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NA-120 by-election

SC rejects petitions challenging Kulsoom’s candidacy for NA-120

LAHORE: A day after former prime minister's wife Kulsoom Nawaz won back her husband's former seat, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court dismissed two identical petitions questioning a verdict of the Lahore High Court (LHC) that allowed her to contest the NA-120 by-election. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate won the NA-120 by-election with 61, 254 votes on Sunday, defeating Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Dr. Yasmin Rashid who secured 47,066 votes. The three-judge bench, headed by Justice…

NA-120 at a glance: PTI, PML-N in a fierce showdown

LAHORE: Polling for a momentous by-election in the National Assembly seat (NA-120) vacated after the disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is underway with a tough contest between the PML-N’s candidate Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and PTI’s Dr Yasmeen Rashid. The NA-120 by-election has been dubbed as of paramount significance by political analysts for it was the very constituency that elected Nawaz Sharif before he was sent packing by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case. The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz…

Last-ditch attempt: PPP challenges Kulsoom’s candidacy for NA-120 in SC

ISLAMABAD: In a last-ditch attempt, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate Faisal Mir has gone to the Supreme Court challenging the verdict of a larger bench of the Lahore High Court that rejected his and other parties’ petitions challenging Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s candidacy for NA-120 by-election. The PPP candidate filed on Friday an appeal in the apex court requesting it to declare the verdict of LHC as illegal and unconstitutional and restrain the PML-N’s candidate Kulsoom Nawaz from contesting the by-election. He has…

LHC throws out petitions challenging Kulsoom’s candidacy for NA-120

LAHORE: A three-judge larger bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday dismissed all petitions challenging the acceptance of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s nomination papers for the by-election in NA-120 constituency. The bench comprising Justice Qazi Ameenuddin, Ubaidur Rehman Lodhi and Shahid Jameel rejected the petitions filed by Pakistan Peoples Party’s candidate Faisal Mir, Pakistan Awami Tehreek leader Ishtiaq Chaudhry and two others. Earlier, the bench reserved its verdict on the petitions after hearing arguments from…

Kaira laments ECP failure to stop govt resources’ use in campaign for NA-120

LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira on Wednesday said state machinery and resources were being used by the ruling PML-N in its campaign for the by-election in NA-120 in defiance of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) code of conduct. Flanked by Nadeem Afzal Chan and other party leaders, the senior PPP leader while addressing a press conference lamented that the ECP could not ensure the implementation of its code of conduct and stop the ruling party from using government resources and the…

Campaigning picks up as NA-120 by-election draws near

LAHORE: With the by-election in NA-120 constituency inching closer, political parties have stepped up campaign to garner as much support as possible for their candidates in the run for the National Assembly seat. The PML-N, PTI and PPP candidates are among 44 candidates vying for the NA-120 seat vacated after the disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif by Supreme Court in Panamagate verdict. The by-poll in the constituency is scheduled to be held on Sept 17. On Sunday, Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of…

NA-120 by-election: Yasmeen laments ECP inaction over unverified voters

LAHORE: With the by-election in NA-120 constituency, vacated after disqualification of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, approaching fast, the electioneering by various candidates to garner as much support as possible has gained momentum. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Yasmeen Rashid carried with her door to door campaign on Saturday to convince the constituents of NA-120 to vote for her in the by-election scheduled to be held on Sept 17. Speaking to media, she took a swipe at the ruling Pakistan Muslim…

LHC constitutes bench to hear petitions against Kulsoom’s nomination for NA-120

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Chief Justice on Thursday formed a full bench for the third time to decide petitions challenging the acceptance of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s nomination papers for the by-election in NA-120 constituency. The three-judge bench comprising Justice Qazi Ameenuddin, Ubaidur Rehman Lodhi and Shahid Jameel will hear and decide petitions filed by Pakistan Peoples Party’s candidate Faisal Mir and Pakistan Awami Tehreek leader Ishtiaq Chaudhry. A day before, the election petitions were referred to LHC…

LHC Judge declines to hear petitions challenging Kulsoom’s nomination for NA-120

LAHORE: A member of the Lahore High Court's larger bench declined on Wednesday to proceed with petitions challenging the acceptance of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s nomination papers for the by-election in NA-120 constituency. The election petitions were referred to LHC chief justice to constitute another bench to hear them after Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza recused himself from the bench constituted to hear the election matters. A day before, the chief justice of LHC had formed the bench, comprising Justice Qazi Ameenuddin,…

PML-N leader warned against violating code of conduct for NA-120 by-election

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday warned Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yaseen that he may be disqualified from the membership of the provincial assembly if found violating its code of conduct for the by-election in the NA-120 Lahore constituency. A two-member bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza, heard the complaint against the provincial minister for allegedly violating the ECP’s code of conduct. Fuming at the absence of Yasin, the bench warned…