General elections: ASWJ chief files nomination papers for NA-89

Published: March 31, 2013
Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi. PHOTO: REUTERS

Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi. PHOTO: REUTERS


The chief of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ) Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianvi filed nomination papers on Saturday for two seats in the national and provincial assemblies from constituencies in Jhang.

Ludhianvi will be contesting from NA-89 and PA-78, both constituencies which are in the urban areas of Jhang city.

Up till now, no other candidate – apart from Ludhianvi – has filed nomination papers for this seat

In the 2008 general elections, Sheikh Waqas Akram, who contested NA-89 on the PML-Quaid’s ticket, emerged victorious after securing 51,733 votes, while Ludhianvi secured 44,894 votes as an independent candidate. PML-N’s Dr Abul Hassan Ansari secured 15,743 votes, while Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian’s Sheikh Waqas Ahmad Advocate secured a dismal 9,363 votes from NA-89. Sheikh Waqas Akram recently joined the PML-N, a move that annoyed Ludhianvi as he faces the prospect of once again contesting against his main electoral rival.

In the 1988 elections, the ASWJ, then known as the Sipah-Sahaba Pakistan lost this seat when Begum Abida Hussain defeated the SSP founder Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi.

The ASWJ chief reached the office of the returning officer and Additional Session Judge Mian Shahid Mehmood in a convoy comprising of 150 activists.

According to an intelligence report, activists, whose names have been placed in the 4th schedule of Anti Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997, because of their alleged involvement in incidents of terrorist and sectarian violence were also a part of Ludhianvi’s convoys.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • zaahir
    Mar 31, 2013 - 12:58PM

    this shows ASWJ,trust on democrasy,wise decession by ASWJ


  • Babablacksheep
    Mar 31, 2013 - 1:14PM

    Raw and Mossad agents in Pakistan should also be allowed to contest in Election at least they killed less numbers of people.


  • san
    Mar 31, 2013 - 1:20PM

    @aasif & @fact
    For blind people like you, even video is not sufficient evidence. Just read the history of Jhang and then ask yourself why their leaders are being killed.


  • Mar 31, 2013 - 1:29PM

    The former dictator, General Ziaul Haq created Sipah Sahaba renamed as ASWJ to initiate a sectarian war against a particular sect. Its leadership love to live by guns and prefer to die by guns. Their participation in electoral process is just a facade to conceal their real identity.


  • Masood Khan
    Mar 31, 2013 - 2:07PM

    Ludhianvi may be only candidate who will fulfill 62-63 requirements in true sense for promoting harmony among different religions and sects. Congratulations ECP.


  • Abbas
    Mar 31, 2013 - 2:44PM

    Now terrorist will also take part in election. It seems that our whole system has collapsed..bravo to Election Commission by accepting this terrorist application..bravo..


  • faheema
    Mar 31, 2013 - 2:53PM

    Sipah-Sahaba or Talibans are in electoral process with their remarkable three point agenda i.e. bullet, bomb and paradise. Those aspiring immediate arrival in paradise must vote Maulana Ladhanvi. Even those how differ, still Maulana has package for them as those innocent who are killed in the realization of AWSP agenda, they will share paradise with voters of AWSP. Great three point agenda ensuring peace, justice and prosperity of country.


  • khalid
    Mar 31, 2013 - 2:59PM

    Yes we need them to lead us back into dark ages, what hope we have when individuals like him are capable and will elections, the future looks bleak…..


  • karachi 5
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:04PM

    Why everyone is criticising if he is contesting elections? Elections is the way to come in mainstream and if pepole of his constituency are electing him, who are you to stop tehm?


  • Usman786
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:06PM

    if baloch leaders can come for election as innocent then whynot him. its better v can check him in parliament


  • DevilHunterX
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:07PM

    Netanyahu, Modi, Bush and Blair should be allowed to contest elections as well. Since after all we are allowing terrorists and murderers to contest elections.


  • Holycow
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:07PM

    Which begs the question why weren’t they promptly arrested?Recommend

  • aasif
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:14PM

    @ san

    then it is the work of law enforcement agencies to punish for crimes,who r u justify their killings???


  • Ahsan
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:16PM

    I urge Taliban and other terrorist organizations to file nomination papers as well. Its democracy people! Lets do terrorism in a democractic way! After all you are the only people fulfilling article 62 and 63!Recommend

  • nadeem
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:20PM

    it s the peoples of constituency who r going to decide for their leaders,if thy vote ASWJ then this show their trust on them,who r u peoples to decide which should contest elections and which on should not?


  • Refli
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:21PM

    So our choices is mr guns or mr fake degree. That is shocking. I would be disgusted by our ecp if either of these people are allowed to contest the election from any seat.


  • awk
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:22PM


  • Baji Jee
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:52PM

    Why on earth these terrorists are allowed to take part in the elections???


  • AAA
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:58PM

    Aaaa…now i know the reason behind Sh Waqas`s move to join PML N….he wanted to secure his seat other wise the law and order situation in jhang would have been dependent on these Saudi agents…well technically Nawaz is no angle but never the less good practical move by waqas


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Mar 31, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Accepting the papers it seems ECP is also afraid from guns and goons.


  • freedom seeker
    Mar 31, 2013 - 4:42PM

    If TTP and other terrorist leaders want to contest election it wouldn’t be a surprise. I am sure they will be allowed and will find sympathizers too. Recommend

  • salim
    Mar 31, 2013 - 5:43PM

    They’re protected by Sharif’s!Recommend

  • Salman
    Mar 31, 2013 - 6:35PM

    MQM is already doing that so……………….


  • ignorantways
    Mar 31, 2013 - 8:04PM

    Molana Azam Tariq had won even from jail . . . .

    so this time Allama Ludheyanvi will win . . . .

    he is not dual national , he is not from ruling elite of any type . . .
    he is not corrupt just like imran khan is not corrupt . . .

    yea the point of hate is ASWJ and the killings and the hate they spreaded . . .

    no comment :)


  • Haq Kay Saath
    Mar 31, 2013 - 10:10PM

    Well, it needs to be seen that how the ECP handles his application and what will be the outcome.
    Ofcourse these people has support from BIG Bossses. … their strings originate from outside the country… its an Open Secret !!!!!


  • Reality
    Apr 1, 2013 - 12:31AM

    These comments are showing, “who are the real terrorists?”


  • ss
    Apr 1, 2013 - 2:17PM

    i don’t understand why most of us pakistanis confuse Democracy with Majoritarianism :-/


  • Umar Shah
    Apr 1, 2013 - 8:03PM

    Ok If you dont vote Hazrat ludhianvi you might be considered as enemy of Sahaba rz and you deserve no punishment less than death. Vote ameer or die as consequence Congrats Pakistan you are going into right Direction. Where Jannah is trigger away for muslimeen of Pakistan.


  • shah
    Apr 20, 2013 - 9:29PM

    u known the exact agenda of ssp


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