The candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has won the by-election in NA-153 Jalalpur Peerwala, according to unofficial results of 276 polling stations compiled by late Thursday night.
Rana Qasim Noon of PML-N won by a huge margin, securing 112,000 votes against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Ghulam Abbas Khakhi’s 37,212 votes and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate Malik Akram Kanhu’s 30,124 votes.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in a statement issued late on Thursday, congratulated Noon on his victory and said the win demonstrated that the people of South Punjab appreciate the PML-N government’s policies.
“The people of South Punjab have given their verdict in favour of our candidate. This election result speaks volumes about our performance and its due recognition by the people of Multan,” he said.
The premier added that voters were the best judges to gauge good work done by any government and today’s massive win by the PML-N candidate reflected the popularity of government’s pro-people policies.
“Government policies, backed up by all-out efforts of the entire government team, are focused at resolving the issues faced by the common man,” he said.
“Our policies have removed the deprivations of the marginalised parts of the country as we believe that Pakistan can move ahead only if each and every part of the country is included in the reform agenda.”