Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said the Punjab government’s petition in the LHC seeking delay in by-elections is an “acknowledgement of defeat before the polls”. Rashid – a candidate for NA-55 (Rawalpindi) – said the petition was a violation of the constitution. He claimed that the situation in his constituency was normal. He said he would challenge the Punjab government’s decision in the LHC. He also called on the chief justice to take suo motu notice if the Punjab govt’s petition was accepted