islamabad

Since the May 2013 election results surprised political pundits, the most of the kith and kin belonging to big dynasties, who were contesting against one another, though received major upsets yet succeeded in keeping their seats within their families. Several candidates representing famous castes including Khar, Gormani, Jatoi, Kanjo Waranar, Qaisrani, Leghari and others, whose family members have remained in assemblies, will also continue to represent ‘political dynasty’ from Southern Punjab.

These elections were interesting from different aspects as so many close relatives contested against one another in the election but assemblies’ seats in one way or another remained within their homes.

Some of the interesting results in this respect are from southern Punjab where from PP-244 (DG Khan), renowned figure Zaulfiqar Khosa from PML-N contested against his son Saifud Din Khosa, who has recently joined PPP, and won the seat.

The famous Leghari tribe of Baloch caste in these polls had also broken previous records, as former MPA Maqsud Leghari from NA-172 who was contesting against his nephew Jamal Leghari as an independent candidate, faced defeat. From PP-246, four cousins of Leghari tribe from different party affiliations were contesting against one another as Muhammad Khan Leghari (the son of Maqsud Leghari) from PML-Q, Zeshan Leghari with the emblem of PML-N, and Shabir Leghari from PPP contested against one another. The wind blew in the favour of Muhammad Khan Leghari (son of Maqsud Leghari) from PML-Q, which is still considered as unusual.

In Muzaffargarh, two sons of Nawabzada Nasrullah (late) known as father of democracy, Nawabzada Iftikhar Ahmed Khan (NA-178) and Nawabzada Mansoor Ahmed Khan (PP-257), like previous elections though contested but both the brother could not bag any seat.

In the same town, Jamshaid Dasti, who is also known as Rescue-15, from NA-177 won against PPP candidate Noor Rabbani Khar (father of former minister for foreign affairs Hina Rabani Khar).

Tariq Gormani, a former MPA from Muzaffargarh, contested against his two nephews Zeshan Gormani (independent candidate) and Saifud Din Gormani (Jamaat-e-Islami) and remained winner in PP-252.

Makhdoom Shahabud Din from Rahim Yar Khan contested on National Assembly (NA) seat against his nephew Khusro Bukhtar (an independent candidate), and results remained in favour of the latter.

The town of Vehoa union council of Dera Ghazi Khan where Mir Badsha Qaisrani (from JUI-F) was facing his cousin Barrister Imam Bux Qaisrani (a PML-N candidate) PP-241, is stated to have won the elections, according to unofficial results. In Bahawalpur, Khadija Waran, wife of Amir Waran, a candidate of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) contested against his brother Jhanzeb Waranr and failed to get success.

In Vehari, both Ayesha Nazir Jatt, daughter of former MNA Nazir Ahmad Jatt, contested election against his cousin Asghar Jatt; however, she failed to grab seat.

From Jatoi tribe, PPP candidate Moazzam Ali Jatoi, a former minister, contested from NA-179 against his cousin Khan Muhammad Jatoi for PP-259. As per results, one of the cousins Khan Muhammad Jatoi won the seat.

Abdul Rahman Kanjo, son of former MNA Siddique Kanjo from NA-155, contested against his nephew but could not get through and Akhtar took the seat.

In Ahmadpur East, two stepbrothers Sami Gilani and Suleman Gilani are faced each other.