Pakistan ex-PM's wife wins his parliament seat: unofficial

Tuesday, 19 Sep, 2017

According to unofficial results, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Begum Kulsoom Nawaz won the NA-120 by-election with a margin of 14,188 votes on Sunday.

"Nawaz Sharif still lives in the heart of the people", Maryam told thousands of her party's supporters, who gathered outside the party's election office in Lahore.

Kulsoom Nawaz is now in London for cancer treatment.

The seat was vacated after Nawaz's disqualification by the Supreme Court in its July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.

A total of 44 candidates, including cricket-turned- politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf candidate, Yasmin Rashid, are in the fray. She was leading the by-election campaign for NA-120 for her mother.

In her election speeches, Maryam claimed that her father was ousted as prime minister through a conspiracy by forces within Pakistan, including what she alleged was the military's loathing of strong civilian government.

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Sharif was disqualified by Pakistan's top court for failure to declare a monthly salary, equivalent to around $2,700, from a company owned by his son.

While PML-N secured all its seats including NA-122, NA-137, NA-153 and NA-101 and grabbed a huge victory in local bodies elections in Punjab, clean swept in Azad Jammu & Kashmir elections and Gilgit-Baltistan polls.

Long queues formed outside polling stations in the city on Sunday morning. She did inform about holding of Iqama but did not mention the earning through it and details of bank accounts, they said.

A number of charged PML-N workers had gathered outside the Model Town residence of the Sharif family.

There are more than 320,000 voters taking part in the vote, which for the first time in Pakistan's history will be conducted using Biometric Voter Verification Machines in some the constituency's 220 polling stations, Dawn News reported.

Sheikh won four percent of the vote for the new Milli Muslim League, which is backed by the Jamaat-ut-Dawa (JuD) charity.