Islamabad - ­As the local government elections is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa scheduled for 30 May draws nearer, major political players in Hazara division including the ruling Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Quami Wattan Party (QWP) are set for neck and neck contest.

Even though all the political parties in the LG polls arena were supposed to nominate their respective candidates for district and tehsil Nazim slots in the province, Hazara division remains exception.  

A preliminary survey of various parts of Hazara suggests that the ruling PTI is lone political entity which gave tickets to its candidates, while the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz that regards the region as its political bastion is supporting independent candidates. The same line is followed by the candidates of Quami Wattan Party (QWP) of former Chief Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao.

"The PML-N is very actively participating in the LG polls," a local PML-N leader in Haripur district said while speaking to The Nation on condition of anonymity.

He said most of the PML-N candidates contesting for the seats of district and tehsil nazims are independent candidates. Still, he had no convicting answer as to why the PML-N has awarded party tickets to these candidates and is supporting them as independent candidates.

This trend is there in Haripur district where Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has one MNA and one MPA, and above that the district is the hometown of party's provincial president Pir Sabir Shah, who is also advisor to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

On the other hand, one finds some tangible presence of PML-N candidates in the picturesque Abbottabad district, but they too seemed disappointed with the party leadership. Whereas the PTI candidates are running their election campaigns with a lot more confidence. So is the trend in Manserah, Tor Ghar and Kohistan districts.

In these districts, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz enjoys significant parliamentary representation, but on the ground political situation seems quite dismal favouring more to PTI candidates, perhaps because of their open-handed election campaign.

"We are interested in the results, not in the election campaign," PML-N candidates in the constituency of MNA Capt Mohammad Safdar. They were of the view that PML-N-nominated and supported candidates would eventually win the polls with landslide victory.

On the other hand, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf nominated candidates who are open in the election arena do make complaints about their party leaders saying they are not getting the political support they needed being the candidates of the ruling party in the province.

They cited dramatic dissolution of party's district organization in the province by PTI Chairman Imran Khan as main factor hindering their election campaign.

"This factor would adversely impact our results," some of the PTI candidates interviewed by this correspondent maintained, complaining that they were allotted party tickets at the eleventh hour of the election.

As the electioneering is getting pace, by and large PTI candidates are gaining ground in their respective constituencies against their rivals from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and QWP, the only two that enjoy some parliamentary representation from Hazara after the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf.