PML-N hopeful of key bypoll win with big margin
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.