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May 3, 2013

Adil Abdullah Rokhri --II


May 3, 2013

while there were four law-makers falling in the 71-80 age bracket, with Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa (born October 20, 1935) featuring as the oldest MPA in the 2008 Punjab Assembly.
Incumbent Punjab Governor Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mahmood’s younger son and late South Punjab politician Makhdoomzada Syed Hassan Mahmood’s grandson, Syed Mustafa Mehmood (born June 29, 1986), had won the February 25, 2012 bye-elections from NA-195 Rahim Yar Khan IV, when he was hardly 25 years and eight months old.
Young Mustafa Mahmood is again vying for NA-195 Rahim Yar Khan in the May 2013 polls, along with his elder brother Murtaza Mahmood (born April 19, 1985), who is contesting from NA-197 Rahim Yar Khan, where the political scene is dominated by several Makhdooms holding massive sway since generations.
Both brothers are the nominees of Pakistan People’s Party.During the February 2012 bye-election, Syed Mustafa Mahmood had won the day on a seat vacated by his uncle and the then PML-F leader Jehangir Tareen.
Mustafa had garnered support of 81,745 voters. His closest rival was Maulvi Muhammad Tariq Chohan, an independent candidate who had succeeded in getting only 17,946 votes. As many as 104,980 votes were cast at 206 polling stations, out of a total of 270,763 registered voters.
Former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Musa Gilani had also won the February 2008 bye-election from NA-148 Multan-1 at around 26. Three of former Premier Yousaf Raza Gilani’s four sons are triplets. These are Ali Qasim Gilani, Ali Musa Gilani and Ali Haider Gilani.
Ali Musa Gilani had obtained 93,106 votes in the February 2008 bye-polls from 219 polling stations in Multan to win the seat once possessed by a PPPP stalwart Shah Mahmood Qureshi and had comfortably trampled all over PML- N’s Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, who could 42,819 votes only.
Amongst the Pakistani Senators, Waqar Ahmed Khan (born July 20, 1963) of Pakistan People’s Party has often claimed to be

youngest –ever member of the Upper House of Parliament. He was elected to the Senate of Pakistan for the first time in 1994 at just over 30, courtesy the largest number of electoral votes he had secured from the provincial assembly of NWFP 19 years ago. Waqar Ahmed Khan is the son of Senator Gulzar Ahmed Khan, a former Federal Minister and special assistant for provincial coordination to ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Senator Waqar’s uncle Mukhtar Ahmed Khan (former District Nazim of Dera Ismail Khan) was also elected to the Upper House, while his mother Mrs. Razia Sultana has also served as a member of the National Assembly) of Pakistan. The family had actually created history when Senator Gulzar Ahmed Khan (father) and Senator Waqar Ahmed Khan (son) had become members of the Senate simultaneously. Both father and the son had returned to the Upper House of the Parliament as Senators from the North West Frontier Province again in 2003.
Senator Waqar’s younger brother Ammar Ahmed Khan was elected as a Senator from NWFP in March 2006.Though Deral Ismail Khan’s Faisal Karim Kundi (born May 24, 1975) was never amongst the youngest law-makers to be elected, he holds the distinction of being the youngest National Assembly Deputy Speaker at the age of 33 in 2008.
Just for information’s sake, some 58.26 per cent or 49,761,719 of the total 85,421,981 voters registered for the May 11, 2013 ballot exercise will be between 18 and 40 years, seemingly gearing up to exercise their right of franchise for the 16,692 contesting candidates for the National and Provincial Assemblies.
For the general seats of National Assembly, some 4,671 candidates are in the run this year, while for the provincial assemblies, 10,958 candidates will be contesting in just 12 days from now.
For the seats reserved for women, while 258 candidates are in the run for National Assembly, not fewer than 559 aspirants will contest for the provincial assemblies. For the seats reserved for non-Muslims, while 71 candidates are in the run for National Assembly, another 175 will contest for provincial assemblies.

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