webKARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party candidate Abdul Hakim Baloch has won NA-258 by-elections Malir Karachi, according to unofficial results here.

Abdul Hakim Baloch secured 80,292 votes to regain the area that has been one of its few traditional strongholds in Karachi.

The seat fell vacant after Hakim Baloch resigned from the Pakistan Muslim League and joined the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Eleven candidates from different political parties contested the election.

The PML-N, PTI, MQM did not participate in the polls.

Meanwhile, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari congratulated the people of Karachi for their overwhelming victory in the by-election from NA-258.

He said that PPP candidate Hakim Baloch winning the seat must show the path to all the former PPP leaders to return to their mother party and carry forward the mission for a democratic Pakistan as envisioned by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

“Victory of Hakim Baloch as the PPP candidate just one day ahead of the Party’s entry into 50th year after its foundation from Karachi is an open message to the people of Pakistan that PPP is the only Party which binds all Pakistanis in strong unity and national fraternity,” PPP Chairman said.

“Victory of PPP candidate Hakim Baloch is just a start and PPP candidates will win from all over the country in 2018 general elections,” he added and congratulated to the PPP candidate and all the workers of Malir and Karachi.