SWAT

Election campaign is in full swing at Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly constituency PK-80 with 13 candidates in the race for winning the seat on May 11.

PML-N Senior Vice President Engineer Amir Muqam is facing a tough contest by the candidates of ANP, former provincial Minister Wajid Ali Khan, Jamaat-e-Islami former MPA Muhammad Amin and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Fazal Hakim. A tough contest is expected among the candidates of PML-N, JI, ANP and PTI. This is the most important constituency of all the provincial constituencies of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. All the major political parties’ eyes are on PK-80 as it is the main hub of politics at Malakand Division.

In the last general election, Wajid Ali Khan of ANP was elected as MPA who secured 4,904 votes and remained minister for environment and forestry. Interestingly, the political campaign of Amir Muqam is being run by his supporters while he neither visited the constituency during election campaign nor bothered to examine the pathetic condition of the people there. He was never seen in the public and corner meeting in the election campaign at PK-80 of PML-N. Meanwhile, former minister Wajid Ali Khan is striving hard by arranging public and corner meetings to clinch the seat again. Jamaat-e-Islami candidate Muhammad Amin has a strong vote bank and the people admire him a lot due to his previous good record regarding developmental work at Mingora.

The PK-80 has traditionally been a stronghold of the JI and the ANP as the nominees of both the parities, including Muhammad Amin, and Wajid Ali Khan who had won the seat in the past. But both the politicians as MPAs remained failed to work for the betterment and welfare of the people as expected and as they pledged during the past electoral campaign.

The people of Swat said that they would elect new face in the upcoming general election because they were tired of trying old politics in the national and provincial assemblies seats. According to a survey, most of the people were apparently supporting the PML-N while the youngsters from the valley are supporting the PTI.