The by-elections on one national assembly seat in Karachi will take place on October 14. PTI chief and PM Imran Khan vacated the NA-243 after winning it in July 25 elections. The election on NA-247 will be held on 21 October. PTI senior leader and now president of Pakistan vacated the NA-247 after winning it on July 25.
PTI surprised many with the election results in Karachi. PTI won 14 out of 21 national assembly seats. Karachi remained the stronghold of MQM-P for nearly 3 decades. The PTI emerged as the largest and most popular party of Karachi.
The situation is quite interesting in the by-elections. MQM-P joined the PTI led coalition government after the elections and got two ministerial positions in the federal cabinet. But both parties are facing each other in the by-elections. Both parties failed to field joint candidates on both national assembly seats.
NA-243 Alamgir Khan vs. Amir Chishti
NA-243 was vacated by Prime Minister Imran Khan, who won with a margin of over 60,000 votes against MQM-P candidate, Syed Ali Raza Abidi and PPP’s Shehla Raza. Syed Ali Raza rejected the results and accused the election commission of rigging the elections. He left the MQM after developing differences with the leadership of MQM.
NA-243 is a newly-carved out constituency that comprises Bahadurabad, Sharfabad, Hasan Square, Panama Centre, Baitul Mukkaram Mosque, Shanti Nagar, Mujahid Colony, Aladdin Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and some parts of Gulistan-e-Jauhar.
For the October 14 by-polls, the PTI has fielded Alamgir Khan, who rose to prominence through a civic rights campaign called “Fix It,” to contest the NA-243 constituency. There were several other aspirants, but Alamgir Khan was “chosen due to his fame,” said a provincial leader of the PTI.
The young campaigner belongs to an influential Mehsud family of Karachi and is the grandson of late senator Sakhi Jan. In 2016, he came to prominence after launching a protest campaign against the former provincial government. Khan would spray paint images of the then-chief minister on open manholes and scribble “Fix It,” to bring attention to the hazards.
One of his cousins, Saifur Rehman, is a member of the National Assembly also from the PTI. Rehman garnered attention following a campaign for the justice to Naqeebullah, an aspiring model from South Waziristan who was killed in a fake police encounter in January. His cousin won the neighbouring NA-242 constituency on July 25 general elections.
At first, the MQM-P decided to field Faisal Sabzwari for NA-243, but it changed the candidate and decided to put Amir Waliuddin Chishti in this contest. Chishti is the owner of a private hospital and the brother of MQM-P’s slain leader Khalid Bin Waleed.
PPP has fielded a less known Hakim Ali Jiskani on this seat. But PPP is running a lackluster campaign in this constituency.
The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan has awarded the ticket to Dr. Syed Nawazul Huda, a Ph.D. and statistician. The highly educated Syed Huda contested the general elections on July 25 but failed to convince the voters.
The campaign has failed to pick up the momentum so far. A low turnout is expected on this closely contested seat. The real contest will take place between PTI and MQM-P.
PTI has awarded ticket to Aftab Siddiqui. The other political parties have not yet awarded tickets to their candidates in NA-247. Dr. Arif Alvi defeated the senior leader of MQM-P Dr. Farooq Sattar with a big margin on July 25 elections. The by-election in this constituency will take place on October 21. TLP is expected to give tough time to both PTI and MQM-P.
This constituency mainly consists of posh areas of Defence and Clifton and lower middle class and poor areas of Mehmoodabad, Akhter Colony and surrounding areas.
(A detailed update of this constituency will be updated later).
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