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Jatt vs Jatt in PP-97 by-polls

All candidates, whether belonging to big parties or independents, belong to the community

All the major political parties’ candidates contesting the by-elections of PP-97 constituency of Faisalabad belong to the Jatt community, and the tickets of all the major political parties have been given to the candidates of the community while the candidates who are contesting the election as independents are also from the Jatt community.

However, Azad Ali Tabassum, a political representative of the non-farming community from constituency PP-97, lost his PML-N ticket due to a defecting former provincial minister, while no strong candidate from Aryan, Rajput and other communities is seen in the arena for by-elections. The ground has been prepared for the by-election of PP-97 constituency and tickets have been issued by all the major political parties to their respective candidates who belong to the Jatt community.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ticket has been issued to Ali Afzal Sahi, PML-N ticket to Haji Muhammad Ajmal Cheema, Jamaat-e-Islami ticket to Ali Ahmad Goraya, Tehreek-e-Labbaik ticket to Muhammad Naveed Shafi. Independent candidate Tariq Mehmood Bajwa is also in the fray and all these candidates belong to Jatt community.

While Luqman Chaudhry, who applied for PTI ticket from Arai community, and Rana Fayyaz, a PTI ticket candidate from Rana community, have also decided to vote for PTI ticket holder Ali Afzal Sahi. Similarly, PP-97 by-election Saleem Jahangir Chatha will withdraw his nomination papers tomorrow (June 23) and declare his support for PTI in the constituency. At the same time, former PML-N MPA Azad Ali Tabassum has also declared illegitimate support for Chaudhry Ajmal Cheema as per party policy and is running his liaison campaign.

Constituency PP-97, comprising 16 Union Councils, has a majority of Jat community voters while Aryans, Rajputs and non-farmers also own a huge vote bank. But former MPA PML-N leader Azad Ali Tabassum was the only candidate from the non-farming community. But his exit from the election raises questions about his future.

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The local leadership of Faisalabad has joined hands to win the by-election of Punjab Assembly constituency PP-97. In this regard, a meeting of PML-N was held under the chairmanship of Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah. A committee has been formed for the election which includes Mian Qasim Farooq, Haji Akram Ansari, Nawaz Malik, Rana Shoaib Idrees, Rana Ali Abbas, Zafar Iqbal Nagra and Mian Ajmal. It was also decided in the meeting that the formed committee will fully campaign for N-League candidate Haji Muhammad Ajmal in the by-election to be held in PP-97. And by monitoring the constituency on a daily basis, it will try its best to make every possible N-League candidate successful in the by-elections.

According to sources, Rai Aftab Waseem, SHO of Chak Jhumra Police Station has been suspended recently. However, the suspension was used as political propaganda by the activists of the candidates contesting the by-elections in PP-97. Sources said that the main reason for the suspension of SHO Chak Jhumra Rai Aftab Wasim Kharal was poor security on the occasion of Chief Justice High Court Amir Hussain Bhatti’s visit to Faisalabad yesterday. Police sources said that the political family used its influence to suspend the SHO for not following the recommendation of a member of a political family.

The district monitoring officer posted by the Election Commission of Pakistan visited Chak Jhumra to check the code of conduct and publicity in connection with the election campaign. And the flexes of political leaders in various places against the law were taken down. Along with DMO Election Commission, police personnel and staff of Municipal Committee Chak Jhumra were also involved in the operation.

The district monitoring officer said that every political party must abide by the rules of the Election Commission of Pakistan and no one was allowed to violate the orders of the election commission. All political parties, candidates should make flexes for publicity as per the size prescribed by the election commission while there is no ban on fabric flexes. She further said that all the information in this regard was available on the website of ECP. She added that they were also providing information about the election campaign through the media.



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