Newly-elected FATA Senator Mirza Afridi joins PML-N

Details of the sickness have not been laid out by official information outlets

The win also gives incoming prime minister and former leader of the PML-N Nawaz Sharif a possible new avenue to re-enter politics, following his disqualification from office on charges of corruption a year ago. Sharif has been at odds with the country's judiciary since the high court forced him from power past year.

Mirza Muhammad Afridi, who was recently elected to Senate as an independent candidate from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) joined Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) bolstering the position of the party in the parliament.

Forced to run as independents by court order in the aftermath of Nawaz's ousting, expect the PML-N to rely heavily on Punjab to bring them the majority of their senate seats.

"PMLN now the single largest party in Senate as well, Masha'Allah", Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister's daughter tweeted, according to Reuters.

In a statement, Shahbaz Sharif congratulated the ruling party on clinching a victory in Sargodha by-polls, and said that the public believes in PML-N's leadership and its policies. The PML-N hasn't controlled the Senate in 18 years.

Last month a Pakistan court removed Sharif as head of PML-N, while a number of candidates linked to the former prime minister were also disqualified from running under the party's name.

Unlike the last Senate elections in 2015, lawmakers were not even allowed to take their cellphones into the assemblies during the vote. Sharif has been highly critical of the courts, accusing them of conspiring to damage his party and the country's civilian leaders.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is expected to formally announce the results by tomorrow.

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