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.
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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.
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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.