Friday, February 18, 2011

Politics in Abbottabad (Hazara)--Current party position in District Abbtotttabad

District Abbottabad is considered as the hub or the center of Hazara division and this district has played a prominent role in the politics of Pakistan in past. Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan Abbasi who remained chief minister of N.W.F.P. (Khyper Pakhtunkhwah) and minister of Railways had been elected from national assembly and provincial assembly constituencies of district Abbottabad multiple times. This district has also played a pivotal role in the politics of Mian Mumhammad Nawaz Sharif as he contested and won national assembly elections from NA-18 Abbottabad II against Baba Haider Zaman and reached to the seat of prime minister. Ex-deputy speaker of national assembly, Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob also belongs to district Abbottabad and he won 2002 elections from NA-18 on PML-Q ticket. Aman Ullah Khan Jadoon is also a prominent figure in the politics of Pakistan who hails from district Abbottabad. He remained Petroleum minister in the era of General Musharraf.
District Abbottabad is considered as a strong foothold of PML-N and the history of past two decades shows that PML-N got majority seats from district Abbottabad in both national assembly and provincial assembly elections. Some people even claim that people of district Abbottabad are so blindly trusting PML-N that even if PML-N gives ticket to some dead horse, people will vote for him. However, a loose stance of PML-N on the issue of renaming of N.W.F.P. as Khyber Pakhtunkhwah has ignited a fierce fire in the hearts of people of Hazara against PML-N and its the first time that people of Hazara including district Abbottabad have come openly on streets against PML-N. People of Hazara are now declaring Mian Nawaz Sharif as a Ghandi who betrayed people of Hazara. In all rallies and Jalsas of Tehreek e Soba Hazara, leaders of Suba Hazara Tehreek are openly lashing and criticizing PML-N for its anti-Hazara stance on renaming issue.
PML-Q has taken the most benefit from the sentiments of the people of Hazara and they have managed to get a good space in the hearts of the people of Hazara. In district Abbottabad, it seems that a new soul has been inducted in the dead political life of PML-Q and now Aman Ullah Khan Jadoon, , Sardar Baba Haider Zaman  and Sardar Yaqoob of district Abbottabad, Gohar Ayub of Haripur and Shah Jahan Yousuf of Mansehra are acting as the leaders of Soba Hazara movement. Baba Haider Zaman has announced recently that Tehreek-e-Suba Hazara will contest upcoming elections as a separate party and its thought by political analysts that If Tehreek e Soba Hazara comes united in next elections against PML-N, it may even clean sweep in whole district Abbottabad.
Jamat-e-Islami (JI) is also striving its best to gain some benefits from this movement but it seems that they are not in any position to fight against political giants like PML-N. JI can get a good number of votes only in case of restoration of MMA otherwise all religious parties may get a divided chunk of votes which is meaningless.
 Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) is also gaining a good momentum in district Abbottabad as well just like other parts of the country and youth is warmly welcoming the revolutionary agenda of PTI. However, PTI hasn't managed to get support of any notable political leaders of the area and it seems that they wont be able to take PML-N eye to eye if they don't make some strong political alliances with other similar minded parties like JI.

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