form of video clips, and now the ECP should take notice of all the rigging claims.

However, PTI has contested this election excellently and they have emerged as the second biggest party of Pakistan, which is a big victory for Tehreek-e-Insaf. After October 30, 2011 PTI gathering in Lahore, PML-N worked harder to capture the voters who wanted to desert their party and move to PTI. The number of youth and unknown faces, such as Andleeb Abbas, who often appeared on TV shows on behalf of PTI, added to their loss. Imran Khan should have worked harder on getting together a team worthy of his slogans and rhetoric’s.

MUBASHIR MAHMOOD,

Karachi, May 13.