Karachi is the most important city of Pakistan. It is not only the largest city of the country but also the industrial, commercial and business centre. Karachi has 21 national assembly and 42 provincial assembly seats. Karachi will play a key role in the formation of new government in Sindh.
MQM was the most dominating political force in Karachi for more than three decades. MQM was use to won most of the seats from Karachi. But the situation changed since 22 August 2016 when Altaf Hussain made highly objectionable anti Pakistan speech.
Many senior leaders of MQM formed MQM-Pakistan. Former mayor Karachi Mustafa Kamal formed Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and many leaders of MQM joined PSP. MQM-London led by Altaf Hussain has announced to boycott the elections. It will be first election after the split in the MQM.
NA-236 Malir, Karachi (1)
This is a new constituency in Malir. Jam Abdul Kareem Bijar of PPP is leading in this constituency. Qadir Bux of PML-N, Masroor Ali of PTI, Diwan Chand Chawla of MQM-P and Somar Barfat of MMA is also in the run. PSP, GDA and ANP have also fielded its candidates. This seat is stronghold of PPP and Baluch tribes. PPP is likely to win this seat.
NA-237 Malir Karachi (2)
Abdul Hakeem Baluch of PPP is leading against Jamil Ahmed Khan of PTI, Zain Ansari of PML-N, Nadeem Maqbool of MQM-P and Muhammad Islam of MMA. PSP, GDA and ANP are also in the run. Abdul Hakeem Baluch won this seat in 2013 on PML-N ticket. But he quit PML-N and won the by-election on PPP ticket. He enjoys solid support in this constituency. He is likely to win this seat.
NA-238 Malir Karachi (3)
This constituency is wide open and any party can win the July 25 election on this seat. Shahi Syed of ANP, Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqi of RHP, Gulfraz Khan Khattak of MQM-P, Syed Agha Rafiullah of PPP, Zunaira Rehman of PTI and Syed Shah Muhammad Shah of PML-N is fighting a close contest. PSP, MMA and GDA have also fielded its candidates. Syed Akhtar Qadri of MQM won this seat in 2013 with huge margin. MMA also has sizeable vote bank in this constituency. The real contest will be between MQM-P, ANP, PPP MMA and RHP.
NA-239 Korangi Karachi (4)
Khawaja Sohail Mansoor of MQM-P is facing strong challenge from Syed Nadeem Razi of PSP. In the last elections, PTI gave tough time to MQM and got more than 62000 votes. But this time PSP is the real challenger to the MQM-P. This seat won by MQM in 2013. Syed Imran Abidi of PPP, Muhammad Akram of PTI, Haleem Ghauri of MMA and Ehsan Rana of PML-N are also in the run. MQM is expected to win this seat.
NA-240 Korangi/Landhi Karachi (5)
There are 16 candidates in the run, including Iqbal Mohammad Ali of MQM-P, MQM-H chairman Afaq Ahmed, Syed Asif Hasnain of PSP, Abdul Jameel Khan of MMA, Farrukh Manzoor of PTI and Mohammad Feroze of PPP. The real contest is between MQM-H, MQM-P and PSP. MQM-H won this seat in 2002 but Asif Hasnain of MQM won it in 2008 and 2013 elections. He is consisting now on PSP ticket. The PTI, MMA and PPP can take advantage of the split in MQM vote bank and pose serious challenge to three factions of MQM. The real contest is between MQM-P and MQM-H on this seat. MQM-H seems in the lead.
NA-241 Korangi Karachi (6)
The close contest is expected on this seat between Moin Amir Pirzadah of MQM-P, Faheem Khan of PTI and Mouzam Qureshi of PPP. MQM won this seat in 2013. PML-N has fielded Taib Zar Khan, PSP Danish Khan and ANP Javed Khattak. PTI seems in the lead in this constituency.
NA-242 East district Karachi
This is the smallest constituency of Karachi as far as number of voters is concerned. This constituency has less than 2, 00,000 votes. A total of 19 candidates are in the run. Almost every major religious and political party has fielded its candidate on the seat.
Prominent among them are Asadullah Bhutto of the MMA, Saif-ur-Rahman of PTI, Mohammad Iqbal Sand of PPP, Kishwar Zehra of MQM-P, and Hassan Sabir of PSP, Noorullah of ANP and Sharafat Khan of PML-N.
The real contest is expected between MMA, MQM-P and PPP. It is difficult to predict a clear winner on this seat. MQM- P and MMA are going neck to neck but MMA has a narrow lead.
NA-243 District East Karachi
Imran Khan is facing tough time in this constituency from Ali Raza Abidi of MQM, MMA and Shehla Raza of PPP candidates. But he has one advantage in this constituency as no heavy weight of other parties contesting against him. Both Imran Khan and Ali Raza Abidi are going neck to neck in the race but Ali Raza has slight edge at the moment.
NA- 244 District East Karachi
The real contest in this constituency is between Miftah Ismail of PML-N, Rauf Siddiqui of MQM-P and Ali Zaidi of PTI. MMA has fielded Zahid Saeed, PPP Mian Akhtar and ANP Shazia Razaq. Rauf Siddiqui seems to have slight edge on this seat.
NA- 245 District East Karachi
Dr. Farooq Sattar of MQM-P is facing strong challenge from DR. Aamir Liaqat Hussain of PTI and Dr. Sagheer of PSP in this constituency. Dr. Farooq Sattar has the lead on this seat. But a close contest is expected between the three candidates of MQM-P, PTI and PSP.
NA-246 District south Karachi
Bilawal Bhutto is facing Salim Zia of PML-N; Mehfooz Yar Khan of MQM-P, Abdul Shakoor Shad of PTI and Maulana Noor ul Haq of MMA. He is likely to win this seat. This Lyari seat in Karachi is the stronghold of PPP since 1970. PPP never faced any serious challenge from opponents. PML-N poses a serious challenge to PPP when it won most of Union councils in the local bodies’ election. Bilawal Bhutto has the comfortable lead on this seat. Shajahan Baluch of PPP won this seat in 2013.
NA-247 District South Karachi
This seat won by Arif Alvi of PTI in 2013 with huge margin. But he is facing strong challenge from Dr. Farooq Sattar of MQM-P, Abdul Aziz Memon of PPP and Muhammad Hussain Mehanti of MMA. Dr. Arif Alvi has the lead on this seat. PML-N has fielded Afnanullah and PSP Fauzia Kasuri on this seat. Fauzia Kasuri was a prominent leader of PTI but quit it to join PSP. She can damage some votes of Arif Alvi.
NA-248 District West Karachi
Salman Baluch of MQM won this seat with narrow margin against PTI candidate. Abdul Qadir Patel of PPP is leading on this seat. Sardar Abdul Aziz of PTI is giving tough time to Patel on this seat. MQM-P has fielded Afshan Qambar Ali, PML-N Salman khan and MMA Gul Muhammad Afridi. The real contest seems to be between PPP, PTI and MQM-P.
NA-249 Karachi District West Karachi
Shahbaz Sharif is facing strong challenge from Faisal Wawda of PTI and Aslam shah of MQM-P. PPP has fielded Qadir Khan, MMA Syed Attaullah and PSP Fauzia Hameed in this constituency. Shahbaz Sharif is leading narrowly on this seat. A close fight is expected in this constituency. PML-N has the support of ANP and JUI-F in this constituency. MQM won this seat in 2013.
NA-250 District West Karachi
Hafiz Naeemur Rehman of MMA, Fayyaz Qaimkhani of MQM-P, Shahi Syed of ANP, Attaullah of PTI, Ali Ahmed of PPP and Syed Hafeezuddin of PSP are contesting a close elections. MQM is leading on this seat. PTI and MMA are giving tough time to MQM-P. MQM won this seat in 2013.
NA-251 District West Karachi
A total of 13 candidates are contesting from here. Syed Aminul Haque of MQM-P, Fahad Shafiq of PML-N, Nehal Malik of PSP, Jamil Zia of PPP, Laeeq Khan of MMA and Mohammad Aslam of PTI are among the prominent candidates and pitched in a hard fought battle. It seems that real contest will be between MQM-P, PTI and MMA candidates. MQM- has an edge in this constituency but PTI and MMA are not far behind. MMA won this seat in 2002. MQM won this seat in 2008 and 2013.
NA-252 District West
The Real contest in this constituency is between PPP and MMA. PPP seems having an edge in this constituency. PPP has fielded Abdul Khaliq Mirza, MMA Abdul Majeed, PTI Aftab Jehangir and MQM-P Abdul Qadir khanzada. Abdul Qadir Khanzada of MQM-P won this seat in 2013. MQM-P has become weak in this constituency after the delimitation. Orangi Town areas of Urdu speaking population have not been included in this constituency which gives clear edge to PPP.
NA-253 district central Karachi
Syed Mustafa Kamal the former mayor of Karachi and chief of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) is facing strong challenge from Usama Qadri of MQM-P, Ashraf Jabbar of PTI and Munim Zafar khan of MMA candidates. Mustafa Kamal is contesting the first election from this former stronghold of MQM. PML-N has fielded Khalid Mumtaz, PPP Javed Ishaq in this constituency. Mustafa Kamal is leading on this seat with narrow margin and facing tough and close contest. MQM won this seat in 2013.
NA-254 District Central Karachi
The real contest is between Sheikh Salahuddin of MQM-P, Arshad Vohra of PSP and Aslam Khan of PTI on this seat. This constituency also included the Aziz Abad, the former head quarters of MQM and native area of Altaf Hussain. PPP has fielded Liza Mehdi and MMA Rashid Naseem on this seat. Sheikh Salahuddin of MQM seems in the lead on this seat which remained stronghold of MQM since 1988. MQM is facing real challenge to maintain its grip on this constituency. Nabeel Gabol of MQM won this seat but he later resigned from MQM and joined PPP. Kanwar Naveed of MQM won the by-election with huge margin.
NA-255 District Central Karachi
MQM convener Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui is contesting election from this constituency which was once stronghold of MQM. But this time he is facing strong challenge from Mehmood Baqi of PTI, Mustafa Jamil of PSP, Mustaqeem Qureshi of MMA, Zafar Siddiqui of PPP and Nasiruddin Mehmood of PML-N. He has the lead in this constituency but with narrow margin. He is expected to win this seat. MQM won this seat in 2013.
NA-256 District Central Karachi
Amir Waliuddin Chishti of MQM is leading on this seat. Najib Sultan of PTI and Adil Siddiqui of PSP are challenging Amir Chishti of MQM-P on this seat. PML-N has fielded Dost Muhammad Faizi, PPP famous actor Sajid Hasan and MMA Mirajul Huda Siddiqui. Rehan Hashmi of MQM won this seat in 2013.
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21 August, 2019