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In the 2024 elections, Tehreek-e-Insaf gave tickets to about 444 candidates who were contesting the elections for the first time.

A young voter from Punjab who rejected traditional politics of faction and communityA young voter from Punjab who rejected traditional politics of faction and community
A young voter from Punjab who rejected traditional politics of faction and community
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The preliminary results of the February 8 election were surprising. The districts of Central Punjab and GT Road, traditionally considered PML-N strongholds, have thrown their weight behind Tehreek-e-Insafa. Even the Muslim League-N itself did not expect this. dr. Speaking to DW Urdu, Rais Bakhsh Rasool, head and analyst at the Institute for Strategic Studies, said, “The Mian Sahibs were expecting a simple majority and they were The center of hopes was Punjab, but the voters here rejected not only them but also traditional politics.”

According to the results so far, Tehreek-e-Insaf won 96 seats in the state assembly and 117 seats in the Punjab assembly, while Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz won 73 seats in the state assembly and 133 seats in the Punjab assembly. Imran Khan was convicted in three different cases. Why did the Muslim League-N not get the expected results from their bulwark Punjab despite being deprived of the baton sign and level playing field? And what were the trends behind Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s victory? We tried to find out from different analysts.

Ahmed Ejaz, an expert on electoral affairs, tells DW Urdu: “PML-N’s main strength in Punjab was the GT Road and central Punjab districts, where Nawaz Sharif’s magic worked even in difficult times, but this time the situation was different.” When explaining his stand, he says, “2018 was a tough year for PML-N, yet the party managed to win four out of five seats in the National Assembly from Sargodha district. But this time it barely got one In the same way Muslim League-N had five seats in Faisalabad but now it is one in ten. While out of a total of twenty-one provincial seats in Faisalabad, seventeen were won by Azad.”

dr. Rasool Bakhsh Rais says, “GT Road was the stronghold of Muslim League-N. Here in 2013 elections, Muslim League-N won 72 out of 79 constituencies, while this time almost half of the seats are independents from here, i.e. PTI.” To the candidates managed to win and quite a few of them are unknown faces. This is an unusual and revolutionary trend.” Noted intellectual Wajahat Masood has a different opinion. Speaking to DW Urdu, he says, “PTI’s performance in Punjab can be called unexpected, but it is not a trend setter. It is a time boil with no political analysis or considered opinion behind it. It is a wax nose. The establishment will turn it to their advantage anytime, anywhere.” will want. Is the issue of young PTI voters really overriding the constitution and democracy? Are the rights protected? Unfortunately, I do not have a promising answer to this question.”

Ahmed Ejaz says, “Tendencies have changed in Punjab, young voters have rejected traditional politics, but this is not a situation like the return of ideological politics or a revolution in society. If Imran Khan had not been removed from the no-confidence vote, the situation would have been different . This is the backlash of the voters against the punishment of Imran Khan, the PDM government and the ‘confused’ politics of the PML-N. There is no social revolution.” Speaking to DW Urdu, senior journalist Naseem Zahra said, “The voters of Punjab have completely erased the traditional politics of the Muslim League-N and factional communities. It is the same as Imran Khan’s name. . But people won by voting for poles. This is also the reaction of people against those who do political engineering.”

Noted journalist Sohail Waraich tells us, “The non-partisan elections of 1985 laid the foundations for factional, communal and manipulative politics in Pakistan. All the candidates were independents who resorted to communalism to seek votes. This pattern was followed in subsequent elections. “Always important in history. Its deepest roots are in Punjab. Now PTI seems to have shaken it.”

Analyst Fareeha Idris told DW Urdu: “PTI’s tremendous success is due to the response of voters, especially young voters, who were consistently engaged by PTI in unconventional ways, creating a narrative and constantly feeding it, like Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meeting with Tik- Talkers who were ridiculed by other parties but when PTI got into trouble social media did not let him out of politics, Tehreek-e-Insaf virtually on Tik-Tok. They adopted unconventional methods like Jalsa which bore fruits.” he says, “There was no election campaign of Tehreek-e-Insaf candidates, the leader was in jail, for the first time in Punjab the party’s election campaign was led by the people instead of the leaders. We saw people forming their own small groups and campaigning in every constituency and taking their candidate’s message to the common man. Under these circumstances, the success of Tehreek-e-Insaaf is unprecedented and is a revolt against traditional politics.”

The defeat of prominent PML-N politicians in Punjab who observers see as electable also reflects changing trends. Lahore is traditionally considered a PML-N stronghold, but old favorites like Khawaja Saad Rafique and Sheikh Rohail Asghar were defeated here. Similarly, from NA 115 Sheikhupora independent candidate Khurram Shehzad got more than 126 thousand votes while his rival Javed Latif could only get around 88 thousand votes. Khurram Shahzad is a complete newbie in politics who entered the field during the 2022 parallel elections.

Similarly, League leader Khurram Dastgir Khan from Gujranwala was defeated by Tehreek-e-Insaf-backed independent candidate Muhammad Mubeen Arif by about eighteen thousand votes. While Rana Sanaullah also lost his seat from Faisalabad. After May 9, many people associated with PTI quit the party, giving many new people political space in the party.

In the 2024 elections, Tehreek-e-Insaf gave tickets to about 444 candidates who were contesting the elections for the first time. For the Punjab Assembly elections, the Tehreek-e-Insaf gave tickets to 77 percent of new candidates, while only 33 old or former members of the assembly were among those who got tickets.

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