PTI’s Sanam Javaid to Contest Against PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz in Upcoming Elections

Sanam Javaid, an activist from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), who is currently in jail, is set to contest the upcoming general elections against Maryam Nawaz, the Senior Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The elections are scheduled to take place on February 8, 2024.

Sanam Javaid is among several PTI workers and leaders who were arrested in connection with the riots that occurred on May 9. These riots were triggered by the arrest of then PTI chairman Imran Khan, who was implicated in a graft case. Sanam was charged with multiple offenses, including an attack on the Corps Commander House in Lahore and the burning of police vehicles in the Cantonment area during the violent protests.

Sanam’s father confirmed that she would be submitting her nomination papers to contest from the PP-150 Lahore constituency. This constituency includes urban areas of Lahore City along with localities of Sanda and Kot Begum. He also mentioned that Sanam would be participating in the elections on PTI’s ticket.

In addition to contesting from the PP-150 constituency, Sanam will also submit nomination papers for the women’s reserved seat. The Constitution of Pakistan specifies a reserved quota for women in the National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies. This move is seen as an effort to encourage women’s participation in political affairs and ensure their representation in legislative houses.

On the other hand, Maryam Nawaz, a prominent leader of PML-N, has not yet announced the constituency from which she will be contesting in the elections. Maryam has previously filed nomination papers for four seats, three from Lahore and one from Gujranwala. However, the final decision on her candidacy is yet to be made.

The PML-N’s parliamentary board has been conducting meetings to interview candidates for the awarding of party tickets. The board is expected to conclude the shortlisting of candidates by December 19.

According to the election schedule, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will start receiving nomination papers from prospective candidates on December 20. This process will commence after the oathtaking of district returning officers (DROs) and returning officers (ROs) by the ECP as per the Elections Act 2017.

As the political landscape heats up in anticipation of the upcoming elections, all eyes are on these key players and their strategic moves. The contest between Sanam Javaid and Maryam Nawaz is expected to be a significant one, reflecting the larger political dynamics at play in Pakistan.

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