DAGGAR: Though the next general election hasn’t been announced yet, various political parties in Buner district have already named their candidates. .
The parties that have named candidates include Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Awami National Party (ANP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP).
A tough contest is expected between the ANP and JI candidates, who would be in the run for the lone National Assembly constituency NA-28 Buner.
The ruling ANP could nominate Member Provincial Assembly, Said Rahim to contest the polls from NA-28. This would console him as he may not get the ticket to contest again for his provincial assembly seat, which could go to former Buner district nazim Abdur Rauf Khan.
Former parliamentarian Sher Akbar Khan hailing from Rega village in Buner would be the JI candidate for the seat. The JI used to field former MNA Fazle Raziq as its candidate for this seat but his death necessitated the need to find his replacement. Sher Akbar too had won the seat as the PPP-Sherpao candidate in the past, but he has now quit the party and joined the JI.
JUI-F has nominated Maulana Fazle Ghafoor for the constituency while Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, who is still in the PPP, would likely contest the election from NA-28 as an independent candidate if he doesn’t get the party ticket.
The ANP as a matter of policy would give the ticket to Provincial Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Sardar Hussain Babak to contest the election from the provincial assembly constituency PK-77, which he won in 2008. The JI has nominated former MPA Jamshed Khan, who had won the seat in 2002 polls as the PPP-Sherpao candidate, while QWP would be fielding Syed Mian Moamber Bacha for the seat.
The JI candidate Habibur Rehman Khan, the present ANP MNA Istiqbal Khan, PML-N’s Sardar Ali Khan, PTI’s Ameerul Mulk and QWP’s Bakhtiar Ali Khan would most likely contest the polls from the provincial assembly constituency PK-78.
The JI has nominated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s former Speaker Bakht Jehan Khan, the ANP would likely be fielding Abdur Rauf Khan, the PPP could nominate Israr Ahmad and PML-N has Shah Bakht Rawan in mind to vie for the provincial assembly seat PK-79. Independent candidate Afsar Khan could also compete for this seat.
Talking to The News, ANP’s nominee for PK-79 Abdur Rauf Khan expressed the confidence that he would win the seat as the ANP-led coalition government had undertaken record uplift work in every nook and corner of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said the provincial government accorded priority to education and had established several universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to provide the youth the opportunities to acquire higher education.
JI’s nominee for NA-28 Sher Akbar Khan asserted that the ANP had failed to honour the pledges made to the masses. He said insecurity and joblessness had made life miserable for the general public. “Those claiming to be the champions of the Pakhtuns’ rights have exposed the people of this province to untold woes,” he remarked.