SIALKOT: PTI’s Ali Asjad Malhi on Sunday congratulated PML-N’s Nosheen Iftikhar for her Daska by-election win a day earlier.
After the ruling PTI suffered a setback, Malhi lost the controversial NA-75 seat to Iftikhar.
Due to repeated incidents of violence and serious violations, the Pakistan Election Commission declared that the polls conducted on this constituency on February 19 this year were invalid, and the by-election of the Sialkot constituency has increased national importance.
“I won the election on February 19. Special congratulations to Election Commission who took my victory away,” the PML-N leader added, in his video statement.
He thanked his party workers for their support throughout. “ّYou must not panic. We will make a comeback,” he added.
Following the rigging controversy, the ECP had ordered a re-election in NA-75.
PTI candidates have challenged the ECP’s order to the Supreme Court, but the petition was rejected on April 2, and the Supreme Court ordered a vote on April 10 as planned.
According to provisional and unofficial results from all 360 polling stations, announced after midnight, at around 12:30am on Sunday, Iftikhar managed to secure 110,075 votes, whereas Malhi received 93,433.
The final tally means the PML-N won by a margin of 16,642 votes.