Electioneering is picking up momentum in Nowshera as the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPP-P), Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Tahrik-e-Insaf (PTI) have fielded senior politicians from Khattak tribe to win elections from the NA-5 Nowshera-I constituency.
The PPP-P has fielded a strong candidate and former MNA who won the last elections Engineer Tariq Khattak. The ANP has fielded new entrant and former District Nazim Nowshera, Daud Khattak who dissociated his long association with the PPP.
Central General Secretary PTI and former minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak believed to be the strong candidate on the NA-5, as he has not lost the elections on provincial assembly constituency PK-13 since 1988.
The Jamaat-e-Islami has awarded party ticket to Asif Luqman Qazi, son of Qazi Hussain Ahmed and expected to give tough time to his political rivals.
Intra-party bickering within the ranks of the PPP in the constituency, the political observers believed may damage PPP vote bank because Shehzad Ali Khan, son of Senator Sardar Ali Khan, a close aide of President Asif Ali Zardari has jumped in the electoral arena as independent candidate.
The PPP retained the 2008 winner Engineer Tariq Khattak for 2013 elections, irritating Senator Sardar Ali Khan, who ruled the PPP KP chapter as provincial President for about one year, to put up his son as independent candidate from the constituency.
History revealed that this constituency comprising PK-12 and PK-13 was won both by candidates whether belongs to secular or Islamic parties and no political party could claim to have strong and permanent hold over electorates.
Up-to 1997, this constituency was called NA-4 and was won by senior Politician, including former Interior Minister and PPP stalwart late Maj Gen. (Retd) Naseerullah Khan Babar, ANP’s former President Ajmal Khattak, former JI Chief late Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Maulana Abdul Haq.
Later due to delimitations, Nowshera was given NA-5 and NA-6 constituencies. In 1988 general elections, the constituency was won by Mian Muzzafar Shah on PPP ticket by securing 27902 votes against ANP’s Ahrar Khattak 27817 votes by a close margin of only 85 votes.
Met office forecasts rain
for upper KP
The local Meteorological Station here Monday forecast isolated rain with thunderstorm in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Hazara Division during next 24 hours.
According to Met office here, a strong westerly system is prevailing over Balochistan and Sindh provinces that are likely to grip upper parts of the country from tonight.
This may persist for 36 to 48 hours as result of which the weather of Abbottabad, DI Khan and Bannu will remain cloudy with chances of rain during the said period.
Widespread rain/thundershowers with scattered heavy falls in Makran and Kalat divisions are also expected in Balochistan in next 24 hours.
Scattered rain/thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds with isolated heavy falls in Sindh (including Karachi), South Punjab and at isolated rain/thundershowers is also expected in Upper Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
In next 48 hours, widespread rain/thundershower is expected in North Balochistan and scattered rain-thunderstorm in South Punjab while isolated rain/thunderstorm is expected in Upper Sindh, Upper Punjab, Islamabad, KP, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Scattered heavy fall is forecast in Makran and Kalat divisions and at isolated places of Sindh during next 48 hours. Weather remained dry in most parts of the country, however, isolated rain occurred at a few places of Quetta, Peshawar divisions and Kashmir in last 24 hours.
Jiwani has received maximum 45 mm rain followed by Pasni 24, Nokkundi 19, Parachinar 11, Lasbella 2, Jehlum and Quetta 1 mm.
Shaheed Benazirabad with 39 C temperature remained the hottest place of the country followed by Sukkur, Khanpur, R.Y.Khan and Bahawalpur 38 C while pollen count today remained 702 per cubic meter.