MULTAN    -    Electoral activities have again resumed after the announcement of new date of polling in NA-157.

Elections were postponed earlier in the constituency following massive floods. The new date for by-polls is October 9. This seat was vacated by PTI’s MPA Zain Hussain Qureshi.

Mehr Banu Qureshi, daughter of former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was fielded by PTI. Ali Musa Gilani, son of Yusuf Raza Gilani, the former premier and stalwart of Pakistan People’s Party, appeared as opponent candidate in the constituency.

Both the candidates resumed series of corner meetings together with door-to-door canvassing in full swing. Returning Officer M Saleem said that they had completed all preparations for the by-elections. He assured holding of peaceful and transparent elections on October 9.

‘IK SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL UPHEAVALS IN COUNTRY’

PML-N’s local president Bilal Butt has said that Imran Khan will be solely responsible of present upheavals inflicting heavy losses to the country. Addressing a press conference, he assured that things would be improved and streamlined in three to four months next through efforts of Prime Minister M Shehbaz Sharif.  

He blamed the PTI’s supremo of not giving away even single ration bag among the flood affected people. It is because of the reason that Imran’ own expenditures were being run either by Jahangir Tareen and Aleem Khan, PTI’s main defectors. Butt was flanked by PML-N’s General Secretary Sheikh Athar Mumtaz, senior vice president Shahid Mulhtar Lodhi and others office bearers. 

The PML-N leader said election would be held in August next year, adding it could not be conducted before time as per given clause of the constitution. To a question, he said PML-N’s leader Nawaz Sharif would arrive in Pakistan within one and a half month depending on improvement of his health.