All eyes in Pak on to­day’s by-elec­tions in La­hore’s NA-120

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD - AGEN­CIES

All eyes in Pak­istan are on Sun­day’s by-elec­tion in La­hore's NA-120 where the ail­ing wife of ousted prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif is con­test­ing to pro­vide a nar­ra­tive to the rul­ing PML-N that the peo­ple have re­jected the Supreme Court's de­ci­sion to send its leader home.

"To­mor­row La­hories will elect my mother, Begum Kul­soom Nawaz, in the court of peo­ple and re­ject the (apex) court's de­ci­sion against my fa­ther," Sharif's daugh­ter Maryam Nawaz told her party sup­port­ers here in Model Town on Saturday.

She said the peo­ple will cast the vote in favour of Begum Kul­soom with a pledge that they will not al­low any­one to in­sult the bal­lot.

Kul­soom is in Lon­don where she is un­der­go­ing treat­ment for her throat cancer. In her ab­sence, Maryam had run her mother's cam­paign. The seat fell va­cant on July 28 when the apex court dis­qual­i­fied Sharif in the Panama Pa­pers case. A close con­test is ex­pected be­tween Kul­soom and cricket- turned-politi­cian Im­ran Khan's Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf can­di­date Dr Yas­min Rashid.

There are more than 320,000 reg­is­tered vot­ers in the con­stituency, said to be the strong­hold of the Shar­ifs. The count­ing will be­gin soon af­ter the vot­ing con­cludes.

Pak­istan Rangers and the Army have been called in NA-120 that falls in down­town La­hore, where some of the most prom­i­nent gov­ern­ment build­ings and in­stal­la­tions are lo­cated. Rashid says her con­test is not against Kul­soom but the fed­eral and provin­cial gov­ern­ments of the PMLN and the Sharif fam­ily. "Be­sides spend­ing bil­lions of ru­pees, state machin­ery is used to woo vot­ers in the face of bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion's code of con­duct," she said.

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