Pakistan

Maryam chairs consultative party meeting for effective by-poll campaign

Maryam Nawaz

LAHORE: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz chairs another meeting on Sunday in connection with NA-120 by-election campaign here in Model Town, ARY News reported.

Launching Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s official campaign for upcoming by-election yesterday, Maryam had held consultative meetings with representatives of union councils and party workers for Begum Kulsoom Nawaz – her mother and the party’s candidate – who undergoes treatment for lymphoma in London.

In today’s meeting, Maryam held discussions on matter pertaining to party campaign in NA-120 by-election.

According to informed sources, she has also sought advices from party leadership besides urging party workers to put their efforts for an effective by-election campaign.

The meeting was attended by various party leaders including Federal Commerce Minister Pervez Malik, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, MNA Shaista Pervez Malik and Ahmed Hasaan, provincial lawmakers Bilal Yasin and Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman.

Sources further said the party’s strategy for the by-election was discussed in the meeting.

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On the flip side, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Dr Yasmin Rashid on Sunday continued her house-to-house by-election campaign in the constituency.

Expressing resentment over assault on party workers last night while visiting voters’ houses in Islampura, she said that Punjab police is yet to register an FIR against PML-N’s goons who attacked her PTI workers.

PTI leaders Chaudhry Sarwar, Ijaz Chaudhry and Andleeb Abbas were accompanying Yasmin during her door-to-door campaign.

In the General Elections 2013, Dr Yasmin Rashid secured 52,354 votes against the winning candidate deposed PM Nawaz Sharif who earned 91,683 votes in NA-120.

It merits to mention here that the seat for National Assembly from NA-120 (Lahore’s constituency) fell vacant after former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s ouster by Supreme Court in the landmark 28 July verdict. The by-poll is to be held by next month in the NA-120 constituency.

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