LAHORE - The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf defeated the ruling party (PML-N) in LA-37 Valley II, Azad Jammu Kashmir polls yesterday after a hectic electoral drive in the provincial capital.

According to official results Imran Khan’s candidate Ghulam Mohiyudeen Dewan defeated PML-N contender Ghulam Abbas Mir by securing 1536 votes against ruling party’s runner 909 ballots. PPP candidate Umer Sharif Bokhari could secure only 85 votes.

The PML-N is defeated by the PTI in its citadel for the election on one of the eight seats of Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu Kashmir for refugees settled in Punjab.

Political pundits calling it decline of PML-N popular base in a city which is claimed by the party leadership as its fortress. Earlier, the ruling party lost a bye-poll to Imran Khan’s party in the provincial capital after a massive electoral campaign.

General elections for eight seats in Punjab for Kashmiri refugees settled in Pakistan held yesterday including LA-37 uninterrupted from 8am to 5pm. The polling held in a peaceful manner under the strict security of Pak Army soldiers with the patrolling of Rapid Response Force of the army around the polling stations.

A total of 10 presiding officers, 20 polling officers and 40 polling assistant conduct the polls at 10 polling stations and 20 polling booths for LA-37 Valley II voting.

The total number of registered voters in LA-37 was 3935 of which 2172 were male voters and 1763 were female voters.

All the three main parties PTI, PML-N and PPP established polling camps outside the polling stations to allure the voters for ballot in favour of their respective parties besides guiding them the vote details.

Male and female voters including the old came to cast their vote to elect a government of their choice in Azad Jammu Kashmir.

The ballot bags were transported by the army soldiers with election staff to Government Khazana Gate High School for count. Earlier the election material was provided to the polling staff at the same venue under the supervision of army with transportation up to the polling stations on July 20.

Dozens of party leaders and activists gathered at the residence of PTI candidate to congratulate him over his win. Party activists danced to the tunes of drum beat to celebrate party’s victory in the stronghold of the ruling party. Sweets were also distributed among the party workers and leaders.

PML-N leaders however accused Mr Khan’s party of foul play in the contest for LA-37. They claimed their party lost the polls because of bogus votes.

But astonishingly no leader, worker or voter of the ruling party raised objections over the voters’ lists at the polling stations during electioneering.