–PTI helps Zulfiqar to lead the campaign, independent Amjad trails behind
DERA GHAZI KHAN: NA 190 DG Khan consists of plain, tribal and river areas where two cousins, former governor of Punjab and chief of Khosa tribe Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa and Amjad Farooq Khosa are competing against each other.
As per the details provided by the election commission of Pakistan, the total number of registered voters in NA-190 are 336,896 that includes 179,311 male and 127,698 female voters. There are 253 polling stations and 668 polling booths in which 367 male booths and 301 female booths are present.
Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa is contesting from PTI’s platform while Sardar Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa is facing him as an independent candidate. Sardar Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa is also amongst those who left Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) at the very last moment.
KHOSA VS KHOSA:
Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa has been contesting the elections since 1962 till now and remains undefeated while Sardar Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa has been elected as a member of the National Assembly three times and faced three defeats in his career.
Politically, this constituency is facing an extremely interesting situation because there are no ideological voters here but for power, it is being played as a chess game. Before leaving the PML-N platform, Sardar Amjad Khosa was awarded tickets of two NA seats, NA-189 and NA-190, by the PML-N leadership. Sardar Amjad Khosa decided to leave the NA-189 seat and focus all his attention on NA-190.
A close associate of Amjad Khosa told Pakistan Today that they got less time to contest elections in both the constituencies. Amjad Khosa has completed record developments in this area, he added.
Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa is a seasoned politician. Asif Ali Zardari tried to win over Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa and visited DG Khan last October but Zulfiqar Khosa rejected the move. After 1970, Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa is now contesting election from this constituency. Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa has smartly influenced local heavyweight groups and most of them have announced their support for him.
Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) candidate Sardar Irfanullah Khosa and Ghulam Mustafa Lashari from Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) are also contesting from this constituency but the actual competition is expected between the Khosa cousins. According to the public circles, both the sides are strong.
This constituency of the National assembly comprises two provincial assembly constituencies, PP-287 DG Khan-3 and PP-288 DG Khan-4. In PP-287, PTI’s candidate Sardar Javed Akhtar Lound is contesting with the independent candidate Sardar Mohsin Atta Khosa. Sardar Mohsin Atta Khosa is also among those who left the N-League at the very last moment. In 2013 elections, Sardar Javed Akhtar Lound was contesting independently and defeated N-League’s candidate Sardar Mohsin Atta Khosa.
However, Sardar Javed Akhtar later joined the N-League. Other candidates are Muhammad Arif from PPP and Arshad Abbas from MMA.
According to the ECP, the total numbers of registered voters are 154,287 that include 89,860 male and 64,427 female voters. There are total 126 polling stations and 319 polling booths in which 172 males and 147 female booths are there.
In PP-288, PTI candidate Sardar Saif-ud-Din Khan Khosa is contesting against his uncle and independent candidate Sardar Mohsin Atta Khan Khosa.
In 2013, Sardar Mohsin Atta Khosa was elected as a member of the provincial assembly. Sardar Mohsin Atta is contesting independently from both constituencies PP-287 and PP-288. Saif-ud-Din Khosa is very influential in this constituency. According to the public circles, Sardar Saif-ud-Din will succeed with a heavy majority. Families with public reputations like Lound, Dasti, Khosa, and others assured Saif-ud-Din Khosa to be fully supported.
As per the details provided by the ECP, the total number of registered voters are 155,386 that include 89,710 male and 65,676 female voters. There are total 126 polling stations and 319 polling booths in which 147 female and 172 male booths are there.