Constituency profile: Buner has a soft corner for left-wing parties

Published: April 29, 2013
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BUNER: 

The district of Buner, situated in the Peshawar Valley, is inching towards a telling faceoff between the right and left wings on May 11. The only National Assembly constituency in the district, NA-28 has a soft spot for the left-wing with parties such as Pakistan Peoples Party (Sherpao) and the Awami National Party emerging victorious in earlier elections. Both parties boast a liberal, secular, and Pashtun nationalist mandate.

On the other hand, Jamaat-e-Islami has been the only conservative party to have a stronghold in this constituency since the 2002 elections.

Buner is famous for the shrine of saint Peer Baba, which is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year

In 2008, the constituency was won by independent candidate Abdul Mateen Khan who secured 21,801 votes. Barrister Gohar Ali Khan came second, securing 18,456 votes while Fanoos Gujjar of Pakistan Awami Party secured 13,396 votes.

The seat was left vacant when Advocate Abdul Mateen Khan died of cardiac arrest on October 29, 2008. After his death, the by-election for the seat was won by ANP’s Istiqbal Khan.

For 2013, Haji Sher Akbar of Jamaat-e-Islami, Haji Rauf of ANP, Mian Moinuddin Bacha of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Fanoos Gujjar of Awami Workers Party and Haleemur Rehman of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazl are the main contenders for NA-28. “There will be a very interesting and tough contest among candidates of ANP, QWP, JI, PTI and JUI-F, however ANP, QWP and JI are favorites in the forthcoming elections,” Saba Khan, a political analyst from Buner told The Express Tribune.

District Buner was part of the princely state Swat before 1969, and then a sub-division of district Swat. However, in 2000, Buner won the status of a district. It shares borders with Swat, Mardan, Swabi and Shangla districts. According to a 1998 census, its total population is 506,048.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2013.

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  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    Apr 29, 2013 - 2:50PM

    For your information, Abdul Matten was not independent candidate but was affiliated to ANP. Secondly, ANP, QWP and JI candidates will cut each others vote. PTI can benefit from this scenario as PTI has silent voters especially youth and they opt to vote for PTI. Bref, in my opinion at the moment, JI is leading the race.

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  • Apr 29, 2013 - 3:50PM

    and i don’t know why khan did not do seat adjustment with JI. It would be a clean sweep in NWFP and PUNJAB + 3-4 seats in karachi

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  • Apr 29, 2013 - 4:27PM

    The district of Buner, situated in the Peshawar Valley for God sake ET look at wikimapia at least once before reporting remote geographical areas.

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  • Tahir
    Apr 29, 2013 - 4:46PM

    What lefttist policies have the so called leftwing parties passed in the last 5 years? Why still call them leftist?

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  • Khadim Karrar
    Apr 29, 2013 - 6:40PM

    There is hardly any genuine left wing party in Pakistan. None of them really are working to bring real change, such as, an end to feudalism. Indeed, the PPP is the force that sustains feudalism, and as such is anti-progress. The ANP is ethnically inclined, which is not a hallmark of a leftist party. The former is more elitist than the latter. When even the so-called leftist parties are not for bringing about genuine change what is to say of the so-called rightist parties. Pakistan needs honest and selflessly dedicated politics for the good of the majority but this is a far calling. Lastly, until we have political parties that do want to bring substantial progressive political change, it is misleading to designate any as left wing.

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  • Randomstranger
    Apr 29, 2013 - 9:46PM

    Does that mean all the people of Buner are also a target of TTP?

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