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