PESHAWAR – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf suffered a blow on Thursday when one of its central leaders Shah Farman lost to Awami National Party’s contestant Khushdil Khan in vote recounting process.

The ANP contender had applied for a vote recount in PK-70 constituency of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly where Farman was originally declared victorious with a lead of 47 votes.

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However, as the vote recounting concluded on Thursday, Farman suffered a defeat as Khushdil Khan secured 187 votes more than the PTI leader.

With the vote recount, PTI’s dream of a clean sweep in Peshawar was shattered and its majority in the provincial assembly was reduced to 65 seats.