Pak polls: Musharraf's party wins 2 seats despite poll boycott
Posted on: 09:26 PM IST May 12, 2013
Islamabad: Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's party on Sunday won two seats despite announcing a boycott of the 2013 general elections.
Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) won a seat each for the National Assembly and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's provincial assembly from Chitral's NA-32 and PK-90 constituency.
The APML had announced a boycott of the general elections after the rejection of Musharraf's nomination papers from all provinces and the imposition of a lifetime ban. But some party candidates had decided to stay in the field despite the boycott.
Iftikhar-ud-din won the NA-32 seat with 19,938 votes, defeating his nearest rival from the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf led by Imran Khan. Ghulam Mohammad, the APML candidate from PK-90, won his seat by securing 10,646 votes against the Pakistan People's Party candidate, who got 10,524 votes. In the PK-89 constituency, Saleem Khan of the Pakistan People's Party got 11,285 votes, defeating APML's Shehzada Khalid.
Musharraf, 69, is under house arrest on judicial remand at his Chak Shehzad residence, which was declared a sub-jail after the Islamabad High Court rejected the extension of his bail in the 2007 judges' detention case. Musharraf had returned to Pakistan on March 23 after more than four years in self-exile to participate in the elections.