JUL 1, 2018: Seven electables allotted party tickets by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to contest polls in Dera Ghazi Khan (DGK) division of southern Punjab have have now decided to go solo as independent candidate, most of them on the symbol of bucket and jeep.
It is being seen a big setback to the PML-N, whose ticket used to be the most sought-after commodity in the 2013 elections.
Of them, four candidates are from the group of former Punjab Assembly deputy speaker Sher Ali Gorchani.
Gorchani is a candidate for NA-193 and PP-293, while his father Pervez Gorchani (PP-295), Athar Gorchani (PP-294) and Yousuf Khan Dareshak (PP-296) also refused to submit PML-N tickets.
Yousuf Dareshak’s brother Dr Hafeez Dareshak has also returned his NA-194 PML-N ticket.
They were allotted electoral symbol of jeep.
In Dera Ghazi Khan, Shamoona Mir Badshah Qaisrani withdrew her PML-N ticket for PP-285 while former PML-N MP Amjad Farooq Khosa also preferred independent status for NA-190 candidature. His new electoral symbol is bucket.
Ms Qaisrani will fight the election for PP-285 on ‘mobile phone’ symbol while she holds the tiger symbol of the PML-N for NA-189. She was not allowed to withdraw the ticket because the deadline for symbol allotment had ended by the time she submitted her request.
In the footstep of his Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur colleagues, former PML-N MPs from Muzaffargarh also refused the PML-N ticket for NA-181 and went for symbol of jeep as an independent.
Sultan Hinjra’s nephew Qasim Hinjra returned PML-N ticket for NA-182. He and his brother Ahmad Yar Hinjra, however, retained the PML-N ticket for their provincial constituencies as they believe the provincial government will be of the PML-N while central government will be of the PTI.
In the neighboring NA-183 constituency, PML-N and PTI tickets were turned down by Raza Rabbani Khar, who is now a PPP candidate.
From here, the PML-N has no candidate. Khar says the PPP awarded mega projects to their area, so the party would remain his first choice.
Meanwhile, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif remarked on Sunday that the hope for fair and transparent general election is ending.
While speaking to media in London, he said: “the nation will not allow polls to be rigged at any cost.”