Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that the rule of the Sharifs will be over after September 17, hours after Maryam Nawaz said the election in NA-120 Lahore was a war against anti-democratic forces.
“September 17 [day of the election] will mark the end for Sharifs,” Imran told supporters on Thursday evening.
AP report today that Kulsoom Nawaz, Sharif’s wife, is expected to easily win Sunday’s vote and Sheikh Yaqub — “A Pakistani man with links to a U.S.-designated terrorist group” has little chance of success.
Kulsoom was diagnosed with lymphoma last month, and is under treatment in London. Her daughter Maryam is running the campaign. Veteran politican Javed Hashmi has claimed the former first lady would sweep the election.
According to AP, Sheikh Yaqub on Thursday was seen addressing an election rally ahead of this weekend’s election in Lahore.
Yaqub’s supporters have displayed posters, showing him with Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, it said.
Saeed has a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head for his alleged involvement in the killing of more than 160 people in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack.
The NA-120 seat in Lahore fell vacant after the disqualification of Nawaz as prime minister for concealing assets in his nomination papers. The by-poll is scheduled for September 17, and the main contest is between Kulsoom Nawaz and PTI’s Dr. Yasmin Rashid.
Meanwhile, Tahir ul Qadri’s PAT has announced support for Imran Khan’s PTI in the by-poll.