|KP's next ruling party could be foretold in NA-4 by-poll|
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
KP's next ruling party could be foretold in NA-4 by-poll
PESHAWAR: The by-poll in NA-4 constituency of the city is expected to be a defining contest for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as it would hint if the party would be able to come in power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa once again after its term ends in 2018, Geo.TV reported.
Although the seat was previously occupied by a PTI member, Gulzar Khan, uncertainty looms around the party regardless mainly due to two reasons: strength of rival candidates and the party's reputation in the constituency.
Despite being in government, the PTI will have a tough competition from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) as the party is backed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP), which was in coalition with PTI in the provincial government until recently.
On the other hand, PTI was not practically in power in the constituency even when Gulzar was alive as he was one of the disgruntled members of the party. Action was taken against him when he refused to submit his resignation at the time of the 2014 sit-in, which disarmed the MNA.
Five political parties have fielded their candidates for the by-poll that will take place in Peshawar on October 26.
Gulzar's son, Asad Gulzar, is also on the list but on a ticket of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which he recently joined. PTI has fielded Arbab Amir, brother of Arbab Zahir who was elected on the seat on the ticket of Awami National Party. Amir had recently jumped ship from ANP.
From PML-N, Nasir Musazai will be contesting the by-poll. Musazai is backed by QWP and JUI-F that withdrew its candidate announcing support for PML-N.
ANP has fielded the former deputy speaker of KP Assembly, Khushdil Khan, while Jamaat-e-Islami will be sending Wasil Farooq Khan, who recently left ANP.