Maryam Nawaz heads to London

Aaron Brown
September 19, 2017

Meanwhile Dr. Yasmin accepted her defeat gracefully but vowed to approach the court against the Election Commission of Pakistan for registering 29,000 bogus votes in the constituency.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan thanked the Supreme Court for ending what he referred to as the "rule of the mafia".

Earlier in the day, long queues were seen outside the polling stations as people came out to cast their vote as early as 8am.

Ms Maryam said her father's dismissal is a conspiracy, noting that his success in reinvigorating the economy and overall popularity had "sent alarm bells ringing" for those who do not want Pakistan to have a strong leader.

Maryam has led the campaign for her mother, who is in London for cancer treatment.

Kulsoom Nawaz won 61,254 votes in the election in Lahore, 14,188 more than her nearest rival, local media reported on September 18.

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Last year, Mr. Khan pounced on the leaking of the Panama Papers, which revealed that the Sharif family had bought expensive London apartments through offshore companies. The top court had disqualified Sharif and ordered the filing of corruption references against Sharif, his children Hussain, Hassan and Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar, and incumbent Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Workers at a PTI electoral camp office responded good-naturedly with cries of "Thieves!"

The election was also significant because of Muhammad Yaqub Sheikh, a United States designated terrorist.

Hafiz Saeed heads the Jammat-ud-Dawa (JuD) charity, having founded and formerly led the Lashkhar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group that carried out the 2008 attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people.

For the first time in the history of Pakistan, Biometric Voter Verification Machines were also being tested in the constituency. Analysts say MML is an attempt by Pakistan's powerful intelligence services to bring certain armed groups into the political mainstream to challenge the PML-N's dominance. "They are honest. I have donated to JuD and I can see their work".

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