Reacting to the strong showing by PPP and PML-N in the AJK local government polls, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday said the allied parties had collectively outperformed the PTI.

“I’m grateful to the voters of AJK who voted for the Pakistan People’s Party,” said Bilawal as it must be a wakeup call for the PTI which failed to get the desired results despite having the state government.

The results of the first phase of the local government polls in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) in Muzaffarabad Division negate the feeling prevailing within the PTI that it is most popular party in the country and can win the general elections if held now.

According to the results announced by the Election Commission of AJK, the PML-N in alliance with the PPP enjoys majority in the Municipal Corporation Muzaffarabad – the state capital. It was the only municipal corporation in contest.

Out of the 535 union council, the results of 531 have been declared. The PPP is victorious in 158 followed by PTI 148 and PML-N 98. Meanwhile, there are 108 independents.

For the three municipal committees, there were 10 seats. The PPP has five, PTI four and PML-N 1. In this way, the PPP-PML-N alliance will surely get two of the municipal committees.

As far the four town committees are concerned, the PML-N and PTI have five seats each with two each for the PPP and independents.   

Hence, the PPP-PML-N alliance has so far managed 324 seats against 194 of the PTI in the polls with the rest distributed among independents and smaller parties.

Earlier on Monday, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said a party meeting had approved the dissolution of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies.

“As you know that we have already announced that we are exiting provincial assemblies. A decision to dissolve both Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa assemblies has been approved,” Fawad said.

Imran held meeting with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan earlier in the day and would meet with Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

However, there is seemingly resistance or confusion in the party with no final decision has been reached so far as Fawad said the assemblies would be dissolved following the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s parliamentary meetings scheduled to be held on Friday and Saturday respectively.

Earlier in the day, PTI leader Barrister Saif had told reporters that the majority of provincial assembly members in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stood by the party leadership’s decision, which means that some of them aren’t happy with the move or have reservations.

Although all the PTI MPAs from Sindh submitted their resignations to the party’s parliamentary leader Khurram Sher Zaman on Monday at Imran’s directives, but Sardar Yar Muhammad said Sunday that no decision had been reached about the Balochistan Assembly.

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