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Sharif's wife in close contest in Lahore by-poll: Early results

 Agencies |  2017-09-17 16:34:53.0


Lahore: Pakistanis on Sunday voted for the parliamentary seat being contested by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's ailing wife in a test of support for the family after the Supreme Court dismissed Sharif from the office in the Panama Papers scandal.

The NA-120 seat in Lahore is said to be a stronghold of the Sharif family. It fell vacant after the apex court on July 28 dismissed Sharif on grounds that he was dishonest.
But the results announced by the Election Commission after counting at 23 centres showed that Kulsoom Nawaz was locked in a neck-to-neck contest with Yasmin Rashid of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party.
Nawaz had managed 5,700 votes against Rashid's 5,500.
Sharif's wife was fielded by the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) party for the by-election against Rashid, and 42 other candidates, including one from the Milli Muslim League, a new party backed by Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ut-Dawa (JuD).
Nawaz recently underwent cancer treatment in London and has been recuperating in the British capital.

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