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After the by-elections

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Pakistan has seldom experienced such passionately contested by-elections as were seen last Sunday in 20 Provincial Assembly constituencies of Pakistan’s largest province, Punjab. The contest was between arch rivals Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) seeking to reclaim the government of Punjab and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which considers Punjab its stronghold and was able to wrest control of the province from PTI barely three months ago. The by-elections, therefore, were not about 20 seats alone, they were about the provincial government which depended on these seats.

PTI managed to win 15 out of 20 seats and PML-N failed to win a sufficient number of seats in the by-elections to ensure the sustainability of its precarious provincial government in Punjab. This, in turn, created a strong impression of a set back for the party’s popularity in the province. The party, however, managed to win four of the seats which were earlier either won by PTI or independent candidates who later joined PTI. The difference in the vote share of the two parties – around 8 percentage points - in these 20 constituencies has also not changed since the 2018 General Election. What may further console PML-N is the........

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