Winds of change: PTI workers upbeat on Islamabad electoral fortunes

Published: April 27, 2013
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PML-N and JI are expected to eat into each other’s vote banks. PHOTO: FILE

PML-N and JI are expected to eat into each other’s vote banks. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are increasingly confident about their electoral fortunes in the federal capital where the party is vying for two National Assembly seats. One of the party’s stalwarts Makhdoom Javed Hashmi is contesting from NA-48 while Chaudhry Ilyas Mehrban, a youth leader, is competing from NA-49.

PTI leaders and workers say they can already feel the wind of change sweeping the country. Their confidence stems largely from the success of their party’s election rallies, particularly in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

“Previously, we thought that we could secure around 20 seats from across the country, but now these seats could jump to 120 as we feel that the scenario is changing in our favour,” said PTI youth leader Ahmad Khattak. Imran Khan, according to Khattak, openly held rallies in different parts of the country, particularly in K-P, where some parties could not campaign and people were joining PTI everywhere.

Khattak expects Javed Hashmi to win the Islamabad seat due to his personal popularity as he won from Rawalpindi in 2008 despite the fact that he was an outsider.

Other party supporters are counting on its youth leadership. Some of them have even cited the example of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s weak position in the early phase of the 2008 elections, when the party had given its Islamabad tickets to two untested youth candidates. Even the contesting PML-N candidate Tariq Fazal Chaudhry publicly stated that the actual competition would be between the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) candidates and that the PML-N was contesting the elections just to record its presence. However, the PML-N’s youth candidates surprised everyone by winning at the eleventh hour.

The competition in NA-48

In the NA-48 constituency there is a four-way race between Jamaat-e-Islami (JI)’s candidate Mian Aslam, PPP’s Faisal Sakhi Butt, PTI’s Javed Hashmi and PML-N’s Anjum Aqeel Khan.

The JI and PML-N candidates are considered the top contenders for the seat. PTI still insists that veteran politician Javed Hashmi has the edge over them, because of his personal political clout along with the party’s popularity.

At the same time, the JI and PML-N candidates are expected to cut each other’s votes.

The battle for NA-49

On the other hand, the favourites from NA-49 are PML-N’s former lawmaker Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and PPP’s Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar. However, analysts say that the PML-N and JI candidates will cut each other’s votes in this constituency as well and that can benefit either PPP or PTI. People in the street say there has been an unpredictable election turnout in the two seats of Islamabad and Imran Khan’s slogan of change could change the entire scenario at the last moment.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 27th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • faraz
    Apr 27, 2013 - 9:54AM

    No chance for PTI. In NA-48 its between JI and PMLN; most probably JI would. In NA-49, its between PPP and PMLN; here PPP is stronger

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  • balla
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:03AM

    Islamabad is a parha likha area with most people connected via twitter and facebook. and if you are on facebook and dont see your wall flooded with Imran Khan then you are not connected

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  • yacob naim
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:09AM

    Also hardcore extremists and religious people will vote for PTI. Also lets not forget the alliance between TTP and PTI. They will make sure PTI wins elections so that army will be moved out from FATA.

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  • Aswad
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:47AM

    PTI Blown away the competition in their election campaign, amazing response proves that how frustrated people are from the bhuttos and shatefis.. Clean Sweep Inshallah. Vote for Ptiy, vote for Pakistan.

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  • Madiha
    Apr 27, 2013 - 11:11AM

    In NA 49, candidate of APML Dr Amjad has also great changes to win.. you better not undermine him .. Majority is with general musharaf they will vote for Dr Amjad

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  • Faisal
    Apr 27, 2013 - 11:11AM

    And as if people of NA 48 don’t know who Anjum Aqeel Khan is and what is his reputation.

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  • Saqib
    Apr 27, 2013 - 11:18AM

    I see that PML-N candidates are in commanding position in both the constituencies NA48&49. PTI no where here.Recommend

  • Baba Ji
    Apr 27, 2013 - 12:28PM

    Islamabad is Imran Khan’s !!!

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  • Riz
    Apr 27, 2013 - 1:23PM

    Winds of change have started blowing. The moment PTI chief kicked off the campaign from Lahore rally, its rising steeply

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  • Abdullah
    Apr 27, 2013 - 1:54PM

    Mian Aslam from JI has an edge. He enjoys great respect in our constituency.

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  • allseeing
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:18PM

    @yacob naim… what kind of alliance are you talking about? Basically it’d take TTP to bomb the rallies of PTI to convince you that there is no silent understanding between the two groups? Khan, although a practising Muslim, does not even once claim the Shariah of TTP to be a workable solution. Just because a politician rejects drone attacks and understands the anger of the Pashtun brethren does not, in any way whatsoever, complicit him of having an alliance with insensitive butchers like TTP.

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  • Haider Naqeeb
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:32PM

    PML-N all the way Insha Allah.
    PML-N will defeat electoral alliance of PTI, PPP and MQM.

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  • Ayesha kamal
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:38PM

    @yacob naim: What alliance b/w PRI n TTP? Ttp is a terrorist group against the state, PLS get your facts right and don’t pass such ridiculous sweeping statements without evidence

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  • Saima Jamal
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:39PM

    Entire youth will vote for PML-N. Youth is wise enough that they will not help PPP by voting for PTI.

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  • pashtunyar
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:26PM

    Imran Khan, according to Khattak, openly held rallies in different parts of the country, particularly in K-P, where some parties could not campaign and people were joining PTI everywhere.* emphasized text

    Thats pre-poll riggging by the taliban!

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  • waheed
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:23PM

    pti will give upset to all others……………

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  • z k
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:26PM

    @Haider Naqeeb:
    What planet u live on, there is revolution happening in your life time and u choose to ignore it. Here is the thing about revolution they allow themselves to be ignored.

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  • Zahida Kamal
    Apr 27, 2013 - 7:32PM

    PML-N has more chances.
    PTI no way. PTI has made an underhand alliance with PPP.

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  • nadeem
    Apr 27, 2013 - 9:38PM

    both seats seems to be retained by PML N .

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  • nadeem
    Apr 27, 2013 - 9:39PM

    pml n will retain the both seatsRecommend

  • Usman Mazhar
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:51PM

    Insha Allah entire Hazara Belt will be won by PML-N.

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  • Mirza
    Apr 27, 2013 - 11:05PM

    @pashtunyar:
    I agree with you 100%. It is the open admission by the PTI leadership that they are the real beneficiary of the terrorism. The rightwing is winning on the backs of Taliban. The cat is out of the bag, would the people see the facts?
    Regards,
    M

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  • Apr 27, 2013 - 11:23PM

    @faraz:
    My analysis says this time Islamabad votors are choosing PTI rather JI………. move in poor areas ………… and get the feel…………… Change is emerging every where

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  • Salman
    Apr 27, 2013 - 11:46PM

    PTI will sweep islamabad

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  • Apr 28, 2013 - 11:01PM

    The real competition iN NA 48 is between PTI and JI. The environment is very Hot here and People want change in NA 48 as well as whole PAkistan. Turnout if increased will favour PTI and I see great turnout in coming elections. In NA 49, Khokhars are hated badly so we can expect PTI VS PMLN but I say PMLN is stronger in NA 49, but PTI doing hard work in area so 50 50.

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  • Anonymous
    May 4, 2013 - 11:45PM

    @Saima Jamal:
    PML N will give loans and taxis to youth.
    Is that what you want?
    PTI will give them jobs and will not make them beggars.

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  • Saqib
    May 5, 2013 - 9:03AM

    folks, interesting comments. respect for all. however dont agree with PTI supporters and endorse comments by Haider, Saima, Zahida, Nadeem. I will reply back on the night of May 11, IA.Recommend

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