Pakistan People Party (PPP) celebrated major win in Karachi after clinching majority seats in the local government by-elections, moving closer to the city's mayoral seat.
The party has secured seats of the 98 union council constituencies in the port city with its overall position strengthening after announcement of the unofficial and unconfirmed results of the by-polls — held a day earlier — was made.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has, so far, announced the result of 240 seats out of the total 246 across the city. The electoral body has withheld results of six remaining seats which include five from district west and one from district east.
Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) is at the second spot and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is on third with 89 and 42 seats in the provincial capital, respectively.
Other parties that secured seats in Sindh in the local body elections include Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with seven seats and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) two, while one seat each went to Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan and an independent candidate.
Following his party's victory, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari expressed gratitude for the party's success in the by-elections terming it a "historical achievement".
Taking to its Twitter account, the party shared Bilawal's message after the win.
"From Karachi to Kashmore, people have once again reposed their faith in the PPP. It is a historical achievement that all the district chairmen, including Karachi and Hyderabad, will be jiyalas (PPP supporters)," the PPP chairman said.
He added that the success is the result of people's trust, sacrifices of parties martyred leaders and workers as well as the hard work of supporters.
Bilawal said that responsibilities of his party's supporters have increased, as its motto is now to serve people without discrimination.
He has directed union council chairmen and councilors to include every street and neighbourhood of the province as part of the development process.
"Elected representatives of the party should remember that in every street there is a Shaheed Benazir Bhutto's house and every neighborhood belongs to the leader of the people [PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto]," he said.
The PPP chairman said that the homes of every ordinary Pakistani is as dear to him as the Bilawal House. He has asked his party's supporters prepare setting the standard to serve people.