Pakistan court rejects ex-PM's petition against removal

Posted September 19, 2017

The NA-120 by-elections was being considered a test for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after the chairman of the party, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, was disqualified as the Prime Minister of Pakistan by the Supreme Court.

Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, easily won election Sunday to fill the seat he formerly held.

Her daughter Maryam Nawaz managed her campaign in her absence.

Her mother is under treatment in the United Kingdom for throat cancer.

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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.

Kulsoom Nawaz stood in place of her husband Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified from office in July over a corruption inquiry. Election authorities will announce the final and official results later.

The ruling PML-N blamed the military establishment for picking up around 60 active office-bearers from the seat to influence the by-election.

Mr Sharif has always denied any wrongdoing but the Supreme Court recently dismissed petitions seeking a review of that decision.

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A close contest was observed between PTI's candidate Dr Yasmin Rashid and Kulsoom Nawaz.

Advocate Salman Akram Raja, who represented Sharif's children and son-in-law, said the decision of the apex court will have a far-reaching effect on several areas, including electoral laws.

The election was also notable for the role played by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, one of the most-wanted militant leaders in South Asia. The Sharif family has to face the corruption charges filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the accountability court. "Now people would reign supreme", she said.

The election was also significant because of Muhammad Yaqub Sheikh, a USA designated terrorist.

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Yaqoob Sheikh, an independent candidate backed by Milli Muslim League, managed to get 4,174 votes, while Pakistan People's Party candidate Faisal Mir got 2,520 votes.