Pakistan Election Results 2024 Live: Here Are The Leading Candidates!

The future leadership of Pakistan hangs in the balance, with these candidates and their respective parties competing for the opportunity to lead the nation forward.

The leading candidates to be Pakistan’s next prime minister represent the country’s major political parties, each vying for power amidst a backdrop of heightened political tensions and concerns regarding the fairness of the electoral process. Here’s an overview of the key contenders:

1. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
Leading Candidate: Nawaz Sharif
Background: Nawaz Sharif, a three-time prime minister, returned to Pakistan in late 2023 to assume leadership of the party after several corruption cases that led to his dismissal as prime minister in 2017 were dropped. His younger brother, Shehbaz Sharif, has also briefly held the prime ministerial position.
2018 Election Results: 64 seats
2013 Election Results: 126 seats

2. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)
Leading Candidate: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
Background: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, scion of the Bhutto dynasty, campaigns on issues such as climate change, gender equity, and fostering civility among parties. His grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and mother, Benazir Bhutto, both served as prime ministers, while his father, Asif Ali Zardari, was Pakistan’s president from 2008 to 2013.
2018 Election Results: 43 seats
2013 Election Results: 34 seats

3. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
Leading Candidate: Imran Khan
Background: Imran Khan, a former cricketer-turned-politician, leads the opposition PTI party, despite being incarcerated on corruption charges. Khan has been a vocal critic of Pakistan’s powerful military and led protests against it after his removal from office in 2022. His party has significant influence, having ruled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab in recent years.
2018 Election Results: 116 seats
2013 Election Results: 28 seats

As the election unfolds amidst allegations of political crackdowns and concerns over electoral integrity, the future leadership of Pakistan hangs in the balance, with these candidates and their respective parties competing for the opportunity to lead the nation forward.