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NA 62 Jhelum Party Position 2013 Elections (2 posts)

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  • Profile picture of Farah Farah said 3 years, 2 months ago:

    NA 62 is one of the two national assembly constituencies of district Jhelum. NA-62 consists of Tehsil Sohawa,Dina and rural area of tehsil Jhelum.Th

    na 62 jhelum party position 2013 elections

    is constituency is 80% rural and only 20 percent urban area. Biradri system plays a key role in politics of NA 62 Jhelum. Raja,Jatt,Gujar and kayani clan are influential and play important role in election.

    NA 62 Jhelum 2002 Election Results:

    In 2002 elections, NA 62 Contest was between PML-Q and PML-N and winner was PML-Q candidate Chaudhry Shahbaz Hussain.

    Complete result of NA 62 Jhelum for 2002 elections is as follows:

    Chaudhry Shahbaz Hussain (PML-Q)                              75217 Votes

    Raja Muhammad Safdar (PML-N)                                     51618 Votes

    Sohail Zafar (PPP)                                                                15133 Votes

    Raja Muhammad Zia Ashraf (MMA)                                  4391 Votes

    Lt Col Rab Nawaz (PAT)                                                      867 Votes

    Muhammad Riaz Malik (PTI)                                              827 Votes


    NA 62 Jhelum 2008 Election Result:

    In 2008 general elections, contest was again between same heavyweights of

    PML-Q and PML-N but this time, PML-N candidate was able to win by a huge margin.

    Complete result of NA 62 Jhelum for 2008 elections is given below:

    Raja Muhammad Safdar (PML-N)                                     92479 Votes

    Chaudhry Shahbaz Hussain (PML-Q)                              61524 Votes

    Chaudhry Sohail Zafar (PPP)                                            20080 Votes

    Raja Muhammad Imtiaz Kayani (Independent)             5741 Votes

    Raja Iftikhar Kayani (PPP-Sherpao)                                 418 Votes

    NA 62 Jhelum Party Position 2013 Elections:

    Politics of Jhelum has greatly changed after change of loyalties by Raja Muhammad Afzal and his sons (Raja Muhammad Safdar and Raja Muhammad Asad) have joined PPP after saying good bye to PML-N. Raja Safdar was a key figure of PMLN from NA 62 Jhelum and this has given a big blow to PMLN in Jhelum.

    PTI has also emerged as a new political force in Jhelum. Chaudhry Saqlain is possible PTI candidate from NA 62 Jhelum. Currently he is an MPA. PTI is quite popular in youth of Jhelum and PTI can really upset in 2013 elections from NA 62 Jhelum if all local leadership is united till elections. Pir Syed Anwar Hasnaat has also joined PTI who is also an influential political figure of Jhelum.

    Chaudhry Shahbaz Hussain who was PMLQ candidate in past two elections may have to sacrifice as PPP and PML-Q are in seat adjustment. Chances are that Raja Safdar who joined PPP recently will be the PPP candidate and PMLQ will also be supporting him. This will be a really tough call for other parties like PMLN and PTI as Raja family itself is very strong and strength will get doubled with vote bank of PPP and PMLQ.



  • Profile picture of Sajid Sajid said 3 years, 1 month ago:

    Rajas and Kiyanis are both Rajput,

    Most of Jhelum City (excep for a few wards that are in NA 63)  comes under NA 62.


    I posted the following on NA 63 but it has great relevance in the context of NA 62 as well:

    NA 63 (Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil & Jhelum Canntt) has been traditinally Nawabzadah  Raja IqbaL Mehdi’s constituency (throughout 80s &  90s). Nawabzadah Shams Haider (fromN to Q to now again N) was also winning on provincial seat, both were contesting from N side.  Being non-graduate , Iqbal Mehdi couldn’t contest himself and  facilitated younger son of Raja Afzal, Raja Asad’s victory in 2002 and 2008. Raja Afzal’s elder son Raja Safdat lost against Ch. Shahabaz (Q) in 2002 on Raja Afzal’s own constituencey (since 1985).

    Jhelum was a PPP stronghold in 70s. Dr. Ghulam Hussain defeated Ch. Altaf (Dolatana League) who was considered to be the most prominent politician of the district before 1970.  By 1977, Ch. Altaf also joind PPP. He was appointed Governor of Punjab by PPP in 90s.  Ex CJ Punjab HC, Justice (R) Iftikhar Hussain and Ch. Shahbaz Hussain (ex Q federal minister, now Q or PPP) are his brothers, Ch. Khurram Altaf (ex District Nazim, still Q) is his son and Fawwad Ch. (ex advisor to Gilani and Pervaiz Ashraf, from Q to Musharraf to PPP) is his nephew.  Raja Afzal kept on defeating these Chaudhris since 1985. He bacame a very close and loyal friend of  Nawaz Sharif. He kept on winning for N everytime around from 1985 to 2008.

    Now that being a graduate is not a requirement, Raja Iqbal Mehdi was genuinely expecting that he’d get his seat back in 2013  but Raja Afzal desired to retain it for his younger son, Asad. N’s decisions in Pothohar region are predominently made by Ch. Nisar who’d go Iqbal Mehdi way.  Due to dual nationality, Ch. Nadeem Khadim’s (PPP to Q to N) provincial seat got vacant.  N Ticket was first given to  Nadeem’s father Ch. Khadim but to prove his invulnerability in Jhelum District, Raja Afzal decided to run and because of his “Friendly” pressure, Nawaz Sharif, knowing that winner would be one of the two N Men but not knowing that it would be impossible to keep the aggrieved (loser) candidate in N afterwards, left it as open seat  (against Shahbaz Sharif and Ch. Nisar’s wishes). Ch. Khadim defeated the runner up Raja Afzal by huge 60% margin and then joined N. Raja Afzal realising  this kind of defeat would cut him to size in N, first wanted to jump to PTI but after meeting with IK, thought he wasn’t a politician to join, went in PPP leaving no space for Fawad Chaudhry etc. Raja Afzal could have kept NA 62 and possibly one provincial seat or could have been offered senator ship but definitely not two national and one provincial seats in N. He could have capitalized his strength in PTI (with Tsunami Waive) but that opportunity’s lost. Its hard to believe him being capable of defending even one seat (NA 62 held by his elder son Raja Safdar from N) in PPP,  but who knows? His personal friendship with Nawaz Sharif was so strong that he refused to say a word against NS upon joining or after. Given the opportunity, befor or after election, he could go back, again who knows?

    Raja Afzal + Tsunami waive could have swept it all but without him, PTI has a long long way to pave. In PPP, Raja Afzal  would most probably be a lone star, wouldn’t do much. And, its a great loss for N as well. It’s a lose-lose situation for all N(for losing him),  PTI (for not seizing the moment) and PPP (for Raja to be misfit there and for them to be unable to utilise). Things will become clearer in possibly 10 days after final lists are announced.