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Wife of ousted Pakistani PM to seek his parliamentary seat

Reuters

Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif

Reuters LAHORE/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) — The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will contest a special election for the parliamentary seat he was forced to vacate after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office, party officials said.

Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif will be the candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party in the by-election to be held in about 45 days, Sharif adviser Asif Kirmani told reporters in the eastern city of Lahore.

The announcement comes as Nawaz Sharif leads a “homecoming” caravan to Lahore that has drawn thousands of supporters. Sharif on Thursday described his removal last month by the top court over unreported income as “an insult to the mandate of 200 million voters.”

The verdict marked a political victory for opposition leader Imran Khan, a former cricket star who led a campaign demanding Sharif’s wealth be investigated. Khan himself is facing a court case alleging undeclared assets.

The decision to put forward Sharif’s wife is in keeping with Pakistan’s tradition of dynastic politics and also indicates the former premier will likely remain involved behind the scenes.Speech

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