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Independence Cup Series: Green Shirts beat World XI by 20 runs in first match!

SANA MAHMOOD

LAHORE: Fierce Pakistani bowlers cowed-down the star-studded World XI squad – chasing  198-run target set by the green shirts – by restricting them to 177 runs for 7 here today at Gaddafi stadium.

Even though the Green Shirts commenced their inning rather precariously seeing Fakhar Zaman going back to pavilion in the first over, the team managed to muster-up 197/5 thanks to the 122-run partnership between Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam.

Captain Faf du Plessis was caught out. The key scalp was taken by Shadab Khan who also stumped David Miller. Towards the end of the inning Thisara Perera was run out with only one ball remaining in the visitors’ kitty.

86 runs off 52 balls by Azam was the highest score that earned the batsman Man of the Match award.

While applauding the revival of international cricket here, citizens lamented the curfew-like milieu that resulted into traffic jams and closure of main arteries and business centers. 

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Kulsoom Nawaz of PML (N) wins NA-120 By-Polls beating PTI’s Dr. Yasmin Rashid by 14,188 votes

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LAHORE: According to the unofficial results received by NewsPakistan.TV from 220 polling stations of NA-120 (Lahore III) PML (N)’s Kulsoom Nawaz bagged 61,254 votes to beat PTI’s Dr. Yasmin Rashid by over 14,188 votes after a closely contested by-polls.

It is pertinent to mention here that turnout remained as low as 33 percent despite the importance of by-polls. 

Thanking the voters who voted for her mom, Maryum Nawaz predicted that in the general elections 2018 too people will elect tiger.

She said that people had rejected Panama related verdict of Supreme Court. 

As soon as the results started spilling in it transpired though PML (N) was winning the race of NA-120 by-polls PTI had given it a tough competition. 

This is a win-win situation for PTI. Dr. Yasmin Rashid, expressing her contentedness over the results, has said that the war was not over.

Yasmin Rashid thanked media for exposing highhandedness of PTI’s opponents. She reiterated that the shadow of 29,000 transferred votes was still looming over the elections.

PTI leader said that she will be going to the superior court against Election Commission and the votes issue. 

On the contrary, despite winning the by-polls, PML (N) is worried about getting  a lot lesser votes as compared to the 2013 elections.

Realizing this, Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Nawaz Sharif – who had run the pre-election campaign for her mother – has said that they needed to introspect in order to figure out the causes of reduction in vote bank. 

Counting of votes started after the constituents cast their votes from 8am till 5pm today here at the 220 polling stations for National Assembly seat 120 left vacant after unseating of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif due to SC’s verdict on Panama-Leaks case.

Dr. Yasmin Rashid of PTI while commenting on the polling day thanked the armed forces as well as media for their contribution towards peaceful elections. 

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The Panamaleak saga: Voting commences in NA-120 (LAHORE III) by-poll!

SANA MAHMOOD

LAHORE: Since early morning people in hordes have started heading towards polling stations here queuing to cast their votes for electing National Assembly (NA) seat 120 representative. 

Polling, that started at 8 in the morning, will continue till 5PM facilitating 3,21,786 registered (including 142,144  female) voters use their right of franchise. ECP had provided 350,000 ballot papers to the polling staff. 

Over all 220 polling stations were set up by ECP. Out of that  103 were for men and 98 were joint stations. The ECP had delivered 350,000 ballot papers to the election staff.

However, sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that at a number of polling stations the process was taking too long.

The voters have also complained against absence of electricity at a number of polling stations. One agent belonging to PML (N) reportedly died due to cardiac arrest inside the station.

Due to huge ballot paper, featuring names of 44 candidates that are vying for Lahore-III seat, more ballot boxes were required by 2PM that have been provided by the returning officer. 

Despite large number of candidates it is obvious that the real clash is amid PTI(’s candidate) and (Sharif’s wife who is representing) PML-N.

PPPP, that is almost a non-entity in this event, has resorted to cry foul. Its regional leaders claim that while PML (N) candidates were casting their ballots in groups, PPPP voters were barred from going to the booths.

PTI’s Shah Mahmood Qureishi said that the NIC’s of members of Pakhtoon community were blocked.

Nevertheless, admitting that the election process was being carried out satisfactorily, Shah Mahmood Qureishi said that even if PTI candidate fails to fetch the coveted seat, the tough time party had given to PML (N) in its stronghold would be reckoned as winning the polls by PTI.

It is pertinent to mention here that PML (N)’s plan is to get Mrs. Sharif elected from NA-123 and then get her elected the PM of Pakistan.

Due to sensitivity of the by-polls affairs are being overseen by the Army personnel.

Eight thousand police personnel too were deployed to ensure peaceful elections. The constituency (NA-120) was divided into five sectors with an officer of the rank of superintendent overseeing each zone. 

Yet sporadic incidents of violence were witnessed at  a couple of spots. For instance, at Fatima Jinnah polling station PTI and PML(N) workers came to blows. The brawl was contained by para-military troops. 

Lahore constituency was left vacant due to ouster of former prime minister Sharif. He was judged ineligible by the SC via its verdict on Panama-leak case.

The initial plan of the PML (N) was to get Nawaz’s brother Shahbaz elected from NA-120 and then make him the PM.

But either Shahbaz did not want to shun his Chief Minister-ship of Punjab, or there is a rift amongst the family members.

Therefore, plan-B came into action and Mrs. Nawaz was fielded to contest the elections.

Savants believe that since she could not give public speeches, plan-B’s plan-B was unleashed in the form of shifting her to London and breaking news apropos her throat cancer. Her attractive daughter ran the election campaign for the ‘ailing mom’. 

 

 

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NA-120 By-Polls: ECP directs Defense Ministry to Deploy Army on Sept. 17!

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ISLAMABAD: As canvassing for the cliffhanger by-polls of Lahore’s NA-120 constituency is heating-up, Ministry of Defense has been instructed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to deploy army personnel on 17th of September to ensure transparency and maintain law & order till final counting of votes is done.

According to the plan soldiers would be deployed inside as well as outside the polling stations. 

PLAN A: When former PM Nawaz Sharif was disqualified and unseated by SC in its much trumpeted Panamagate decision, it was thought that his brother Shabaz Sharif would shun the CMship and contest for seat fell vacant. Pundits at the helms of affairs were quite certain that Shahbaz would eventually become PM.

PLAN B: However, the game-plan  has been changed for many reasons including: i) Shahbaz Sharif is not willing to shun his cozy Punjab CMship because of the lurking risks of leaving the Provincial top slot vacant; ii) Many insinuate that clandestinely  Nawaz does not want Shahbaz to become the PM. 

Now PML (N)’s Kulsoom Nawaz (wife of disqualified PM) and PTI’s Dr Yasmeen Rashid are going to lock horns on 17th.

PPPP has also fielded its candidate Faisal Mir who is not a resident of the constituency.  

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