Tuesday Sep 19, 2017
KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan admitted Monday evening his party's defeat in the much-hyped by-election of the NA-120 constituency. He had earlier alleged that polls in three union councils of NA-120 Lahore-III had been rigged.
Khan — speaking in an interview with a local media channel — said the PTI was late in kicking off its election campaign in the constituency and that had it done so in a timelier fashion, the results would have been better for them.
Begum Kulsoom Nawaz — the candidate from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) — won on Sunday the closely-contested by-election in her husband and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s ‘home seat’.
PML-N fielded Begum Kulsoom as its candidate against PTI-backed Dr. Yasmin Rashid and Faisal Mir of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), among others.
According to the unofficial and unverified results, Begum Kulsoom managed to bag 61,254 votes, as opposed to the 47,066 votes that her competitor Rashid secured.
"Those who voted for PML-N should hail the thieves in case of a theft at their home," the PTI chief said in response to the by-election results.
Commenting on a statement by ex-interior minister Chaudhry Nisar — made during an interview in Geo News’ programme Jirga with Saleem Safi — regarding Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz, Khan said he was pleased that he questioned the former first daughter's eligibility
Chaudhry Nisar had denounced the comparisons made earlier between Maryam Nawaz and Benazir Bhutto — the former prime minister who was also the first woman to head a Muslim-majority country.
The ex-minister had stressed that Sharif's daughter needed to prove her mettle first by engaging in real politics. "Maryam Nawaz should understand and partake in practical politics. Only then can she be considered a leader," Nisar said.
"Benazir Bhutto spent time in jail and suffered a lot," he had added.