Independent Candidate backed by TLP: 10, 181
LODHRAN - The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has won the by-polls for the constituency of NA-154 Lodhran, according to unofficial results from all 338 polling stations, dealing a major blow to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) before the general elections on Monday.
PML-N’s Iqbal Shah managed to secure 113,542 votes, while his competitor, PTI's Ali Tareen, contesting his first election on his father’s seat, could bag 85,933 votes.
PML-N won by a margin of 27,609 votes according to provisional results.
Malik Muhammad Azhar, the independent candidate who is backed by Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan, stands third with 10, 181 votes while PPP's candidate Mirza Muhammad Ali Baig has managed to secure only 3, 170 votes.
Soon after the PML-N candidate took a visible majority, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif congratulated his party on the victory.
Thank you Lodhran for your trust in the leadership of PMLN... It's your victory... And we will continue to serve you... Congratulations to all the PMLN workers and our victorious candidate Iqbal Shah sb.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) February 12, 2018
Maryam Nawaz, daughter of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, also thanked the people of Lodhran for PML-N victory.
شکریہ لودھراں ۔۔۔۔ خوش کر دیا !
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) February 12, 2018
The balloting for the key by-poll began at 9am and continued without any break till 5 in the evening.
The National Assembly seat fell vacant in the wake of the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen by the Supreme Court in December 2017.
The government had deployed 4,000 security personnel, including army personnel, in the constituency in view of avoiding any unforeseen development and to ensure free and fair conduct.
Jahangir Tareen, while speaking to the media after casting his vote, stated that there is no possibility of rigging in the by-election today with the presence of army personnel outside polling stations.
According to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), 328 polling stations have been set up in the constituency for 431,002 registered voters.
As many as 338 presiding officers and 1,043 presiding officers will perform duties on 1,043 polling booths.
In the 2015 by-polls, Jahangir Tareen had won the seat after defeating the PML-N’s Siddique Baloch with a margin of more than 35, 000 votes.
ECP Fines PTI, PML-N’s candidates
The district monitoring officer has imposed a fine of Rs40,000 and Rs30,000 on Ali Tareen and Iqbal Shah respectively for breaching the code of conduct by running election campaign after the deadline.
Both candidates have been issued notices on the violations.
The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on June 1, 2023 (Thursday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||382.5||386.3|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.39||36.74|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||172.79||174.79|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 230,500 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,620.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs181,150 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 211,290.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Karachi||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Islamabad||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Peshawar||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Quetta||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Sialkot||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Attock||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Gujranwala||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Jehlum||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Multan||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Gujrat||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Nawabshah||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Chakwal||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Hyderabad||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Nowshehra||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Sargodha||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Faisalabad||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
|Mirpur||PKR 230,500||PKR 2125|
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