Major upsets mark second phase of Sindh, Punjab’s LG polls

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LAHORE: As with the first phase of Local Government (LG) elections, the second phase of LG polls in Sindh and Punjab were once again marked by major upsets as many potentially certain winners were seen facing defeat in various areas of the two provinces.
In Mandi Bahaudddin Union Council (UC) 67, former Federal Minister Nazar Gondal’s brother Zulfiqar Gondal faced defeat at the hands of Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Tanveer Javaid.
In Hafizabad’s UC 8, Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar’s father Afzal Tarar lost to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) candidate Mamoon Jaffar.
Similarly in Sargodha, Minister for State Pir Amin-ul-Hussnat’s brother also had to face an upset when results were announced.
An interesting competition was seen when a grandfather and grandson group contested the election in Gujranwala’s UC 67. Former Speaker Anwar Bhandur’s grandson Waleed Bhandur was beaten in the polls by one of their own supporting candidate.
In UC 84 of Sheikhupura, Member of National Assembly (MNA) Azhar Qayyum Nahera’s brother Mazhar Qayyum Nahera also suffered a defeat.
An upset was also seen in Sheikhupura’s UC 37 when MNA Javed Latif’s brother Amjad Latif managed to defeat Munawar Manjh’s son Ali Irfan.
Former PML-N leader MNA Zahid Iqbal who was disqualified for a fake degree was appointed as a UC Chairman.
Meanwhile in Sargodha Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) former Member of Parliament (MPA) Awais Aslam Madhiana was also appointed as UC Chairman.

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