Pakistan

ATTOCK (Web Desk) – The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) candidate Jahangir Khanzada on Tuesday retained the seat of his late father, Shuja Khanzada, in a by-poll in PP-16.


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The went vacant after former home minister Shuja Khanzada was killed in a suicide blast at his political office in Attock.

Jahangir Khandzada bagged 44,286 votes in total 137 polling stations while his opponent got 4,371 votes, according to unofficial results.

The polling began at 8am and continued until 5pm without any pause.

Only two candidates are contesting for by-poll in the PP-16 constituency, which was held under the supervision of army and Rangers.

Jahangir Khanzada, the son of Colonel (retd) Shuja Khanzada, is contesting on a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ticket against Mohammad Naeem, an independent candidate.

No political party fielded its candidate to contest the by-polls against Jahangir Khanzada.

Elaborate security arrangements had been made in wake of the by-poll in Attock district, with some 900 Pakistan Army and Rangers personnel, and about 1500 police personnel deployed inside and outside polling stations.

The Election Commission of Pakistan earlier last week ordered the deployment of army and Rangers both inside and outside polling stations during the by-elections in NA-122 (Lahore), NA-144 (Okara), NA-154 (Lodhran), PP-147 (Lahore) and PP-16 (Attock) constituencies.

According to a spokesman for the commission, the decision was taken because of the volatile law and order situation in the country and on the demand of the Provincial Election Commissioner, Punjab.