Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Pir Qutab Ali Shah alias Ali Baba has clinched the bye-election of Provincial Assembly constituency PP-89 with a margin of more than 20,889 votes by defeating independent candidate Sonia Ali Raza, daughter of Pir Ali Raza Shah.
The seat was vacated owing to the death of PML-N Member of Punjab Assembly Syed Ali Raza Shah.
According to unofficial results, Pir Qutab Ali Shah got 56,828 votes while the runner up Sonia Ali Raza got 35,739 votes.
Pir Qutab Ali Shah is a spiritual personality of Pir Mahal and caretaker of Sindhllianwali shrine. Baba is maternal nephew of former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, son of former MPA Pir Syed Abrar Hussain and grandson of late senator Pir Syed Israr Hussain Shah.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had nominated Rana Muhammad Shafiq Khan for contesting by-elections in PP-89 but he had withdrawn his candidature four days before the election in favour of the PML-N candidate, claiming that the local PTI organisation was not supporting him.
Ali Baba was also elected unopposed as chairman in the Local Bodies (LB) Elections 2015 and was an aspirant for the top slot at the Toba Tek Singh District Council.