KARACHI: A female candidate from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has defeated Ahmed Ludhianvi, leader of previously proscribed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ) in Jhang’s NA-115 constituency, according to unofficial results.
Ghulam Bibi Bharwana has thus far managed to bag 91,434 votes, whereas Ludhianvi received 68,616 votes in an area which is considered a stronghold of ASWJ. The party, known as a violent, sectarian group, has traditionally dominated Jhang, where it for formed, with only a few political figures challenging them in previous elections.
Bibi’s political career began in 2002 when she won NA-87 from the platform of Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q). She continued her winning streak in the 2008, and 2013 elections from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Last year, she had left the party to join PTI. This was her first time contesting the elections from Jhang.
In 2013, NA-115 was bagged by Sheikh Muhammad Akram, a renowned political figure from the area, who got a total of 7,4324 votes.
As the results started pouring in, many took to twitter to congratulate follows and the general public on this win.
Ludhianvi was recently taken off from the fourth schedule, a list of people who have links with terrorist networks. The ban on his party, ASWJ, was lifted just a day after Pakistan was put on FATF’s grey list.