Paramilitary troops called out in Punjab province

Last Updated: Saturday, June 5, 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.

PTI




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