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BAP becomes largest parliamentary party in Balochistan

The Balochistan Awami Party garnered the most number of seats in Balochistan's assembly elections, which took place across four administrative provinces on Wednesday, and secured the support of three independent candidates, thereby becoming the region's largest parliamentary party. 

“As the largest parliamentary political party, we have to be allowed to form the government in Balochistan,” said the BAP leader, Jam Kamal said. 

Following the BAP, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, independents, and the Balochistan National Party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was able to secure 4 seats in the assembly. 

The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), highly popular in the Punjab province, gained only one seat in Balochistan, indicating a deep inter-provincial divide within Pakistan. 

Several incidents of pre-election violence took place across all administrative units, the most significant of which being the suicide bombing that took place on July 13, taking the lives of 131 individuals, including a Balochistan Awami Party candidate, and injuring over 200 others.

In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, PTI had contested 66 parliamentary seats, the most of all parties in the KP province. PTI also sees similar success in the neighboring Punjab province with 122 allocated seats, although the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), or PMI-L, named after the party's founder and the 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, was able to secure five more seats, totalling 127. 

South of Punjab, the Sindh provincial assembly was dominated by the Pakistan Peoples' Party Parliamentarians, with 74 seats, though the aforementioned PTI notably placed second in number of seats, with 22.