The local chapter of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat on Sunday announced that it would support the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s candidate in the PP-92 by-election on Tuesday (today).
The announcement was made by the party’s district president Maulana Arshad Hameedi at a madrassa. Hameedi said his party would support PML-N’s candidate Haji Nawaz Chohan. He said the party had chosen to support Chohan because of the development projects he had initiated in the area and for promoting “politics of honesty”. Other Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat leaders present on the occasion included the AWSJ district vice-president Chaudhry Babar Hussain Gujjar and city president Maulana Mohammad Hanif Kashmiri.
In Sialkot’s constituency PP-129, said the election commission, 26 polling stations of 129 have been declared sensitive.
They are: Saikhwan, Sallokay, Kassuwala, Malomaha, Mandeki Goraya, Peeru Chak, Sayoki, Rajokay, Dholan, Kamal Pur, Adam Daraz, Habu Garha, Aadha, Boiki, Kot Bakran, Aaloo Mahar, Jamkay Cheema, Baddookay Cheema, Seejokay, Ladharh, Motra, Mind, Kot Chaddu, Dhadho Basra, Kotli Nanga and Chateel Pur.
Returning Officer (RO) Rana Mohammad Aslam Khan told reporters that Rangers would be deployed at the polling stations declared sensitive. The Rangers would also oversee the transport of the ballots from the polling stations to the district returning officer.
Competition is expected among PML-N’s Mohsin Ashraf, PML-Q and PPP’s joint candidate Nasar Iqbal Baryar and independent candidate Shahid Mehmood Butt. Khan said citizens could register complaints at 052-9250010.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 4th, 2012.