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NA-154 Lodhran polling in progress for by-election

LODHRAN (Monitoring desk): Polling has started for the by-election in the National Assembly constituency, NA-154 after the seat left by Jahangir Tareen leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) due to his disqualification by the Supreme Court in December 2017.

4,000 security personnel, inclusive of army officials are deployed in the constituency NA-154 of Lodhran, to ensure safety for the voters as well as a free and fair electoral activity.

The PTI has pitched Jahangir’s son, Ali Tareen as its candidate, opposed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Iqbal Shah and Pakistan Peoples Party Mirza Muhammad Ali Baig. Seven independent candidates are also contesting for NA-154.

The polling will close at 5 pm, having started at 8 am.

All in all 338 polling stations have been put up in the constituency, where 431,002 voters will cast their votes.

The Supreme Court, in its judgment in December 2017, had said that Jahanghir Tareen had pleaded guilty to insider trading and ruled that he cannot be termed honest and stands disqualified for life as per Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.

It had also said the PTI leader used suspicious terms in his statements to the court, besides not declaring his offshore company.

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Karachi (Monitoring Desk): The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Tuesday awarded tickets to its leaders from Sindh to contest the Senate elections scheduled in March. As many as 12 PPP senators from the province are retiring in March.

According to a PPP spokesperson, seven tickets have been issued for general seats, two each for seats reserved for technocrats and women and one for the province’s minority seat.

Those who have been awarded the tickets include Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani and Barrister Murtaza Wahab who will be retiring next month, former Sindh information adviser Moula Bux Chandio, Imamdin Shokeen, former PML-F MPA who joined the PPP Ali Jamote, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar and Ayaz Mehr.