Celebrities thank people for voting in Pakistan’s general election

Celebrities thank people for voting in Pakistan’s general election

Islamabad, As the people of Pakistan wait with bated breath for the results of the general elections, many celebrities took to social media to thank the people who came out in large numbers to vote and tried to understand the unfolding situation after the unusual delays, thus leading to accusations of vote rigging. Voting for 265 seats in the National Assembly and four provincial assemblies, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, took place on Thursday, which was marred by sporadic acts of violence and a nationwide mobile phone blackout.

There were dozens of parties in the fray, but the main contest was between jailed former prime minister Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), whose candidates are contesting as independents, three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

Singer-songwriter and actor Farhan Saeed took to X to post a photo of his inked thumb and said, “this term spoke volumes.” “Pehle farz tha is baar qarz tha (Before it was a duty, this time it was a debt). Well done Pakistan for coming out and voting for your right! This mandate spoke volumes, really the best way to talk. !” The 39-year-old wrote in X.

Musician Shehzad Roy shared his X selfie, showing the indelible mark on his thumb and wrote, “Dara kar nahi, hara kar jeeto (Win by conquering, not by fear).

Singer Asim Azhar, who rose to fame for posting cover versions of various western songs on YouTube, tweeted several tweets at X calling it “what a story” and “what a fight”. He asked the authorities to “respect the vote”.

“I did everything, created all possible obstacles, the network and the Internet still not in many areas and much more, but still… God is great. What a story, what a fight. Ya Allah khair,” said the 27-year-old. Respect the vote. Respect the public statement. Let the truth prevail. InshaAllah”, he wrote in another post.

Actor Osman Khalid Butt posted a cryptic tweet as he wrote, “As you sow, so shall you reap.” Actress and former videographer Sonya Hussyn posted her photo on Instagram and also posted a video showing her family going to the polling station to vote.

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(For even God did not change the condition of that nation, to those who do not believe in changing their condition), she wrote as a caption.

Actor Fahad Sheikh took to his Instagram Story to joke that the result of the 2024 election might not be out in the same year. However, he added, “The people of Pakistan won today.”

Actress Maya Ali also took to Instagram Stories to write, “People have witnessed and shown a great sense of responsibility to come out and vote and choose their leader. Now I pray and hope that this night will pass and the morning will bring us hope, happiness and a great change for our country that we all need very much.”

She added, “It’s not about enforcement, it’s not about people, it’s not about punishment. It’s just about the system.”

Writer and columnist Fatima Bhutto, granddaughter of slain former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, wrote in X, “There is a genocide going on in the world we live in and I find it very difficult to express interest in which party made which deal, so whose mindless ‘leader’ can take the top job.

“This is a miserable charade, and the people deserve far better than all these men put together. I have seen many strange elections, I cannot say I have seen many hopes.”

“We’ll see what form the government takes tomorrow, but sorry to reserve any enthusiasm until it’s all done and dusted,” she added.

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