ISLAMABAD: Several prominent personalities including politicians on Wednesday cast their vote in Pakistan’s 11th general election.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif was among the first people to cast his vote. He voted in NA-130 constituency of Lahore where Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Khawaja Hassan and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’S (PTI) Shafqat Mehmood are in tough contest. His mother voted in Islamia College of Lahore.
PTI chief Imran Khan cast his vote in NA-53 Islamabad. He urged the nation to utilize their right to vote as it is a chance to defeat the mafia groups. “I do not ask you to vote only for PTI. Vote whichever party you want, but do vote,” he stressed. Khan termed the election as important one in the history of Pakistan.
President Mamnoon Hussain cast his vote in NA-247 Karachi while Chief Justice of Pakistan voted in NA-130 Lahore in Barkat Market.
Former Army Chief Gen (r) Raheel Sharif casts his vote in NA-129 while the present COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa voted in Rawalpindi constituency PP-11.
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi cast vote in NA-57 Murree. Asif Ali Zardari, Bakhtawar and Asifa Bhutto voted in Nawab Shah.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari voted in Larkana’s NA-200 constituency. He hoped that the nation will vote with full strength.
Ex-opposition leader in National assembly Khursheed Shah cast his vote in Sukkur’s NA-207 constituency. He hoped for fair elections. Shah maintained that PPP has worked for continuity of democracy in the country while conducting transparent elections is a major responsibility of army.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Dr Farooq Sattar voted in NA-245 constituency. He vowed to win all traditional seats.
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman cast vote in his native town in Dera Ismail Khan. He said a change will come as the structure of government is altering.
Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwala said that it’s a historic day (the polling day) and citizens have great affection to the democracy.
“Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Bashir Bilour and Haroon Bilour sacrificed their lives for strengthening the democracy in the country,” he said after casting his vote in NA-247 Bathisland polling station.
He said the people killed in blasts had martyred for the cause of democracy and their sacrifices would not go in vain. Saleem said the democratic process is moving ahead in the country which is an achievement. NNI