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According to the unverified and unofficial results being shared by DawnNews, a close contest is being observed between PTI's candidate Dr Yasmin Rashid and PML-N's Kulsoom Nawaz - with no one claiming a considerable lead as yet. Election authorities will announce the final and official results later. Interestingly, jihadi organization Jamaatud Dawa, masquerading as Milli Muslim League, was allowed to contest as an independent candidate-to which the PMLN government had objected in a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan-and shockingly bagged the third position, beating the better-known Jamaat-e-Islami.

This position also lent weight to the PMLN accusation that thousands of its voters were turned away from the polling stations if their identity as PMLN supporters became known. "I am so so proud of you!", she tweeted following the victory.

The seat is being contested by Sharif's ailing wife Kulsoom, who is now recuperating in a London hospital, by Yasmeen Rashid of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, and about 40 other candidates.

Sharif, who was twice prime minister in the 1990s before being ousted in a coup in 1999, has had strained relations with the military.

Sharif was forced to step down in July following a Supreme Court ruling disqualifying him from public office over a corruption scandal that emerged from the Panama Papers.

Supporters of former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif's party celebrate victory in by-election in Lahore on September 17, 2017.

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Workers at a PTI electoral camp office responded good-naturedly with cries of "Thieves!"

Sheikh received 4,174 votes, or almost 4 percent of the total vote after being backed by a new Milli Muslim League party led by an Islamist firebrand who is the subject of a $10 million bounty offered by the United States.

The election was held peacefully and there were only minor incidents of a scuffle during the 9-hour polling on Sunday.

Saeed is subject to a United States bounty of $10m and has been named by both the USA and UN as a "terrorist".

Meanwhile, former president and Pakistan Peoples Party leader Asif Ali Zardari said: "We will fully take part in (the) 2018 election from Punjab". Analysts say MML is an attempt by Pakistan's powerful intelligence services to bring certain armed groups into the political mainstream to challenge the PML-N's dominance.

The ECP said a total of 350,000 ballot papers are being printed for the by-poll, where 324,786 voters are registered to cast their vote.

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