Imran Khan Niazi entered politics in 1996 as a result of growing dissatisfaction with the bureaucracy and endemic corruption in the nation. To provide “Insaf” (justice) for all, he created the moderate PTI party.
Khan, the party’s chairman, won his first seat in the National Assembly in the 2002 general elections while contesting from Mianwali, Punjab, and the place of his paternal ancestors.
After boycotting the 2008 elections to protest corruption, Khan surprised the political establishment in Islamabad by unexpectedly attracting hundreds of thousands of supporters to public demonstrations in Lahore and Karachi in late 2011.
Having won the 2013 provincial election, the PTI ruled the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province for five years. Approximately 60% of the country’s population is young, and Imran Khan Niazi seems to have a strong attraction to them.
Imran Khan Niazi’s PTI party won a clear majority in the National Assembly in the 2018 general elections and won 149 seats.
Imran Khan Niazi’s First Election
He fought his first election with his party PTI in 1997. He was the party chairman at that time. Even though Imran’s PTI received less than 2% of the national vote, according to the Gallup Exit Poll survey, 19% of PML (N) supporters, 16% of PPP voters, and 14% of MQM voters chose it as their second option. The survey also uncovered some intriguing data regarding MQM voters’ second preference:
Only 1% of MQM voters indicated PML (N) as their second preference, compared to 41% who did.PPP as their backup option.
Although Imran enjoys a personal approval rating of over 10%, his candidates, who are running for more than half of all National Assembly seats, may not garner more than 5% of the overall vote. HE is therefore unlikely to have much of an impact given the existing electoral landscape. The major parties each had feared he would do the balancing act. The results of the survey do not support this thesis.
The NWFP competition has undergone a character change for the first time. it’s customary five potent
ANP, JUI, PPP, PM (M), and JI. Elections have been boycotted by the JI, while the Tehrik Insaf, has made its debut and is led by Imran Khan Niazi. His performance in the NWFP will probably surpass that of his predecessor. The rest of the nation. However, even at this point, he is only a little more than 10%. However, the ML (N) and Together, ANP and CO received a score of almost 40%, the same as what they received in the 1993 poll. The PPP has a good reputation. The vote share it got in the 1993 elections, 11%, was not enough to win.
These floaters were drawn to Imran Khan and Qazi Hussain Ahmed at various points leading up to the election. Both candidates experienced a notable rise in support. In this context, in the 1997 elections appeared a sizable portion of the disgruntled PP voters joined the party again, but the majority left.
Imran Khan Niazi’s Election Symbol in the 1997 Election
His election symbol was a lamp (دیا) in the 1997 election. At that time, the PTI’s election manifesto was a new face of new leadership۔
Imran Khan Niazi’s 1997 election
He contested 3 constituencies in the 1997 elections in which he was defeated. His opponent got several thousand more votes than him.
He contested from NA-53 Mian Wali, NA-94 Lahore, and NA-184 Karachi and emerged as a good candidate. His emergence in the first election was tantamount to creating difficulties for the opposition parties.
Imran Khan Niazi’s constituency NA-53
He contested the first election from his home constituency of Mianwali. His opponents were PML-N’s Muhammad Iqbal Khan Niazi, PML-Q’s Obaidullah Khan Niazi, and five independent candidates. Imran was the third candidate.
Imran Khan Niazi’s constituency NA-94
He contested the first election from his second constituency in Lahore. His opponents were Tariq Aziz of PML-N, Mian Misbah-ur-Rehman of PPP, and 6 candidates. He was the third candidate.
Imran Khan Niazi’s constituency NA-184
The neighborhood remains in a bad state even now, even though four different political parties have held the district. With 35,451 votes, Mian Ijaz Ahmed Shafi of the PML-N won the 1997 election. He was followed in the results by Muhammad Irfan Khan of the Haq Parast group (MQM-H), who received 32,668 votes, and Major General (ret.) Naseerullah Babar of the PPP, who received 23,512 votes, and Mian Irfan Khan. In 1997, this constituency gave 2,037 votes to Imran Niazi, the PTI’s leader. The people competing against him were not aware that they were up against the prime minister of the future.