Nawaz Sharif 'Saadiq', 'Ameen' irrespective of Panama verdict: Maryam


Dr. Rashid says her contest is not against Ms. Kulsoom but the federal and provincial governments of the PML-N and the Sharif family.

During the campaign Maryam Nawaz sought to portray the vote as the "people's verdict" on her father's disqualification.

On the other side of Pakistan's political spectrum, opposition leader Imran Khan, whose efforts helped oust Sharif, accused the Sharif family of corruption.

The constituency, home to nearly half a million of Lahore's 11 million residents, is deep in the heart of the old city, and is considered a Sharif stronghold. One candidate is backed by a new party that is led by an Islamist firebrand who is subject to a $10 million bounty offered by the United States.

"My head goes towards PTI while my heart goes towards PML-N", said Ali Raza, 25, a bank employee. "In our area, work only gets done if you go through [the PML-N's] workers".

Nisar recently said Maryum could not be accepted as party leader.

A close contest is expected between Kulsoom and cricket-turned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf candidate Dr. Yasmin Rashid. And Maryam Nawaz said the people of Lahore will elect her mother and "reject the court's decision" against Sharif.

Farhat Abbas alleged that hired workers of PML-N were teasing women, and they would not be spared.

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finalised all arrangements to hold by-election in NA-120 in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner on Sunday.

The MML shares much of its personnel with the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a humanitarian relief organisation that the United Nations and USA both designate as a front for LeT, and which faces worldwide anti-terrorist sanctions.

The JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat activists openly campaigned for Yaqoob and also set up two mobile hospitals in NA-120.

Saeed is subject to a USA bounty of $10m and has been named by both the U.S. and United Nations as a "terrorist".

For the first time in the history of Pakistan, Biometric Voter Verification Machines were also being tested in the constituency. "That would be a victory for them", said Hasan Askri a political analyst.

"Will you take revenge for your disrespected vote?"