ISLAMABAD - The big political dynasties are once again set to make their way into the upcoming parliament by mostly contesting against each other in the today’s general elections. Just like the previous elections in the country, a large number of contenders mainly hailed from famous castes of Southern Punjab will face their close relatives in these polls.
The tricky game is played in every election, as some specific tribes and families get maximum seats in the provincial and national assemblies.
Most of the candidates from famous castes, including Gilani, Jatoi, Khar, Gormani, Leghari, Daraishak, Kanjo and others are once again set to contest elections and make their presence in the parliament.
In the interesting political matches in Punjab, close family members, including brother versus brother, uncle versus nephew, cousin versus cousin will face each other in the today’s polls, according to the research carried out by The Nation.
In these family contests, from Muzaffargarh area two brothers Haroon Sultan and Basit Sultan are contesting polls against each other. The wife of PTI Basit Sultan is challenging her husband’s brother (brother-in-law) Haroon Sultan in NA-184.
Two members of Khosa tribe, as Sardar Amjad Farooq Khosa of PTI is challenging his cousin Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa as an independent candidate from the D.G Khan area.
Likewise, in the national assembly constituency (NA-183), two cousins -Rafique Khar from PTI and Raza Rabani Khar - are contesting against each other.
The members of famous ‘Khwaja’ family of Taunsa Sharif area are also contesting against each other. Former MNA Khwaja Sheraz from PTI and relative Khwaja Attaullha are contesting from the same area.
The famous Kanjo family from Southern Punjab is also in the race, as Abdul Rahman Kanjo is contesting against his uncle Akhtar Kanjo. In NA-194, Baloch tribe members Daraishak from Rajan Pur area are also challenging each other. As PTI’s Nasrullah Daraishak is contesting against Hafeez Daraishak contesting from the ‘Jeep’ symbol.
In NA-195 another area from Rajan Pur, two members from the same clan of Mazari are contesting against each other. As Zafar Mazari from PML-N has challenged his tribe member Riyaz Mazari from this area.
The Rahim Yar Khan area (NA-177), young PTI member Khusro Bukhtiyar is contesting against his uncle Makhdoom Shahab.
Likewise, two stepbrothers from famous Gilani family are also testing political muscles against each other. Samiul Hasan Gilani is contesting against his stepbrother Ali Hasan Gilani in these general polls.
The 46 constituencies of Southern Punjab are mostly witnessing contests between the ‘turncoats’ in these polls.
Political pundits viewed that the elections between political dynasties divide their family votes but one family member will ultimately make his way into parliament.