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Kimi Raikkonen top as Sebastian Vettel hits wall

SINGAPORE (Agencies): Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen led Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes by just 0.011 seconds in second practice at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s title rival Sebastian Vettel was ninth after hitting the wall and damaging his car’s right rear corner. Vettel was one corner from the end of a lap that looked set to put him up with Raikkonen and Hamilton.

The German was able to get the car back to the pits but the extent of the damage ended his session. Vettel slid sideways into the wall on the exit of Turn 21, at the end of what would have been his fastest lap of the season, catching it with his right rear wheel.

It was a glancing blow and the wheel stayed attached to the car but he immediately felt damage and pulled straight into the pit entry.

As he parked in the Ferrari pit, hydraulic fluid was pouring from the back of the car. Vettel is 30 points behind Hamilton with seven races to go. Ferrari came into the weekend as favourites on a track where Mercedes have traditionally struggled.

Hamilton said on Thursday that he “hoped” Mercedes would be competitive but that “Ferrari should have the upper hand”.

Ferrari have ended the day quickest, but the Mercedes is much closer to it on pace than had been expected – both in qualifying trim and later in the session on race fuel loads.

Raikkonen and Hamilton were very evenly matched on their race simulation runs. Hamilton ended his run on the hyper-soft tyres on which teams are likely to start the race with a slightly quicker average lap time than the Finn.

But it was difficult to be absolutely sure of the relative pace of the cars because Hamilton punctuated his run with a number of slow laps that might have helped the longevity of his tyres.

Max Verstappen was third fastest for Red Bull ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. The Dutchman was 0.522secs off the pace but Red Bull appeared to be much closer on race pace, within 0.1secs of Hamilton. The second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas was off the pace – 0.669secs off the Briton’s pace.

Best of the rest was Renault’s Carlos Sainz, ahead of Haas’ Romain Grosjean and the McLaren of Fernando Alonso, an encouraging start for the Spanish double world champion on a track where he has always excelled.

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PCB setup World Cricket Academy in Peshawar

PESHAWAR (APP): Like other part of the country, the Pakistan Cricket Board Friday setup Women Cricket Academy in City under the newly introduced plan for up-boosting the overall women cricket activities.

Talking to APP, Cricket Coordinator Peshawar Raham Bibi disclosed that for running the affairs of the Women Cricket Academy the Pakistan Cricket Board has nominated Saltanat Khan as Head Coach and former skipper of Peshawar Region Women Cricket team Hajra Sarwar as Assistant Coach.

“It would be a mobile-type of academy wherein the coaches would target two schools and as many colleges for coaching purposes,” Raham Bibi disclosed. She said that initially two schools comprising Lady Griffith and University Town Girls Higher Secondary School and two colleges including Frontier College for Women Peshawar and Jinnah College for Women University of Peshawar have been selected where the coaches would visit these education institutions two-day a week.

She said that like other part of the country, Peshawar has named as the 5th Zone like Lahore, Karachi, Multan and Islamabad. Raham Bibi said that the coaches would impart training according to prescribe program introduced by Pakistan Cricket Board for the promotion of women cricket. She said the program comprising basic skills of batting, bowling and fielding skills, net practice session and physical fitness would also part of the routine training and coaching.

She said that the Pakistan Cricket Board would also setup proper camp well before the selection of Under-17, Under-23 and Senior Cricket teams. She termed the Women Cricket Academy in City would further boost up the women cricketing affairs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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Steyn back in South Africa one-day squad after 2-year absence

CAPE TOWN (Agencies): Fast bowler Dale Steyn was on Friday named in a 16-man South African squad for three one-day internationals against Zimbabwe, starting on September 30.

Steyn, 35, has been plagued by injuries in recent years and has not played in a one-day international since October 2016. But he recently stated his determination to finish his white-ball career by playing in the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.

Steyn made a comeback to international cricket after shoulder and foot injuries when he played in two Tests in Sri Lanka in July but he only took two wickets at a cost of 89.50 runs each.

He has subsequently shown a return to form during a stint with English county Hampshire, taking 20 wickets in five first-class matches at an average of 19.10.

Christiaan Jonker, who made 49 in a promising debut in the third and final Twenty 20 international against India in February, is the only newcomer in the one-day squad.

Batsman David Miller and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock have been rested for the one-day series but will play in a three-match Twenty20 series.

Two uncapped batsmen, Gihahn Cloete and Rassie van der Dussen, were included in the Twenty20 squad.

Selection convener Linda Zondi said the squads were part of an ongoing process to assess talent ahead of the World Cup. “We still have one-day series after this one against Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as we get closer to finalising our likely World Cup squad,” he said.

Faf du Plessis was named as captain of both squads, subject to fitness assessments. He suffered a shoulder injury in Sri Lanka in August and said on his return to South Africa that he would miss the Zimbabwe series rather than return to action too soon.

Cricket South Africa said in a statement that if Du Plessis was not fully fit a replacement captain would be named nearer the time.

One-day squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen (wkt), Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Khaya Zondo.

Twenty20 squad: Du Plessis (captain), Gihahn Cloete, Junior Dala, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Robbie Frylinck, Imran Tahir, Jonker, Klaasen (wkt), David Miller, Ngidi, Dane Paterson, Phehlukwayo, Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.

Fixtures: September

30 First one-day international, Kimberley

October

3 Second one-day international, Bloemfontein

6 Third one-day international, Paarl

9 First Twenty20 international, East London

12 Second Twenty20 international, Potchefstroom

14 Third Twenty20 international, Benoni.

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CJP resents water companies for selling ‘free of cost’ water at higher rates

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LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday took suo motu notice of the exploitation of ground water by mineral water companies.

Hearing the Katas Raj case, the chief justice sought data regarding water usage by these companies from concerned departments.

Water is very precious for us. Mineral water companies are acquiring water free of cost after installing turbines and then selling it at exorbitant prices he remarked, adding that all possible measures will be taken to preserve water.

He directed the attorney general and all advocate generals to convey his directives to mineral water companies and submit the data by Friday night.

Secretary Local Government informed the court that the formula has been determined to charge the cement factories for usage of groundwater.

However, the chief justice remarked that they were not targeting any particular cement factory but will take action against all factories responsible for environment pollution.

“Now water will not be sold free, it is as precious as gold,” remarked the CJP. He directed Punjab Food Authority to seek report from all the companies much water they are using and how much they are paying for it.

“They are extracting water and selling it, someone should tell whether these companies are paying for it or not?” he said. The chief justice said that the case will be heard on Saturday in the Lahore registry.

Later, the chief justice visited the Katas Raj and inquired about the dried up pond at the site considered sacred for Hindus. He said that it is the right of minorities that their holy places should be protected.

The top judge inquired from the people about water and environment related issues caused by the cement factory. He also reviewed the scarcity of water caused due to cement factories in Fatah Jang.

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PM House is not Imran’s property: Nafisa Shah

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KARACHI: Leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Nafisa Shah has reacted strongly to the Pakistan Tehrek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s announcement that the PM House will be turned into a postgraduate educational institution.

“The PM House is not the personal property of Imran Khan. He should convert his own Banigala Mahal (mansion) into a university,” the PPP leader tweeted.

She asserted that the PM House is a state asset and belongs to the people of Pakistan and would be the residence of all future prime ministers as well.

“Three hundred canal property of Banigala is a very good location. Let’s start with Banigala Institute of Agroforestry there,” she said in another tweet.

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Blast in Sindh were carried out from Balochistan, CM Murad tells CM Jam Kamal

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah met Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan here on Friday at CM House and discussed matters of their mutual interest, including law and order, terrorism, NFC, water and others issues.

It was the first meeting between the two chief ministers after formation of new governments in both the province. In the meeting both the chief ministers agreed to implement jointly worked out strategy to eliminate terrorism from both the provinces.

Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that through an intelligence-based targeted operation Karachi has been made a peaceful city. But, some terrorists after crossing Sindh-Balochistan border had detonated blasts in Jacobabad, Shikarpur and they reached upto dargah of lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

He told the Jam Kamal Khan that during his last tenure he had worked with Balochistan government had established check posts along the border. A similar check posts were also established by Balochistan government. Therefore, the situation was controlled. Both the chief ministers decided to strengthen the coordination between IGPs of both province so that movement of outlaws could be checked at the border and settle other law and order issues emerging time to time.

They also discussed NFC award issues and decided to work together on this issue. In the meeting both the chief minister also discussed water issues. Sindh chief minister said that Karachi was second home of almost all the Baloch leaders, ministers and dignitries. “Therefore, all our Baloch leaders should support us to resolve all out issues pending in the CCI,” he said.

The chief minister presented ajrak and Sindhi topi to the visiting chief minister and said Karachi was the second home of Baloch brothers.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that water and public transport projects in progress in the city were given top priority so that they could be completed in the public interest.

This he said on Tuesday while presiding over a meeting to review on-going water supply and public transport projects in the city here at the CM House.

The chief minister said that over all water demand of the city based on 54 Gallon per capita per day (GPCD) comes to 918 MGD. There huge shortfall to meet the requirement. The MD water board Khalid Shaikh told the chief minister that due to minimal rains at Hub source water supply has reduced from 100 MGD to 12 MGD to the city.

The MD KWSB said that gross supply of water to Karachi is 493 and losses incurred during transmission have been gauged at 148 MGD, therefore net supply stands at 345 leaving a gap of 573 MGD against the demand of 918 MGD.

The meeting was told that SITE demands 80 MGD against which they are being supplied six MGD, FB Area industrial area demands 20 MGD and receive three MGD, Landhi Korangi demand 50 MGD and they receive 15, Super Highway SITE demands 50 MGD and get one MGD. In this way the water demand of industrial areas is 200 MGD and they are getting 25 MGD leaving a shortfall of 175 MGD.

The chief minister said that he was equally focusing the issues of domestic water supply and industrial requirement. This is why, he said he has decided to install a desalination plant. He added that he was providing free of cost tankers to the water-starved areas of the city through deputy commissioners.

Murad Ali Shah directed the MD water board to complete four important on-going water supply projects. They include 60 MGD recycling, 260 MGD K-IV, 65 MGD Bulk Schemes and 100 MGD pump house schemes. The MD water board said that they would be completed in December 2020 and 100 MGD pump House schemes of Rs1.43 million would become operational by March 2019.

PD BRT Green Line project Sauleh Farooqui briefing the chief minister said that from Surjani to Municipal Park 80 percent work has been completed. He added that the cost of the project was Rs17.85 billion.

The exclusive corridor upto Guru Mandir is 21 km and has been completed and Abdul Sattar Edhi interchange which is also one km has also been done. The construction work of 21 BRT stations is at final stage and would be completed by the end of December 2018.

Mr Farooqi told the chief minister that work of bus depot at Surjani for parking, washing, refueling and maintenance yard has been completed by 60 percent. Work on Operation Command and Control Building has been completed but its finishing work is at final stage.

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849 acres of Railways land leased out in Sindh

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ISLAMABAD: Around 849 acres of precious railway land was leased out to 428 individuals by the Ministry of Railways in Sindh during last five years but in some cases not even a single penny was received from the leaseholders.

According to reports, a total of 16.155 acres of land was leased out, which rose to 280.349 acres in 2014-15 when the previous government took over.

In 2015-16, the area of the land leased out by the Railways increased to 346.50 acres while in 2016-17, a total of 206.84 acres were licensed or leased out to different individuals for different purposes, the state-run wire service quoted a source as saying.

The source said the Pakistan Railways-owned land was leased out through competitive bidding for varying purposes including agriculture, premium shops, parking stands and others.

The land allotted for agriculture under the head of ‘cultivatable land’ was leased for three years and the ‘barren land’ was leased out for three years, which was extendable for another three years.

The land meant for shops were leased out for 10 years extendable for five years till September 2014. However, the policy was revised in October 2014 and lease period was restricted to seven years only. The land for parking stands was leased by the railways on a yearly basis for the already developed stands whereas the land for new parking sites had a fixed lease term of three years and extendable for two years.

A lease of 150 square yards of a car parking area was awarded in the jurisdiction of Karachi Cantonment to an individual for the period February 16, 2013 to February 15, 2015 against approved/accepted rate of Rs1, 262,000 but that too could not be collected, reported the APP.

In the same period, another party was leased out space of 7,262 square yards in Tando Adam for car parking lot far below the agreed amount of Rs150, 000. However, not a single rupee could be recovered from him as agreed.

On the contrary, another individual was leased out 2.80 acres of land for cultivation for three years starting from 2014 below the approved rate of Rs18, 500, though the agreed amount was recovered.

In Mirpurkhas, three acres of land was leased out for three years in 2014 for agriculture purposes against a meager amount of Rs10, 200 and fortunately the amount was recovered from him by the authority.

A lease for five acres of land was awarded for agriculture for a period of three years from 2015 to 2018 near Tanvarai Shah, Garhi Khairo, at the rate of Rs16,000 per acre but only Rs50,000 could be recovered.

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NAB team raids NICVD hospital in Karachi

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KARACHI: A team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials on Friday raided the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) in Karachi.

A team of five members from the bureau examined records of NICVD’s accounts, administration and OPD blocks.

The NAB team examined records at the hospital’s HR department, which were later taken into the custody by the anti-graft body.

Earlier this month, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar made surprise visits to three hospitals in Karachi, including NICVD.

At NICVD hospital, the top judge also examined the room of Omni Group Head Anwar Majeed, who is accused in a money laundering scam and undergoing medical treatment at the hospital.

Anwar Majeed’s son Abdul Ghani Majeed, co-accused in the money laundering through fake bank accounts case, is also being treated at the Jinnah Medial hospital.

On September 11, a banking court, hearing the money laundering case, had summoned the doctor of the hospital who issued medical certificates to the accused Anwar Majeed and Abdul Ghani Majeed.

Anwar Majeed and his son excused from the appearance, before the court, on the basis of medical certificates issued by Doctor Nosheen Iqbal.

During the hearing, the court issued notices to the doctor and the jail superintendent who failed to produce the accused father and son before the court.

The jail officials informed the court that they went to bring the accused from the hospital but the respective doctor issued medical certificates citing that both, Anwar Majeed and Abdul Ghani Majeed, are unwell.

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Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF visits port Alexandria (Egypt), conducts passage exercise with Egyptian Navy

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF visited Port Alexandria (Egypt) for goodwill cum training visit. PNS SAIF is the front line warship of Pakistan Navy Fleet’s 18th Destroyer Squadron and is the third ship of Sword Class Frigate.

The ship is fitted with state of the art robust weapons and sensors and is capable of undertaking all types of maritime operations in multi-threat environment. PNS SAIF is also embarked with organic Anti-Submarine Warfare helicopter Z9EC.

Upon arrival off Alexandria, the ship was escorted by Egyptian Navy Patrol Craft from open sea till berth. Upon arrival at the Port Alexandria, the ship was received by Defense Attache of Pakistan and Liaison Officer from Egyptian Navy.

During stay at Port, Commanding Officer PNS SAIF called on Flag Officer Commanding Alexandria Naval Base, Rear Admiral Ehab Mohammed Sobhi and other senior military officials.

Matters of mutual interests came under discussion. During the interaction, CO PNS SAIF conveyed well wishes of Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi to the people of Egypt in general and Egyptian Navy in particular.

He also extended his gratitude for the whole hearted support provided by Egyptian Navy and Alexandria Port authorities in making ship’s stay comfortable. The Commanding Officer also laid wreath at Martyrs’ Memorial of Alexandria,

During three days stay at port, PN officers and men visited Egyptian Navy ships ANWAR-EL-SADAT (1020) and TAHYA MISR (1001) whereas Egyptian Navy officers visited PNS SAIF. A friendly football match was also played between both navies.

A reception was held onboard PNS SAIF, which was attended by number of diplomats and military officials. The occasion was gainfully utilized to project positive image of Pakistan to highlight the contributions made by Pakistan Navy to maintain regional maritime peace and security.

On completion of port visit, PNS SAIF conducted Passage Exercise (PASSEX) off Alexandria with Egyptian Navy Ship ABU QIR (941). PASSEX was aimed to enhance interoperability and to share professional experiences.

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Begum Kulsoom Nawaz laid to rest at Jati Umra

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LAHORE: Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, wife former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, was laid to rest in Jati Umra next to the resting place of her father-in-law Mian Sharif and brother-in-law Abbas Sharif on Friday.

Her funeral prayers had been offered at Sharif Medical City, Raiwind near Lahore. Religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil lead the funeral prayers.

The PML-N head, his son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar along with thousands of party leaders and supporters attended the funeral. Delegations from other political parties including the PPP, the MQM-P and PSP had also attended the funeral.

The delegation of PTI include Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Deputy Speaker Qasim Souri, party leader Mian Mahmood-ur-Rashid and Mian Aslam Iqbal.

On the other hand, Punjan Chief Minister Usman Buzdar will condole the sad demise of Kulsoom Nawaz with Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif at his residence in Jati Umra.

A large number of people including party workers are visiting the residence of Nawaz to offer their condolences.

Earlier Friday morning, the body of the deceased former first lady had reached at Allama Iqbal International Airport from London s Heathrow airport via PIA s flight PK- 758.

Her body was escorted to her residence in Jati Umra for funeral prayers and burial.

Begum Kulsoom’s nephews including Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz Sharif, Salman Shehbaz, Yousaf Abbas and Aziz Abbas besides other close relatives received the coffin at the Hajj terminal.

A special immigration counter was set up at the Hajj Terminal of the airport in order to facilitate the early clearance of all those who arrived with her body.

Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif accompanied the coffin from London.

Family members and PML-N s party leaders from London including Zakariya Hussain, Asma Dar, Haleema Dar, Usman Dar, Asif Baig Mirza, Khadija Mirza, Saira Saleh, Ijaz Gull, Samia Tariq, Nargis Butt also reached here for funeral prayers.

On Thursday, the Namaz-e-Janaza (Funeral prayer) of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife had been offered in London’s Regent s Park mosque.

Family members and prominent political figures including Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, former Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif, former finance minister Ishaq Dar and former Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan had attended the last rituals of former first lady.

The funeral prayer offered by Imam of Regent Park mosque Imram Sheikh Khalifa Ezzat.

Earlier, the former prime minister, who is on parole till September 17 to attend the funeral, reviewed preparations for Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral at Sharif Medical City. The PML-N leaders briefed Nawaz on the arrangements.

Police had formulated the security plan according to which nine vehicles of elite force patrolled in various areas. Eight walk-through gates had also been installed at two points.

Moreover, hundreds of security personnel had been deployed at 19 places. They include three superintendents of police (SP), three deputy superintendents of police (DSP) and six station house officers (SHO).

Traffic wardens were also responsible for managing the parking situation.

“Police had adopted strict security measures. The movement of the workers is restricted. They are not allowed to meet Nawaz Sharif. The police is following the parole rules issued by the home department. Necessary security arrangements for the last rituals are also in process.” Rana Shahzad Akbar, DIG Operations Lahore said.

Nawaz Sharif’s sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz didn’t attend the funeral prayers of their mother as both have been declared absconders by an accountability court in the corruption cases.

The accountability court had declared former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s children Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz as absconders after both failed to appear in the court despite non-boilable arrest warrants issued against them.

Hassan and Hussain, who are facing corruption cases in Pakistan, are residing in London.

Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and his son-in-law husband Captain (r) Safdar – currently serving sentences for corruption – have been temporarily released on parole to attend the funeral. Jati Umra had been declared a sub-jail, with the trio confined to three rooms within the residence.

The Punjab government had extended the parole period of Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar to participate in the last rites of Sharif’s wife. The trio will now remain on parole until September 17, 4pm. A notification had also been issued in this regard.

Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (r) Safdar, currently serving jail terms in the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July.

Three-time prime minister and his daughter Maryam were convicted in July by an accountability court for not being able to prove the source of funds used to purchase a set of upmarket London apartments during Sharif s previous terms in power.

Sharif was also handed a $10.5m fine, while Maryam – who had become the face of the party since her father s overthrow as prime minister last year – was given a $2.6m fine. Maryam Nawaz s husband, Muhammad Safdar, was also sentenced to a year in prison on related charges.

The Sharifs deny all allegations of wrongdoing and submitted themselves for arrest ahead of the country s July general elections.

On Tuesday, Kulsoom died at the age of 68, after succumbing to a long battle with cancer at London’s Harley Street Clinic.

Kulsoom was born in 1950 in Lahore to a Kashmiri family. She attended Islamia College and graduated from Forman Christian College in Lahore. She also received a Master’s degree in Urdu from the University of the Punjab in 1970.

She married Nawaz Sharif in 1971, and served as the president of the PML-N from 1999 to 2002. Kulsoom had remained the first lady of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from 1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017.

After the disqualification of Sharif from Supreme Court last year, Kulsoom Nawaz was given party ticket to contest by-election from NA-120 while she was under treatment in London. Kulsoom was elected to Lahore’s NA-120 constituency in a by-poll against Dr Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) among other candidates. However; she was unable to return due to her illness.

Her election campaign was run by her daughter, Maryam Nawaz.

Kulsoom was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, barely a month after Nawaz was removed from office by the Supreme Court, which ordered him to face trial in an anti-corruption court. PML-N leaders and family members have been arriving at their residence to extend condolences.