Maryam Nawaz sabotaged Nawaz's plan to make Ahsan Iqbal PM

Maryam Nawaz sabotaged Nawaz's plan to make Ahsan Iqbal PM

Long lines of voters were seen at numerous NA-120 electoral constituency's 220 polling stations in the eastern city, capital of Punjab province, on Sunday.

Even if the Sharif camp prevails, the margin is likely to be close - in itself an astounding and historic upset. "You have to decide who you are going to support, whether you are with the judiciary, or with a dacoit". In the 2013 General Election, Rashid had received 52,354 votes against Nawaz. Analysts say MML is an attempt by Pakistan's powerful intelligence services to bring certain armed groups into the political mainstream to challenge the PML-N's dominance. "If they can't win this seat by a big margin - or could even lose - it is incredible".

Polling started in the NA-120 seat in Punjab province of Pakistan on Sunday. Khan was barred by electoral law from campaigning in the district. "Will you stand with your judiciary or with the biggest thieves of this country?" They are now in London and will return once the election is over.

The premier arrived in London on Saturday en route to NY to participate in the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) commencing from September 18.

The official results of the by-election will be released later by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Sharif's daughter, Maryam, who has been at the helm of the PML-N campaign for her mother and who some party leaders see as a future leader of the faction, has described the event as a good chance for Sharif's supporters to put on a show of force by handing the party a strong victory.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan thanked the Supreme Court for ending what he referred to as the "rule of the mafia".

Maryam defended her father in an interview with a private television and said that Dawn Leaks report should be made public and that it was a non-issue.

The seat has always been controlled by Sharif and his allies who consider Lahore to be their political stronghold.