Former premier’s wife to contest by–elections for Lahore seat

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Wife of Pakistan's former Premier, Nawaz Sharif

By Muhammad Luqman
The wife of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been nominated to contest for the seat that fell vacant after her husband’s disqualification by Pakistan’s apex court.
Kalsoom Nawaz will run in the National Assembly by-election in eastern city of Lahore next month for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Ruling party’s arch rival, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf has fielded Dr. Yasmeen Rashed in NA-120 who had been the runner-up in 2013 elections.
“Kalsoom Nawaz is going to the parliament,” son-in-law Muhammad Safdar Awan, who is also a National Assembly lawmaker, said after submitting her nomination papers at the election commission office in Lahore.
“Her victory is written on the wall.”
Sharif, who was disqualified from office by the Supreme Court on July 28, won the constituency in the 2013 general election.
His wife is likely to lead the PML-N in parliament.
The former premier is currently leading a homecoming rally from Islamabad to Lahore, the capital of Punjab province and the PML-N’s seat of power.


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