By: |Waqas Jawaid Arain|
Pakistan gears up to another general elections as only 10 days are remaining in the polls to elect new political party for five years to rule over country. A total of 342 seats up for grabs, out of which 272 are general seats while the remaining 70 are special seats reserved for women and ethnic minority candidates.
The aspirants are spending days and nights to highlight their objectives, priorities, past performance and future plans with a heavy schedule of political meetings and rallies to convince voters to cast the ballot in their favour.
Currently, intense activities and typical polls related campaigns are underway in these constituencies to win over peoples’ confidence since bigwigs cannot afford any electoral loss or defeat.
Tough competition and interesting outcome may surprise many in the 43 constituencies of the National Assembly as party heads, former chief ministers, federal ministers and leading political figures are in the tussle to gather public support for their victory in the upcoming general election.
As we are into the 21st century social media has emerged as a major tool to contact the people in this modern era with round-the-clock texting and posting about their activities and projection of their manifestos.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday declared July 25 a public holiday in the country to enable voters to exercise their right to vote conveniently in the General Election 2018.
The ECP has also extended the polling time from 8am to 6pm throughout the country. Sources said this is the first time the polling duration has been extended across the board in the country’s electoral history.
In the overall scenario, following are the leading political bigwigs contesting from different constituencies of Pakistan:
Battle of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
From NA-3 constituency, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Muhammd Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Saleeem Rehman, Pakistan People Party’ (PPP) Shahrayar Amirzeb, Awami National Party’s (ANP) Abdul Karim are contesting the election.
In NA-7 (Lower Dir), Ameer Jamat-e-Islami (JI) and MMA candidate Siraj-ul-Haq, PML-N’ Sobia Shahid, PTI’s Muhammad Bashir Khan and ANP’s Nazir Khan are challenging each other in the election.
In NA-8 constituency, Chairman PPP Bilwal Bhutoo Zardari, PTI’s Junaid Akbar, ANP’s Inam Ullah Khan, Muttahida Majlis-e-Ammal’s (MMA) Gul Naseeb Khan are in the run.
In NA-21 constituency, former chief minister KPK Amir Haider Azam Khan, PPPP’ Syed Abid Ali Shah and former PTI minister Muhammad Atif are contesting the election.
In NA-23, Qaumi Watan Party’s Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, PTI’s Anwar Taj, PML-N’s Begum Tahira Bukhari and ANP’s Gulzar Ahmed Khan are in the field.
In NA-24, ANP Chief Asfandar Waali Khan, PTI’s Fazal Muhammad Khan, and MMA’s Mmaulana Muhammd Gohar Shah are fighting for the National Assembly seat.
In NA-25, former chief minister Pervez Khattak, PML-N’s Siraj Muhammad Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Gulalali ) Ayesha Gulalal Wazir and PPP Khan Pervez contesting the election.
In NA-35, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, MMA Akram Durrani and PPPP Syeda Yasmin Safdar are contesting the election.
In NA-38, MMA president Fazal Ur Rehman, PPPP Faisal Karim Kundi , PML-N Akhtar Saeed and PTI Ali Amin Khan are trying their luck to become the member of the National Assembly.
In NA-39, MMA president Fazl Ur Rehman, PTI’s Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh and PPPP’s Nurang Khan are contesting the election.
Battle of Capital:
In NA-53, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and PTI chief Imran Khan will be face on face.
In NA-57, former prime minister Shahid Ahaqan Abbasi, PTI’s Sadaqat Khan and PPPP’s Mehreen Anwar Raja are challenging each other in the election.
Battle of Taxila and Wah:
In NA-63, Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan, PPPP Syed Ishrat Ali Zaida, PTI Ghulam Sarwar Khan are contesting the election.
The Stronghold of Chaudhary Brothers:
In NA-69, former chief minister, deputy prime minister Parvez Elahi, PML-N’s Ch Mubasher Hussain and PPPP’s Wazir un Nisa are contesting the election.
In NA-70, PML-N’s Jaffar Iqbal, former governor GB Qamar Zaman Kaira and PTI’s Syed Faiz Ul Hassan are contesting the election.
The Throne of Sialkot:
In NA-73, former foreign minister Khawaja Asif, PPPP’s Zarrar Mahmood Malik and PTI’s Muhammad Usman Dar are vying for the seat.
The Narowal Factor:
In NA-78 former Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and PTI’s Abrar Ul Haq are contesting the election.
Battle of Lahore:
In NA-131 former Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and PTI chief Imran Khan are contesting the election.
Battle of Interior Sindh:
In NA-196, former chairman Senate Muhammad Mian Soomro and PPPP’s Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani will be facing each other.
Battle of Larkana:
In NA-200, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and MMA’s Rashid Mehmood Soomro are contesting the election.
Khairpur; The city of Dates:
In NA-208, Syed Ghous Ali Shah and PPPP’s Nafeesa Shah are contesting the election.
Throne of Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah)
In NA-213, former president and co-chairman of PPP Asif Ali Zardari and Sardar Sher Muhammad Rind Baloch will contest the election.
In NA-220, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain, PPPP’s Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur and former chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim are contesting to become the member of the parliament.
Battle of Karachi:
In NA-240, Chairman of Mohajir Qaumi Movement Afaq Ahmed and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan Iqbal Mohammad Ali are contesting the election.
In NA-246, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, PML-N’s Saleem Zia and PTI Abdul Shakoor Shad will be in the run.
In NA-247, MQM-P’s Muhammad Farooq Sattar, PSZ’s Fauzia Kasuri and PTI’s Arif Alvi are contesting the election.
In NA-249, PML-N president Mian Shahbaz Sharif and PTI’s Muhammad Fesal Vawad will challenge each other to become member of National Assembly.
In NA-250, ANP’s Shahi Syed and PSP’s Syed Hafeezudeen will contest the election.
In NA-253, head of PSM Syed Mustafa Kamal and PPPP’s Chaudhary Muhammad Javed Ishaq are contesting the election.
In NA- 254, head of Mohajir Qumi Movement Pakistan Afaq Ahmed and MQM-P’s Shaikh Salahuddin will challenge each other for the seat of National Assembly.
In NA-255, MQM-P’s Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui will face PTI’s Mehmood Baqi Moulvi and PML-N Nasir Uddin Mehmood.
Battle of Balochistan:
In NA-267, Sardar Sanaullh Zehri, PPPP’s Ayatullah Durrani and MMA’s Syed Mehmood Shah are contesting the election.
In NA-269, PML-N’s Sardar Sana Ullah Zehri and Balochistan Awami Party’s Mohammad Khalid Bizenjo will contest the election.
In NA- 272, Balochistan Awami Party’s Jam Kamal Khan, MMA’s Allah Bakhsh and PTI’s Ali Ahmed will face each other for the NA seat.