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Maryam Nawaz to contest polls as independent




Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz was allotted ‘pencil’ as her election symbol for NA-125 after she failed to withdraw her nomination papers for the constituency. Following this, she is now contesting from NA-127 and PP-173 constituencies with the party’s ‘lion’ symbol.

Take a quick look: Maryam Nawaz to contest polls for NA-127 instead of NA-125

Maryam Nawaz tweeted, “There’s a confusion here. I think my papers not withdrawn on time. I am not contesting from 125. Submitting a formal request for withdrawal” after news of her contesting from NA-125 was aired by private news channels.

Maryam’s representative Tanvir Butt told the reporters that she couldn’t withdraw her nomination papers on time for NA-125 on time as it required her signatures on the papers and verification from the embassy, but as she’s in London taking care of her sick mother, she was unable to do all that.

Butt clarified that Maryam would retire from the election in NA-125 so that her name and election symbol are not published on the ballot papers on the day of the election.

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Maryam had changed her decision to contest from NA-125 at the eleventh hour primarily because it was not considered a ‘safe bet’ for her in the current situation.

After her refusal, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif has awarded NA-125 ticket to Waheed Alam Khan, moving him from his original constituency – NA-133.


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