Hamza Shehbaz won the Punjab CM election but Pakistani Twitter still can’t get over how it happened

Published 23 Jul, 2022 01:21pm

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Chaudhry Shujaat and his letter brought a shocking plot twist to the election, one that netizens didn't see coming.

<p>Photo: Hamza Shahbaz/Instagram</p>

Photo: Hamza Shahbaz/Instagram

There’s nothing people in Pakistan love to do more than comment on politics and when a game-changing moment occurred during the election for the Punjab chief minister, people turned their shock into memes. Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain’s letter ended up being the curveball no one anticipated.

In a shock result, PML-Q’s PTI-backed candidate Chaudhry Parvez Elahi lost the CM election to PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz on Friday, after Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Dost Mohammad Mazari ruled that the PML-Q members’ votes were not counted in light of party head Hussain’s letter.

According to Mazari, Hamza received 179 votes whereas Elahi got 176 votes, but only after 10 votes from Elahi’s own party were not counted, which turned the tables in the former’s favour.

The ruling and consequent win left Pakistani Twitter in shock and they turned to memes to explain how everything went down.

In a nutshell.

Elahi’s emotions right now.


Some people’s family drama is more dramatic than other people’s family drama.

Plot twists can do that to you.

Netizens believe former Punjab CM Usman Buzdar may have a trick or two up his sleeve still.

Many were in awe of Asif Ali Zardari and his negotiating skills — and shocked that anyone let him meet Shujaat.

Others thought he could put his negotiating skills to use elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the rupee watching the showdown like.

So, as you can surmise, some major drama went down. But the PTI has said they won’t be giving up that easily — soon after the result was announced, PTI leader Asad Umar tweeted that the party would approach the Supreme Court against it.