KARACHI: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has taken a lead of 4594 votes in the PS-127 Malir by-election for the Sindh Assembly.
According to unofficial and unconfirmed results from 130 polling stations out f 134, PPP candidate Ghulam Murtaza Baloch is ahead in the race with17559 votes while his rival Waseem Ahmed of the Mutahida Quami Movement (MQM) has secured 12965 votes.
MQM leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui admitted defeat and acknowledged PPP leader Mualabux Chandio’s point of view that the PPP has a presence and vote bank in Karachi.
The seat fell vacant after the resignation of MQM member Ashfaque Mangi after he joined the Mustafa Kamal-led Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).
Other candidates in the race include Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Nadeem Memon, as well as candidates from the Awami National Party (ANP), and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).