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NA 63 Jhelum-II party position in 2013 elections (2 posts)

Topic tags: elections 2013, Jhelum II, Raja Asad
  • Profile picture of Rehan Rehan said 3 years, 2 months ago:

    Online Profile of Raja Muhammad Asad KhanJhelum is without any doubt a strong hold of PMLN. In 2008 general elections PMLN clean swept Jhelum by winning both national assembly and 4 provincial assembly seats from here. NA 62 Jhelum-I and NA 63 Jhelum-II currently belong to two brothers Raja Safdar Khan and Raja Asad Khan respectively and they are sons of EX MNA Raja Mohammad Afzal Khan. Raja Asad Khan not only in 2008 won this seat but he was also victorious in 2002 PMLQ and PPP have good vote bank here but not good enough to challenge PMLN supremacy in Jhelum. However since Raja Afzal Khan joined PPP along with his sons in January 2013 which is good enough to end PMLN supremacy in Jhelum.


    General Elections 2008 Jhelum II Result

    Brig. (R) Mahmood Hussain Azad

    Ch.Shahbaz Hussain
    Pakistan Muslim League

    Raja Muhammad Asad Khan
    Pakistan Muslim League (N)

    Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians


    General Elections 2002 Jhelum II Result

    Dr. Ghulam Hussain
    Pakistan Peoples party(Shaheed Bhutto)

    Nawabzada Syed Shamas Haider
    Pakistan Muslim League

    Raja Muhammad Asad Khan
    Pakistan Muslim League (N)

    Mr.Saeed-ul- Hassan Zaidi
    Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians

    General Elections 2013 Jhelum II Party Position

    A seat adjustment between Peoples Party and PMLQ can create huge problems for PMLN in upcomming elections 2013. For Raja Asad it will be very hard to maintain his winning streak as he has decided to contest next elections as an idependent candidate since PPP failed to keep its promise with him. PTI on ground and on papers has emerged as a very strong contestant and its probable candidate (Usman Chohan) is also in a good position to create an upset. It will be a close four way tie between Raja Asad (Independent), PMLN, PTI and PPP + PMLQ.

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

    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.