Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of Pakistan’s former prime minister, wins byelection in Lahore with a much reduced majority in wake of corruption scandal

Pakistan’s ruling party has clinched a win in an unusually close race in a normally unassailable stronghold – an indication of damage to the reputation of Nawaz Sharif, the ex-prime minister recently ousted on corruption charges.

The local byelection on Sunday in Lahore for a parliamentary seat vacated by Sharif when he was disqualified in July pitted Sharif’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, against 43 contenders, and saw a surge of radical Islamist candidates.

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