Islamabad - Going by the number of candidates fielded by political parties for local government election in Islamabad, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) seems to be losing interest in the politics of the federal capital by fielding minimum number of aspirants for the election.

The PPP has managed to field a total of 81 candidates on 50 union councils of Islamabad. The number of aspirants fielded by a lesser known political party, Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Pakistan founded by nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, almost matches the number of aspirants fielded by the PPP. The Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Pakistan eyes to win the polls through 76 candidates.

As the PPP claims to be the country’s largest political party, a little number of party candidates shows the party is ranked 4th as compared to aspirants fielded by other political parties.

Even Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has dotted each union council with its party office-bearer. It has fielded 180 candidates in entire Islamabad.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) seems to be leading in terms of maximum participation in the first ever LG polls in the federal capital. It has given tickets to 520 candidates on 50 union councils.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) has fielded over 490 candidates for different slots by fielding more than a dozen candidates in a single union council.

On the contrary, the PPP has failed to field candidates on over 40 union councils in Islamabad.

It means that out of the total union councils, the PPP will not be contesting on majority of seats.

While it has not managed to field candidates in 40 union councils, there are seven union councils where the PPP will be taking part in the election through a single candidate.

Political parties like Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) led by Dr Tahirul Qadri have fielded 30 candidates in the federal capital while Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (Fazl) has fielded 15 aspirants.

With more than 3,000 candidates in the run, independents have emerged to be leading in number. There are 998 candidates who will be contesting independently in the polls.

The PPP’s Islamabad chapter has already put their heads together about giving party tickets ahead of the polls. But the meeting resulted in fissure than fielding candidates for the polls.

PPP District President Sibtul Haider Shah, PPP Divisional President Imran Ashraf and Islamabad-based PPP senior leader Nargis Faiz Malik, Secretary General PPP Punjab Tanveer Asharf Kaira and PPP city president Faisal Sakhi Butt had attended the meeting in party’s central secretariat two weeks back.

Sources said Nargis Malik boycotted the meeting while Advisor to former President Asif Ali Zardari, Musatafa Khokhar did not show up at the meeting. The sources further revealed that key players of Islamabad PPP chapter including Khokhar, Butt and Shah have not met even a single time to plan party’s election strategy.