NA-120, one of the most controversial and cardinal constituency of the country had all eyes fixed on it as the elections were held on the seat left vacant after Nawaz Sharif’s ouster, post-Panama case verdict.
The election was an obvious war between PTI and PML N, and a close contest was observed between the wife of former PM Nawaz Sharif, Kulsoom Nawaz and Dr. Yasmin Rashid.
Kulsoom Nawaz won the elections securing 61,254 votes whereas Dr. Yasmin got 47,066 votes from 220 polling stations (Dawn News).
The results met a doubtful and critical response, as they are being viewed as ‘influenced’ by the governing party.
As expected, PMLN’s win on the same constituency where they were previously disqualified due to corruption charges caused a social media frenzy.
At one hand Maryam Nawaz declared this victory as a clear refusal to accept the Supreme Court decision by the public, on the other hand, the party is being criticized for swaying the results.
Amidst this conflict of opinions, we gathered some responses to convey how the prominent leaders, journalists and the ultimate authority i.e the public thinks of the election’s outcome.
Legitimate result or predetermined and influenced? Let’s see what people have to say:
Reaction From Politicians
Applaud courage & determination with which Dr Yasmin Rashid fought NA120 elec against fed-prov-LG govt-backed PMLN with their massive funds
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 17, 2017
Shukar Alhamdolillah a million times ! This was PMLN vs ALL ! pic.twitter.com/sZIoEuk1y3
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) September 17, 2017
Result of this NA120 election has shown that the hearts of the masses beat with PMLN …
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) September 17, 2017
Dr. Yasmin Rashid is a born fighter…NA-120 was PML-N's impregnable fortress with N having won every election since 1985, it has fallen… pic.twitter.com/6XoqV6WN8U
— Andleeb Abbas (@AndleebAbbas) September 18, 2017
Extremely proud of PTI putting up an amazing fight against the might of Federal & Punjab Govts. Well done Dr Yasmin.Future belongs 2 PTI IA
— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) September 17, 2017
— Umer Dar (@UmerPTIOfficial) September 17, 2017
I salute efforts of all PTI workers who worked day n night and who gave their best for this election.#NA120
— Abdul Aleem Khan (@aleemkhan_pti) September 17, 2017
— Irum Azeem Farooque (@Irumf) September 17, 2017
Dr Yasmin is a remarkable woman who showed her true grit during this election. We should rightly be proud of her. A real super star.
— Naeem ul Haque (@naeemul_haque) September 17, 2017
I wld like to congratulate Dr Yasmin & all PTI workers 4 their commitment & courageous battle against state machinery incl support from PMLQ
— Mohammad Sarwar (@ChMSarwar) September 17, 2017
NA-120 Kay Result Kay baad Manazir pic.twitter.com/lCEjiPcCcJ
— AbidSherAli (@AbidSherAli) September 17, 2017
People's court rules in Sharif's favour pic.twitter.com/jwqrcpTbJB
— Hina Butt (@hinaparvezbutt) September 18, 2017
Journalists And Prominent Personalities
#NA120 voters hav rejected 'Godfather' & 'Sicilian Mafia' insults by SC judges, dismissal of review appeals hrs ahead of polling was telling
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaGeoNews) September 17, 2017
Celebration is for show only. Deep down inside, N League leaders know this is a huge blow for them on their home ground. https://t.co/CMF8yQOqKv
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) September 17, 2017
کیا این اے 120 کا نتیجہ پورے پاکستان کی رائے کا ترجمان قرار دیا جا سکتا ہے؟ ۔۔۔ قلم کمان ۔۔۔ حامد میر https://t.co/7sA8QiWjiL
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) September 18, 2017
While PMLN & PTI have survived the elections, the real dead bodies are PPP, JI & Election Commission that allowed 29,000 unverified voters 😂
— Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) September 18, 2017
Retweeted KQ (@KhalidQwt):
— Lodhran Online (@onlinelod) September 17, 2017
— Adeel Baig (@adeel_202_fsd) September 17, 2017
Nawaz Sharif 20 Percent votes more than Imran Khan could cause concern but not depression
— Kamran Khan (@AajKamranKhan) September 17, 2017
1.PML-N's vote-bank shrinking in its fort.
2.PTI has expanded its vote-bank in PML-N's fort.
3.PPP is now a Thatta to Sukkar party.
— farrukh saleem (@SaleemFarrukh) September 17, 2017
Congratulations to PMLN for their win today. In honor of your achievement I am sending my wife to do all my shows for the next two years.
— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) September 17, 2017
Hence proven corruption, status quo, dynastic politics & clean political character are not the issues of majority of voters. Cheers !#NA120
— Ameer Abbas (@ameerabbas84) September 18, 2017
See What Public Has To Say
Majority of public on social media roars in PT’s favor
#NA120Result Hence proved that khota is more influential then Justice, power & Wisdom
— Owais Siddiqui (@DazzlingSatire) September 17, 2017
— Azmat Fareed (@AzmatF16) September 17, 2017
— Hasni PTI (@hasniali8) September 17, 2017
Some comments from Siasat.pk’s Facebook page:
"Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves." 13:11, Quran#NA120result
— Faizan Ahmad (@M_FaizanAhmad) September 17, 2017
— The Saviour (@i_ptivf) September 17, 2017
— w@seem (@ViceKaptan) September 17, 2017
Lets dont give up & keep hammering on Sharifs temple it's about to break off. Proud of Dr. Yasmin for putting up such close fight in #NA120.
— Arsalan Siddiqui (@ArsalanISF) September 17, 2017
ابتدائی نتائج میں یاسمین راشد نے ایک دفعہ تو نون لیگیوں کی جان ہی نکال دی تھی 😂😂
— Hammad Chaudhary (@HammadCh007) September 17, 2017
— Syeda Mahinu (@SyedaMahinu) September 17, 2017
— Main Abdul Majid Hun (@ComicsByMajid) September 18, 2017
The reaction of the people and the result of the election show a strange analogy. Where PML N has already lost its credibility after Nawaz Sharif found culpable of corruption, those who survived the accountability grind still remain in power, preaching the same conventional ideology.
Whether the results are valid or there exist discrepancy in the result? Does this election follow the pavement of being influenced by power or it actually is, as they say, the decision of the ‘people’s court’?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment’s section below.