LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Khawaja Saad Rafique on Sunday warned if any foul play is done in crucial by-elections being held today his party would respond aggressively.
While talking to media in Lahore, former Railways minister said that PML-N s workers are ready to protect election from rigging and all efforts of government to manipulate the election will be thwarted.
He said contesting election in Pakistan is no mean feat as level-playing field is not provided to assembly aspirants.
He expressed dissatisfaction over the arrangements for polling in his constituency, saying details of polling booths set up in a polling station have not been displayed outside it, nor had election staff proper knowledge about the voting process.
Khawaja Saad Rafique is facing off PTI’s Humayun Akhtar Khan in NA-131, Lahore, vacated by Prime Minister Imran Khan after the July 25 polls.
The prime minister had won in all five National Assembly constituencies he contested the general elections from and decided to retain his native Mianwali seat, vacating the rest.
In Karachi’s 243, PTI’s Alamgir Khan will face MQM-P’s Aamir Chishti and PML-N’s Saad Rafique is facing PTI’s Humayun Akhtar in Lahore’s NA-131.
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is up against PTI’s Ghulam Mohiuddin in NA-124.
Another interesting contest is expected in Chakwal’s NA-65 where PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain is facing the TLP’s Muhammad Yaqoob. -NNI