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Voting begins to fill ousted PM Sharif's seat in Pakistan parliament

Voting begins to fill ousted PM Sharif's seat in Pakistan parliament

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, departed for London on Monday to see her ailing mother, Kulsoom Nawaz.

"Not only have NA-120 voters rejected the Supreme Court's decision [disqualifying Nawaz Sharif], but also rejected the court's spokesmen", Maryam Nawaz Sharif said while speaking to supporters after provisional results showed decisive victory for PML-N. Last week, the Supreme Court dismissed the review petitions filed by Sharif and his family, and ordered that corruption cases be filed against him, his children - Hussain, Hassan and Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law Mohammad Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Her campaign has been spearheaded by Maryam Nawaz, the couple's daughter and Nawaz' political heir apparent, in her first real foray into electoral politics.

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Knowing the delicacy of the power struggle, Nawaz, after his ouster, had announced his younger brother to be his successor but to be a PM, Shahbaz had to be elected to the National Assembly.

It fell vacant after the apex court on July 28 disqualified Sharif on grounds that he was dishonest. She was leading the by-election campaign for NA-120 for her mother.

"Even if the end result comes against us, it will be considered a win for PTI since it is the PML-N's home and we gave them a tough time in their home constituency", Qureshi maintained.

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Local media reports that she won 61,254 votes, 14,188 more than her nearest rival.

PML-N faces a strong challenge from the PTI party led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and the Pakistan People's Party of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

Milli Muslim League candidate came third with 4,174 votes, while Pakistan Peoples Party candidate got 2,520 votes.

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PTI's candidate Yasmeen Rashid alleged some mismanagement during the poll and said she would approach the court against the election authorities. Sheikh, the MML candidate, was also named as by the U.S. as a "specially designated global terrorist" in 2012, for his alleged role in leading fundraising and operations for LeT.


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