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Kalsoom Nawaz signs nomination papers for NA-120 by-election

LAHORE: Begum Kalsoom Nawaz has signed nomination papers for the NA-120 by-election, after the seat fell vacant following the disqualification of prime minister Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court.

The former first lady’s nomination papers for the by-election would be submitted today (Friday) by her son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar.

Reports emerged earlier this week that the ruling PML-N had finalised Sharif’s wife as the party’s candidate for the by-poll.

According to media reports, as many as 35 candidates have received nomination papers for the by-election, scheduled to be held on September 17.

Submission of the papers will end on August 12.

The scrutiny of the papers will take place on August 15-17, while the final list of candidates will be issued on August 26, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

In the 2013 General Elections, Nawaz won the seat by a substantial margin, defeating Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Yasmin Rashid  who will be contesting for the seat this time around too.

PM Abbasi announces state funeral for Dr Pfau

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced on Thursday a state funeral for Pakistan’s leprosy fighter Dr Ruth Pfau, who passed away early morning.

“The entire nation is indebted to Ruth Pfau for her selfless and unmatched services for the eradication of leprosy. We are proud of her exemplary services and she will remain in our hearts as a shining symbol in times ahead,” according to the statement by the PM office.

Tributes poured in from across the country after the passing of the humanitarian.

Dr Pfau, who led a battle against the stigmatised disease of leprosy, passed away early Thursday morning after a long illness. She was 87.

She had been hospitalised at a private hospital in the metropolis for two weeks due to age-related illnesses and her condition had been worsening.

Dr Pfau, the founder of the National Leprosy Control Programme in Pakistan, was in charge of the Marie Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP), where leprosy patients are treated.

Last year in July, Revered humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi was given a state funeral due to his humanitarian services. President Mamnoon Hussain, then Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Shareef, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, the CM Sindh and Sindh Governor attended the funeral held at the National Stadium.