‘Shaikh’s defeat shows PM Imran doesn’t command parliament’s trust’

We stand vindicated as today’s results are a proof that 2018 general elections were rigged, says Maulana Fazl

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Following the shock defeat of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in the Senate elections on Wednesday, the members of the opposition are questioning the moral justification of Prime Minister Imran Khan to stay at the helm.

On the other hand, the government accused the opposition of indulging in corrupt practices to win the hotly-contested Senate elections.

After the announcement of the results, PDM Head Maulana Fazlur Rehman, while congratulating Gilani on his historic victory over Shaikh, said that the “fake prime minister” has lost his majority, adding that Imran Khan should resign today.

"The fake and selected prime minister has lost confidence of his own members. Today, our stance was vindicated that 2018 general elections were rigged," he added.

Fazl said that even during the PDM rallies, the masses had rejected the selected and fake prime minister.

Former Sindh Governor and PML-N leader Mohammad Zubair, during a press conference in Islamabad, said the victory of Gilani is the first step towards sending PM Imran packing.

Zubair said that the situation was not favourable and all forces were against us but we won. "Imran Khan talks about democracy... if he has a bit of self-respect left then he should resign and go home [now]," he added.

PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called it a victory for democracy. “Democracy is the best revenge,” he wrote on his official Twitter handle after the results were announced.

Maryam Nawaz, one of the key cogs in the anti-government movement under the banner of the Pakistan Democratic Movement, heaped praise on all those who voted against the ruling party in the Senate elections while speaking to over 5 million of her followers on Twitter.

“… The fake mandate is snatched back by people's representatives – Despite pressure from their own people, lawmakers refused to vote for flour thief, sugar thief, power thief, vote thief Imran Khan. You [PM Imran] now have no justification to occupy the Prime Minister's House. Leave the office you vote thief,” she wrote on her official handle.

In another tweet, Maryam said that PML-N MNAs not only stood by the former prime minister and PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif but also made him proud.

ANP leader Asfand Yar Wali said that PM Imran has lost legitimacy to remain in the office after today's elections.

"The victory of Yousuf Raza Gilani is the victory of democracy. During a referendum against the government, the MNAs have announced their decision," he tweeted.