Paramilitary troops called out in Punjab province
Last Updated: Saturday, June 05, 2010, 18:35
Lahore: Paramilitary troops were called out in Pakistan's Punjab province following a clash between political activists during a by-election being contested by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's brother.

Pakistan Rangers personnel were deployed at Jalalpur near Multan to maintain law and order following the clash between supporters of the ruling Pakistan People's Party and the opposition PML-N.

Prime Minister Gilani's brother Ahmed Mujtaba Gilani is the PPP's candidate for the by-poll to the Jalalpur seat in the provincial assembly.

The constituency fell vacant when the incumbent legislator, Naghma Mushtaq of the PML-Q, resigned after a case was filed against her for possessing a fake degree.

Mushtaq, who belonged to a dissident faction of the PML-Q, is contesting the bye-election as a PML-N candidate.

Observers said a neck-and-neck contest is expected between Gilani and Mushtaq.

Both Prime Minister Gilani and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif did not visit Jalalpur to campaign for the candidates of their parties.

The premier had asked Sharif not to field a PML-N candidate against his brother but Sharif turned down his request.

A total of 12 candidates are in the fray in Jalalpur and 19 polling stations have been declared sensitive by the Election Commission.

Another by-election is being held to the Dera Ghazi Khan constituency in the Punjab assembly.

The main contest there is between independent candidate Khwaja Salahuddin and Mir Badshah Qasrani of the PML-N.


First Published: Saturday, June 05, 2010, 18:35

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