JHANG: Independent candidate Maulana Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi won the by-election of Jhang, beating his favourite PML-N rival.
Acording to unofficial results obtained from all polling stations, Jhangvi, who was backed by Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), has bagged 48,562 votes.
Surprisingly, PML-N candidate Azad Nasir Ansari, who was being tipped to win the provincial assemblyâ€™s seat, stood second with 35,468 votes.
The Punjab Assemblyâ€™s constituency had fallen vacant after the Supreme Court disqualified Rashida Yaqoob of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) for concealing assets while upholding a decision of an election tribunal in October.
She was elected to the assembly in the 2013 general elections and runner-up candidate Mr Ludhianvi had challenged her election.
Then the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced that it would hold by-poll in the constituency on Dec 1 for which Mr Ludhianvi as well as Ms Yaqoob also filed their nomination papers. However, this time Ms Yaqoob was an independent candidate. â€“ SAMAA
Story first published: 1st December 2016