Voting for by-elections is underway for two seats of the National Assembly and as many of the Punjab Assembly in three cities of Punjab and will continue till 5pm, Geo News reported Saturday.

Opponents blaming each other for foul play at several places whereas situation became tense due to the presence of FC personnel at different polling stations in Vehari. Law Minister Punjab has announced to file a case against federal interior minister.

The polling is underway at two National Assembly seats NA- 167 (Burewala) and NA-178 (Muzaffargarh) and two Punjab Assembly seats PP- 259 (Muzaffargarh) and PP-63 (Faisalabad).

Strict security measures have been taken for the elections. Voting has been halted at a polling station in NA-178 (Muzaffargarh) due to firing and clash between supporters of PPP Jamsheed Dasti and Pakistan Democratic Party candidate Nawabzada Iftikhar Ahmad Khan. Nawabzada Iftikhar blamed that rumpus has been occurred after arrival of Jamsheed Dasti and his supporters who tortured his polling agents.

District Coordination Officer Mahmood Aslam Wazir said that Rangers have been deployed at NA-178 and PP- 259 to avoid any untoward incident. Police have arrested six FC officials in Vehari whereas 20 FC officials are present at different polling stations. The arrested FC officials said DIG Inayatullah Farooqi deputed them.

Meanwhile, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said deployment of FC in by-elections of NA-167 is unconstitutional and vowed that a case will be registered against Rehman Malik because FC has been deployed on the directives of interior minister.

Provincial law minister has demanded Prime Minister to take immediate notice of the situation.

According to DIG FC Inayatullah Farooqi, FC personnel were deputed to guard federal ministers.