NA 55 Rawalpindi is one of the most critical and significant constituencies of Pakistan at which every political party has shown a great interest in past. NA 55 Rawalpindi is home ground of Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad who heads his newly formed party–Awami Muslim League. Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad was earlier in PML-N but he joined PML-Q after Nawaz Sharif Exile. Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has also contested from NA 55 once on PML-N ticket against Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad and defeated him with a huge margin.
NA 55 is considered a stronghold of PML-N however, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, PPP, Jamat e Islami, PTI and several other political parties are also active in this region and working hard to get their roots strong in the masses.
NA 55 Rawalpindi 2002 Election Results:
In 2002 general elections, NA 55 Rawalpindi seat was won by Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad as an independent candidate. His competition was mainly against PPP as PML-N was badly unorganized at that time after Pervez Musharraf’s take over.
Complete result of NA 55 Rawalpindi for 2002 elections is given below:
Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad (Independent) 40649 Votes
Agha Riaz Ul Islam (PPP) 2885 Votes
Sardar Muhammad Tariq (PML-N) 14405 Votes
Tariq Munir Butt (MMA) 12297 Votes
NA 55 Rawalpindi 2008 Election Results:
In 2008 general elections, NA 55 Rawalpindi competition was between three heavy weights, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi of PML-N, Malik Aamer Fida Paracha of PPP and Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad of PML-Q in which Javed Hashmi was able to win this seat by a huge margin. Sheikh Rasheed was unable to even get second position and was badly rejected by the people of Rawalpindi.
Complete result of NA 55 Rawalpindi for 2008 Elections is given below:
Makhdoom Javed Hashmi (PML-N) 76980 Votes
Malik Aamer Fida Paracha (PPP) 37397 Votes
Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad (PML-Q) 15780 Votes
Muhammad Akram Abbasi (MMa) 748 Votes
Ejaz Khan Jazi (Independent) 143 Votes
After winning from four different constituencies, Javed Hashmi vacated NA 55 Rawalpindi seat and by-elections were held in this constituency in which PML-N candidate Haji Pervaiz Khan was able to retain this seat for PML-N. Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad didn’t contest in this by-election.
Complete result of this by-election of NA 55 are given below:
Haji Pervaiz Khan (PML-N) 25237 Votes
Ejaz Khan Jazi (Independent) 12205 Votes
Profesor Hafiz Waseem Ahmed (Independent) 322
NA 55 Rawalpindi seat was again vacated as PML-N MNA Haji Pervaiz Khan was dismissed after examination scam. Interestingly, PML-N was able to win this seat again. This time Shakeel Awan was the new lucky guy to reach in national assembly.
Complete result of NA 55 By-election is as follows:
Malik Shakeel Awan (PML-N) 63888 Votes
Barrister Shaikh Danish Iftikhar (Independent) 5020 Votes
Dr Muhammad Kamal (Jamat e Islami) 3109 Votes
Ejaz Khan Jazi (PTI) 3105 Votes
NA 55 Rawalpindi Party Position for 2013 Elections:
PML-N enjoys a good popularity in NA 55 Rawalpindi region and Punjab government has focused on Rawalpindi and various mega development projects have been completed in Rawalpindi. Malik Shakeel Awan is the potential PML-N candidate for 2013 elections from NA 55 however, Sardar Naseem can also be considered for this ticket.
PPP is also active in NA 55 and is working hard to strengthen itself at grass root level. Chaudhry Iftikhar is PPP candidate from NA 55 Rawalpindi. Malik Aamer Fida Paracha is city president of party but he has decided not to contest this time from NA 55 Rawalpindi..
Jamat e Islami is also working with a good ideological workers base. Ex MPA Muhammad Hanif Chaudhry will be JI candidate from NA 55. However, without proper alliances, JI doesn’t seem to be in any upsetting position in Rawalpindi.
PTI and Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad of Awami Muslim League seem to be in good relations these days. PTI Chairman Imran Khan attended Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad rally at Liaqat Bagh last year. Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has reiterated on several talk shows that a deal has already been struck between PTI and Awami Muslim League for seat adjustment. Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad is joint candidate of PTI and AML from NA 55. However,