Religious parties not well-received this election


Religious parties once again failed to get public recognition in general elections by securing just 5 percent of total votes.

However, liberal and mainstream political parties got the major share of votes.

According to accumulated statistics, the overall popularity of religious political parties slumped to less than five percent. The self-proclaimed liberal Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP), which could not get as many seats as expected, was able to secure 15.7 percent votes.

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Isaf (PTI), which bagged fewer seats than PPP, emerged as the second largest party at national level by getting 17.8 percent votes.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) gained maximum number of seats at the center and in Punjab. However, its overall vote ratio remained at 35 percent.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), largely an urban party representing Karachi and Hyderabad, secured 6.6 percent votes.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) got 2.09 percent votes while Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) ended up by having 1.1 percent votes in this election.