Pakistan needs ‘free and fair elections’, results must be accepted: Malala Yousafzai

Feb 10, 2024

Islamabad: PakistanNobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Has said that his country needs “free and fair elections” and has urged elected officials to do so Accept Voters' decision politely. The 26-year-old, who became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in 2014, said, “Pakistan needs free and fair Elections, including transparency in vote counting and respect for the results.
I believe today, as I always have, that we must accept the voters' decision with grace. I hope our elected officials, whether in government or opposition parties, will prioritize democracy and prosperity for the people of Pakistan,” he posted on X.
Born in Swat district of the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Yousafzai was shot dead along with two other girls in October 2012 by a Taliban gunman who had targeted her for her activism for women's education. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. Politics and Economics from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford in 2020.
The general elections were held on Thursday, however, due to the slow vote counting process, no clear winner has emerged. The announcement of results after voting ended at 5 pm, with hopes that a majority on the 265 seats would be available by Friday, was delayed longer than usual, fueling speculation of vote rigging.
Independent candidates backed by jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party have sprung a surprise as they emerged on top with 101 seats. After this group, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) got 73 seats, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) got 54 seats, Muttahida Qaumi Movement got 17 seats and other seats were given to smaller parties.

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