PML-N hope­ful of key by­poll win with big mar­gin

The Asian Age - - World - SHAFQAT ALI

The rul­ing Pak­istan Mus­lim League (Nawaz) is hop­ing to win with a big mar­gin in the by­poll for the va­cant Na­tional Assem­bly seat, NA-120, in Lahore to­day (Sun­day) — weeks after Nawaz Sharif was ousted as the Prime Min­is­ter by the Supreme Court for hid­ing as­sets.

After Mr Sharif ’s seat was de­clared va­cant, the PML-N started a cam­paign to hit back, nom­i­nat­ing Mr Sharif ’s wife Kul­soom Nawaz for the by-polls. Elec­tion cam­paign for the NA-120 Lahore-III ended on Satur­day night.

Mr Sharif ’s daught\er Maryam Nawaz said the peo­ple’s ver­dict in PMLN’s favour will prove Mr Sharif’s in­no­cence.

At least 44 can­di­dates, in­clud­ing Begum Kul­soom Nawaz of PMLN, Dr Yas­min Rashid of Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) and Faisal Mir of Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party (PPP), are con­test­ing the by-elec­tion.

A close con­test is ex­pected be­tween Begum Kul­soom Nawaz and PTI’s Dr Yas­min Rashid. There are 321,786 reg­is­tered vot­ers in the con­stituency. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan has set up 220 polling sta­tions for the vot­ers.

Mean­while on Satur­day, in­te­rior min­is­ter Ah­san Iqbal said that at­tempts were be­ing made to usurp Par­lia­ment’s rights and to make it worth­less.

Mr Ah­san Iqbal said the PML-N had reser­va­tions re­gard­ing the apex court’s de­ci­sion of oust­ing Mr Sharif, but it had ac­cepted the ver­dict.

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