MULTAN - The district administration has imposed Section 144 on and around 200 meter radius of all polling stations of constituencies NA-148 and 149 for February 25, the polling day set for by-elections. Administrator city district government Mudassar Riaz Malik issued the notification for enforcement of Section 144 here on Wednesday. The notification says that there will be a ban on carrying or brandishing arms on the polling day and no one will be permitted entry to the polling stations without body search.

The by-polls are taking place in two national assembly constituencies of Multan, NA-148 and 149, as both the seats got vacated because of resignations tendered by Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Makhdoom Javed Hashmi respectively from national assembly.

Once considered arch rivals, both of the political stalwarts have united at the platform of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf after quitting their parties. The NA-148 seat was won by PPP in 2008 elections and now prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Moosa is contesting election on PPP ticket while the PML-N has nominated Abdul Ghaffar Dogar as its candidate.

Similarly, the NA-149 seat was won by PML-N candidate Makhdoom Javed Hashmi in last election. Now the party ticket is given to former mayor Sheikh Tariq Rasheed while he will face Malik Liaqat Dogar of PPP. Mr Dogar has been MNA from the same constituency in the past.

Meanwhile, the city district administration has issued another notification, declaring that only computerized national identity cards will be accepted at the polling stations. The notification said that the decision to accept only computerized identity cards was made by the Election Commission of Pakistan and no one would be allowed to cast his or her vote on old card.