ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced on Monday that he intended to contest upcoming elections from his stronghold of NA-59 and two provincial assembly seats – PP-10 and PP-14.
Chaudhry Nisar made the announcement during a meeting with a delegation of chairmen of 28 union councils from this constituency.
Currently, he is an MNA elected from NA-52 Rawalpindi-III from where he has been contesting elections since 2002, winning it three times consecutively.
After the delimitation process, the new constituency of NA-59 comprises almost 60 per cent of areas which earlier formed NA-52.
The new constituency of NA-59 comprises areas such as Chakri, Chontra, Saddar Baironi, Adiyala, Rawat and elsewhere.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has been winning National Assembly seats since 1985. He has served as an MNA from the Potohar region eight times in the lower house of parliament.
Khan successfully contested National Assembly seats in general elections of 1985, 1988, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2008, and 2013.
The delegates who met with Chaudhry Nisar appreciated Khan’s exemplary services which he rendered for the people of this constituency.
Appreciating his role in national politics, the delegates believed that his role for the Potohar region was a matter of pride.
Assuring of undying support, the delegates said that no matter what, the people would vote for him and cast votes to ensure a record lead.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan thanked them and said that he also intended to contest election from NA-63 which now covered Taxila and Wah. But, he said, he would decide after consulting with the party leadership.
Interestingly, PML-N has not yet sought applications for awarding tickets for contesting upcoming general election.
Recently Chaudhry Nisar had strongly reacted to a statement of Maryam Nawaz in which she had talked about awarding ticket to Chaudhry Nisar. She said that it was Nawaz Sharif’s prerogative to award party ticket to Chaudhry Nisar, adding that she had no authority over the matter.
“Who asked for a ticket?” Nisar had angrily quipped. “It seems that awarding me a [party] ticket is the biggest problem of the upcoming general elections,” he had said.