SC to hear PPP candidate's plea against Kulsoom Nawaz today

Maryam ‘respects’ Nisar

The petitions that were filed against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Kulsoom Nawaz challenging her candidacy in the NA-120 by-elections have on Monday been disposed of by the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan. 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.

Maryam had been busy campaigning for Kulsoom Nawaz in the highly publicised NA-120 elections.

Nawaz Sharif, a Pakistani business magnate and politician, who has served the country as its Prime Minister thrice and three of those times have not been smooth.

The by-election on the seat left vacant after Sharif's disqualification by the Supreme Court, will be held on 17 September.

PTI candidate Yasmin Rashid, a local gynaecologist, saw her share of the vote rise from about 35 percent to 41 percent but she afterwards said about 29,000 voters did not have fingerprint identification with the national database.

Pakistan's election commission on Thursday also issued a warrant for the arrest of Imran Khan, a leading opposition figure, for making negative remarks about the organization.




The younger woman, who has been described as a future leader by political insiders in Pakistan, addressed jubilant workers from the PML-N party late Sunday evening.

"It's very hard for them to take this from us", said Sohail Butt, 48, a PML-N voter in the Mozang area of the city.

"These results show that the voters, in general, have not accepted Sharif's contention that he had been ousted under an orchestrated conspiracy", Kamran Khan, a Karachi-based political analyst, said.

Also contesting Sunday's by-election are two new right-wing religious entrants to electoral politics in Pakistan, the Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan and the Milli Muslim League (MML).

In the leaked video, she is holding a conversation with her media team after the unofficial results have been announced declaring victory of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

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