Vote counting process begins in Pakistan and initial hopes of Nawaz Sharif's victory

The process of counting of votes of lakhs of voters has started in the parliamentary elections held today i.e. Thursday amid expectations of victory of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan.

Polling stations were opened to elect 266 delegates out of 5,121 candidates in the Parliament and 593 delegates out of 12,695 candidates in the regional parliaments.

More than 128 million voters are entitled to participate in the 12th general parliamentary election, and the next government will be formed by the party that receives the support of two-thirds of the delegates.

About 90,000 polling stations opened their doors to voters, while the Interior Ministry announced a “temporary suspension of mobile phone services” throughout the country on election day, citing security reasons.

The elections are being held against a backdrop of security and political tension, and are expected to lead to Sharif assuming the presidency for the fourth time and his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz wing, winning the majority of seats. Posture.

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan, leader of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party, was absent from participating in the elections due to a judicial ruling barring him from taking political action for 5 years.

Al Jazeera's correspondent reported that 48 people, including security personnel, were killed and dozens injured in the violent incidents that took place on Thursday and the previous day.

high alert

Participation rates in the surveys were expected to be low after a weak election campaign due to the imprisonment of the former prime minister and the debate between his PTI party and the military establishment.

Sharif's nephew and National Legislative Council candidate Hamza Shahbaz said in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore that his party would win the majority.

Unless Sharif gains a majority that would enable him to rule, he will probably seek power through a coalition with an ally or more than one smaller party, including Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's family party Pakistan Peoples. Party is also included.

The country is on high alert amid military deployment at polling stations, thousands of soldiers and paramilitary personnel deployed across Pakistan, and borders with Iran and Afghanistan temporarily closed.

The Interior Ministry said that at least 26 people were killed yesterday as a result of two blasts near the offices of election candidates in the south-western province of Balochistan and the Islamic State organization claimed responsibility for the two blasts, following which it took these steps.

The Ministry of the Interior wrote on the

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