PTI wins Senate by-election for two vacant seats from Punjab

LAHORE – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has won the by-election on two Senate seats from Punjab.

PTI’s Waleed Iqbal won the polls on the general seat while Seemi Aizdi seized reserved seat for women.

The two seats from Punjab had fallen vacant after Sadia Abbasi and Haroon Akhter Khan of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) were de-notified for holding dual-nationality.

The polling was started at the Punjab Assembly Building from 9 am to 4 pm without any break.

The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has fielded Waleed Iqbal, the grandson of Allama Iqbal for the general seat, against the PML-N’s Chaudhry Saud Majeed of Bahawalpur while PTI has fielded Seemi Aizdi, the sister of PTI’s stalwart Jehangir Tareen against former minister for health Saira Afzal Tarar is the candidate of PML-N for a reserved seat of woman.

As many as 369 Members Punjab Assembly (MPAs) cast their votes out of a total number of 371 while PTI and the allies have 194 votes as compared to 173 votes of the PML-N and PPP.

There were a total of four independent candidates.

Meanwhile, the by-election on one provincial seat PB-5 Dukki and one National Assembly seat NA-258 were also held on Thursday.

All 23 polling stations of NA-258 and 75 of PB-5 had been declared highly sensitive.