ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani emerged victorious against the ruling party’s Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.
After the result was announced, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and the former prime minister shook hands and hugged each other.
Similarly, PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz celebrated Gilani’s victory, urging PM Imran Khan to resign and “leave the [prime minister’s] seat”.
Official results announcing Gillani’s victory will be announced later, say sources.
Senior ministers of the government such as Fawad Chaudhry and Sheikh Rashid had earlier claimed that Sheikh would defeat the former prime minister easily.
Polling for the Senate election commenced at 9am and continued till 5pm after which the votes were counted.
The PDM fielded former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani as its joint nominee for the Islamabad seat against the PTI’s Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.
The other candidates who have won included , Palwasha Khan — PPP (Sindh, women), Saleem Mandviwalla — PPP (Sindh, general), Sherry Rehman — PPP (Sindh, general), Fozia Arshad — PTI (Federal, women), Sania Nishtar — PTI (KP, women), Falak Naz — PTI (KP, women), Sarfaraz Bugti — BAP,(Balochistan, general), Manzoor Ahmed — BAP (Balochistan, general), Prince Ahmed Umer Ahmedzai — BAP (Balochistan, general), Khalida Ateeb — MQM-P (Sindh, women), Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri — JUI-F (Balochistan, general), Muhammad Qasim — BNP (Balochistan, general)Abdul Qadir — Independent (Balochistan, general)