PML-N wins Khushab by-polls by almost 10,000 vote margin

Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Malik Moazzam Sher Kallu secured victory in the Punjab Assembly’s PP-84 (Khushab) by-elections, according to unofficial results released by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday.

According to the results, the PML-N candidate secured 73,081 votes whereas Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) candidate Ali Hussain came in second with 62,903 votes followed by independent candidate Amjad Raza with 8,340 votes.

The recently ‘proscribed’ Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP) candidate Hafiz Muhammad Asghar Ali came in the fourth position securing 5,782 votes.

The unofficial results further showed that the voter turnout was 52.99 per cent whereas the correct number of votes cast was 152,297. About 2,792 votes were rejected.

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PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif also congratulated the people and Kallu on his victory in PP-84.

He said that the people [of the constituency] have rejected the flour and sugar thieves.

“This is also an acknowledgement by the people of the service rendered by the PML-N during its tenure. And this vote is the vote for the development of Pakistan under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif!” Shehbaz said on Twitter.

He further said that if Allah gives him a chance, he would serve Pakistan with more passion and vigour than before.

اللہ تعالیٰ نے موقع دیا تو پہلے سے بھی زیادہ جذبے اوررفتار سے پاکستان کی خدمت کریں گے۔
کامیاب انتخابی مہم چلانے پر تمام پارٹی رہنماؤں اور کارکنوں کو بھی شاباش
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) May 5, 2021

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz also congratulated Kallu on his victory in the by-elections.

“People in every city have declared Nawaz Sharif's victory,” she said in a tweet. “Supporting Nawaz Sharif's stance from every province is a victory of the people's right to rule.”

ہر شہر میں عوام نے نوازشریف کی فتح کا اعلان کر دیا ہے۔ ہر صوبے سے نوازشریف کے بیانیہ کی تائید عوام کے حق حکمرانی کی فتح ہے
نوازشریف کو مائنس کرنے والو! دیکھو اللّہ کے کام! صرف نوازشریف رہ گیا ہے باقی سب مائنس ہوچکے ہیں۔
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) May 5, 2021

The seat fell vacant due to the death of PML-N lawmaker Mohammad Waris Kallo, who had won the elections in 2018 with 66,775 votes.

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