SIALKOT - Because of her popularity in NA-111 constituency, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan of the PPP seems to be in very strong position ahead of the fast-approaching 2013 general elections.

On the other side, the PML-N leadership has decided to again field Idrees Ahmed Bajwa. He is fully supported by the PML-N central leader and MNA Khawaja Muhammad Asif. It will be a challenge for the PML-N to win the seat in the upcoming polls by defeating Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.

Firdous, the federal minister for national regulation and services, had defeated Chaudhry Ameer Hussain and Idrees Ahmed Bajwa in the 2008 general elections. She had clinched the seat by knocking out the then speaker of the National Assembly with a majority of votes. She had bagged 78,925 votes against Ameer Hussain's 46372 and Bajwa's 38,193 votes in 2008 general elections.

After his big political defeat in NA 111 Bajwat-Sialkot, Ameer Hussain flew to the camps of PTI after leaving the PML-Q. Now, the PTI was most likely to nominate Chaudhary Ameer Hussain as its candidate against Dr Awan. Ejaz Ahmed Cheema, general secretary of PPP Sialkot district, said that it seemed there were old wine in a new bottle.

However, Dr Awan will have to face again her old opponents in this constituency during the coming general elections, as she had defeated and knocked out them from here in 2008 general elections.

NA-111 was the only National Assembly seat won by the PPP out of Sialkot district's all the five national assembly seats here in 2008 general elections.

Now, it is likely that the PPP will again win this seat in the 2013 general elections, because the PPP's federal minister Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan had done record development work in the area. She has carried out record development projects in 85 villages. These are the ground realities which could never be ignored by any one, said Cheema.

Nomination of Idrees Ahmed Bajwa by PML-N and Chaudhary Ameer Hussain by PTI would give a massive political advantage to Awan, who will have to face these old faces in the coming polls. On the other hand, the PML-N central leader and MNA Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that this time the PML-N will win the seat by defeating the PPP, as Idrees Ahmed Bajwa will be again in the electoral race with his full energies.

Asif said that now the PML-N will not repeat its mistakes in this constituency and the PML-N was now in very strong position to clinch this seat.