Israr Ahmed & Khalid Mehmood

Rawalpindi - Out of Rawalpindi’s five cantonment boards — Rawalpindi, Chaklala, Murree, Wah and Taxila — both Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) secured victories in two cantonment boards each, while in Murree cantonment board, both parties secured one seat each as the constituency comprised only two wards.

Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) thrashed its arch rival Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) by winning elections in Rawalpindi Cantonment Board and Chaklala Cantonment Board.

On the other hand, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) won election in Wah Cantonment Board by securing six out of ten seats. Likewise PTI won Cantonment Board Taxila election by securing both seats of the cantonment board.

In Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB), the PML-N made a clean sweep by securing all 10 seats, while 9 out of 10 seats for Chaklala Cantonment Board (CCB) were also won by PML-N.

According to unofficial results of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB), Malik Sajid Mehmood of PML-N won from ward number 1 by bagging 6,772 votes. He defeated his opponent Muhammad Ijaz of PTI who could bag 4,497 votes. In ward number 2, Malik Usman thrashed PTI’s Malik Zia Kausar by securing 5578 votes. The losing candidate could bag 4,497 votes. Muhammad Shaffique of PML-N was declared successful in ward number 3. Rashid Khan on PML-N obtained 7,623 votes and defeated his rival PTI Asim Rehman Bhatti (6898) in ward number 4. The ward number 5 contest was won by Raja Jahandad. Haji Zafar Iqbal remained successful in ward number 6 with 8,590 votes whereas his opponent Tahir Abbas of PTI could bag 4919 votes. PML-N’s Mansoor Afsar grabbed 6680 votes in ward number 7 against PTI’s Ijaz Hussain Satti who could bag 5,500 votes. The ward number 8 was won by Arshad Qureshi with 7,425 votes whereas his opponent Malik Tehlil could get 1750 votes. The ward number 9 was won by PML-N candidate Hafiz Hussain Ahmed Malik by bagging 7,512 votes against PTI’s Abdul Karim who secured 4860 votes. The contest in ward number 10 was conquered by Shahid Mugal of PML-N who bagged 8665 votes and his opponent Atif Qureshi of PTI could get 7,127 votes.

In Chaklala Cantonment Board, PML-N won nine seats while Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) grabbed one seat. As per unofficial results, the wining candidates of PML-N included Raja Pervez Akhter, ward number 1, Ch Changez Khan, ward number 3, Mian Riaz, ward number 4, Khalid Butt, ward number 5, Ch Khurram, ward number 6, Malik Khurram, ward number 7, Muhammad Jamil, ward number 8, Raja Irfan Imtiaz, ward number 9, and Azhar Nahim won from ward number 10. The JI candidate Khalid Mehmood Mirza won from ward number 2 of CCB.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) has won the Wah Cantonment Board election by securing six out of ten seats. Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) remained at the second position by winning four seats.

According to details, the six candidates who secured victory from the platform of PTI included Imran Khan from ward number 4, Malik Azhar from ward number 5, Amjad Mahmood Kashmiri from ward number 6, Ch Mazhar from ward number 10, Fahad Masood, brother of MPA Malik Masood, from ward number 8 and Malik Ehtasham from ward number 9. Likewise, the four PML-N candidates who won the election are Malik Mahmood from ward number 1, Malik Misri Khan from ward number 2, Raja Ayyub from ward number 3, and Abdur Rehman from ward number 7.

In Cantonment Board Taxila, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) made a clean sweep by securing both seats of the constituency. In both wards, the PML-N candidates remained at the second position. In ward number 1, Raza Hussain Shah of PTI remained successful by securing 1824 votes, followed by PML-N candidate who secured 1,302 votes. In ward number 2, Malik Ashiq Awan of PTI remained successful by securing 1,376 votes, followed by PML-N candidate who secured 1,178 votes.

In Murree cantonment, there are two wards only. In ward number 2, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Sardar Mumtaz Khan was elected unopposed after the only candidate against him, from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz backed out. In ward number 1, the PML-N candidate Akmal Nawaz secured victory by securing 195 votes.

Earlier, Rawalpindi police made comprehensive security arrangements on the occasion of local bodies elections in areas of Rawalpindi and Chaklala cantonment boards to avoid any untoward incident. Moreover, the troops of Pakistan Army were also deployed inside the polling stations to maintain law and order during balloting. There was a public holiday on Saturday and all the schools, colleges, universities, government and semi-government departments and institutions remained closed.

The polling process in Rawalpindi, Chaklala, Wah and Murree cantonments remained peaceful under strict security measurements adopted by police following the directions of Regional Police Officer Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja and City Police Officer Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi. At all the entry and exit points of the district, police set up check posts.

CPO Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi paid visits to several polling stations and reviewed the security arrangements. He also visited some police check posts.

Meanwhile, stark violations of election codes were observed during cantonment board elections on the polling day in Wah and Taxila cantonments as everything from free transport to meal was provided to the voters.

The candidates were found involved in flagrant violation of code of conduct despite tall claims of stern action against violators by the Election Commission of Pakistan. It was observed that almost all candidates utilized huge resources to fetch voters. The candidates hired fleets of vehicles to provide pick and drop facility to the voters, especially female voters. Meanwhile during lunch time, food packets were also distributed among them secretly.

In many areas the candidates had established their camps within 200 meters of the polling stations.

“My house is located many kilometres away from the pollign station. We have assured a local candidate to vote for him as he provided me and my two other family members transport facility from my house to polling station,” said a voter Shahgfta Perveen standing outside a polling station in ward number 1, Taxila.

Asma Rani, a voter, when asked confirmed that she was provided free transport to reach polling station and added that all candidates are providing free transport. When asked, she expressed her ignorance that provision of such facility was violation of code of conduct. She confirmed enjoying a lunch box during his small travel to the local polling station.

Jabbar Ali, a van driver, said that local candidate has hired him for Rs 3,000 to provide pick and drop facility to voters. He said that the candidate has hired 15 vehicles for the purpose.