Shehbaz Gill arrested by Punjab Police during by-elections.
Punjab by-elections: Polling ends, vote count underway .The counting of votes is underway after polling ended for the by-elections in 20 constituencies of Punjab.
The polling began at 8am and continued till 5pm but in several districts polling was stopped due to clashes.
It is pertinent to mention that the 20 seats fell vacant after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) “de-seated” 25 PTI dissident lawmakers on May 23 for voting against PML-N’s Hamza Shahbaz in the Punjab chief minister’s election. Which included five lawmakers elected on reserved seats for women and minorities.
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By-elections were held in 20 constituencies of Punjab Assembly including PP-7 Rawalpindi, PP-83 Khushab, PP-90 Bhakkar, PP-97 Faisalabad; PP-125, PP-127 Jhang, PP-140 Sheikhupura,PP-158, 167,168,170 Lahore;PP-167, Lahore, PP-202 Sahiwa,; PP-217 Multan, PP-224 Lodhran, PP-228 Lodhran, PP-237 Bahawalnagar, PP-272,273 Muzaffargarh,PP-282 Layyah and PP-288 Dera Ghazi Khan.
A total of 4.57 million registered voters, including 2.46 million women, were eligible to cast ballot in the by-polls. As many as 3140 polling stations, including 731 male, 700 female and 1700 combined polling stations had been established across the 20 constituencies.
A total of 9,562 polling booths had been set up for the by-polls. The ECP had declared 1204 polling stations sensitive and 696 highly sensitive.
Polling stations from Lahore and Multan had also been declared sensitive. Provincial Election Commissioner Saeed Gul had said that the Election Commission was completely neutral and there was no truth in the allegations, they were working according to the Constitution and the law.
Shehbaz Gill arrested by Punjab Police. Leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Shahbaz Gill has arrested by Punjab Police during by-election from a factory in PP-272 in Muzaffargarh on Sunday.
Punjab Home Minister Attaullah Tarrar while reacting to the arrest of Shahbaz Gill said that armed persons were present with the PTI leader and the arms are completely banned in Punjab.
He said Section 144 had been imposed on possession and display of arms. Commandant FC has stated that no FC official was accompanying Gill.
Tarar said that the question arises as to who the armed people were who were wearing FC uniform. The provincial minister said Gill has resorted to illegal activities to gain cheap fame and action will be taken against them as per law.