Pakistan Election 2018 is due to held in July 2018 to elect the
new Parliamentary government. All eyes are on main political parties PML (N), PPP,
PTI, JUI, PSP and how they are going to win the trust of Pakistani people. Considering
the fallouts of previous 2013 election result, which categorized it as unjust and
unfair due to the charges of corruption, the Economic Coordination Committee approved
the procurement of new printing machines with a budget of 864 million rupees.
Looking at the Pakistan Election 2013 takes you five years back!
General elections were held in Pakistan on 11 May 2013 for the purpose of electing
the parliamentarians of the 14th National Assembly, and four provincial assemblies
of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistan Election 2013
took place in total 272 constituencies, whereas, 70 seats were reserved for women
and minority groups. According to the Election Result 2013, none
of the parties achieved the 172 seats needed for an overall majority. The Pakistan
Muslim League (N) emerged as the victorious with largest number of votes and seats
but still fell short of six seats. However, 19 independent candidates further joined
PML (N) which assisted the party to form a single majority government. As a result,
Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif became the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.
In Pakistan Election 2013, PML (N) won 166 seats which were four
times higher than its old rival PPP which won 42 seats. PTI emerged as the third
largest party with 35 seats.
PML-N started its election 2013 campaign on the issues of energy conservation crisis,
higher education, taxation reforms, economic development, and immigration. Nawaz
Sharif led the election 2013 campaign and focused on the policies for youth and
small investors. He also revealed the policies for building motorways, counterterrorism
legislation, better public transportation, economic liberalization and environmental
preservation in Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif also promoted his decision to conduct nuclear
tests in 1998 regardless of the international pressure. He promised that he will
also do the economic explosion for Pakistan. People acknowledged their plans and
policies and they became the leading political party in Pakistan Election 2013.
Renowned cricketer Imran Khan formed PTI in 1996. The party did not have much popularity
till 2011. However, they started gaining support after their historic rally in 2011
at Minar-e-Pakistan. PTI effectively utilized social media for their election campaign
and other promotional activities. PTI’s chairman Imran Khan also visited different
cities for the election campaign. He revealed that PTI’s policies will surely assist
the Pakistan in its economic and political growth. He promoted his policies about
the social reforms, e-government, telecommunication, and social awareness in Pakistan.
However, PTI got more than 7.6 million votes for national assembly seats. In addition,
it also came as the leading party in KPK province and formed the government with
After the death of Benazir Bhutto, PPP came as a leading party in Pakistan election
2008. However, it failed to keep its popularity and voter support in the election
2013. PPP started its election campaign on its old slogan of Roti Kapdaa aur Makan
(Bread, Cloth, and House). PPP revealed its plans and policies about the welfare
programs and nationalization. The party also highlighted the awareness of industrial
and labor rights, promotion of social economics, counterterrorism legislation, importance
of higher education, efforts to reduce gas shortages in the country, and the strong
foreign policy. However, their National Assembly seats were reduced from 118 to
42 in the Pakistan election 2013. They succeeded to win the provincial assembly
seats in Sindh and eventually formed the government.