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Polls put off as hopeful dies

July 31, 2005

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SAHIWAL, July 30: Election to the office of naib nazim of union council 75 Kassowal has been postponed due to the death of the candidate on Friday night. Chaudhry Afzal died of cardiac arrest and laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in Chak 17/14-L on Saturday night. The provincial Election Commission accordingly postponed the election.

DENIAL: Provincial Agriculture Minister Arshad Lodhi on Saturday denied that ulema in Harappa were arrested on his direction.

He was addressing a press conference here on Saturday. Mr Lodhi also denied that the opposition candidates for the local bodies election were arrested on his orders.

He said no minister was running the campaign of the PML candidates. He said advertisements to an Urdu-language daily would be restored soon as the government believed in the freedom of the press.

He said no candidate was nominated by the government for the office of district nazim. This would be decided in a party meeting, he added.

He said the government was determined to provide low-cost electricity to the growers and allocated Rs450 million for the purchase of special meters for tubewells which would be given free of cost through a committee.