AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
ISLAMABAD: The eldest son of Pakistan’s sacked prime minister has been elected to Parliament to replace his father, a month after he was dismissed by the Supreme Court for contempt.
Abdul Qadir Gilani won a by-election yesterday in the family constituency in the central town of Multan, after Yousuf Raza Gilani was dismissed for refusing to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
State TV said Gilani won 64,628 votes, comfortably beating his closest rival, Shaukat Bosan, an independent candidate who secured 60,532 votes. Opposition parties led by the Pakistan Muslim League-N of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf had backed Bosan.