Kulsoom Sharif wins key vacant parliament seat in Lahore

Kulsoom Sharif wins key vacant parliament seat in Lahore

Kulsoom Sharif wins key vacant parliament seat in Lahore

In her absence, her daughter Maryam Nawaz led the campaign for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

"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.

"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.

17 September, is when the by-election to fill Sharif's seat in Lahore is being contested by his wife, Kulsoom, who is being treated for throat cancer in London. The ruling PML-N called the verdict a "disappointment" while Sharif's daughter and party leader Maryam Nawaz said "revenge was being taken in the name of accountability".

"Today, the people of NA-120 have avenged the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif".

Sharif, who has held office as prime minister on three occasions but never completed a full term, has already been summoned by an anti-corruption court in a corruption case on September 19. Pakistan's election commission will announce the official results later this week.

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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. Sharif denies any wrongdoing. It was a repeat of the 2013 general elections in which Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Dr. Yasmin Rashid lost to Nawaz Sharif.

The constituency has 312,783 voters and the polling stations close at 5 p.m. Pakistan time.

At one side, there was the PML-N.

Last year, Mr. Khan pounced on the leaking of the Panama Papers, which revealed that the Sharif family had bought expensive London apartments through offshore companies.

PPP's candidate Faisal Mir attained 1414 votes, Milli Muslim League's supported candidate Yaqoob Sheikh received 5,822 votes and Jamat e Islami's Ziauddin Ansari received 592 votes.

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