Introduction of the district
The Mohmand district takes its name from the Mohmand Tribe, which inhabits the area. The district with the total area of 2,296 square kilometer, is bordered in the north with the Bajaur district, in the east with the Malakand district and Charsadda district, in the south-east with Peshawar district, in the south with Khyber district and in the west with Afghanistan. Mohmand district is geographically sub divided for administrative convenience into upper and lower Mohmand areas. The district is divided into seven Tehsils, Halimzai, Painiali, Safi, Upper Mohmand, Barangg Khar, Yakaghund and Ambar.
Mohmand district is an area of rugged mountains with barren slopes. Most of the area is mountainous, with brown Rocky Mountains and little vegetation. Land use data from 2007-08 shows that 11.5% of the total geographic area of Mohmand district is cultivated, while more than 82% of the land is not available for cultivation. This puts intense pressure on the available agricultural land and creates food insecurity in the agency.
Two provincial assembly seats in Mohmand
There are two provincial assembly seats in Mohmand. PK- 103 and PK- 104 are consists of Mohmand district. All the major political parties have fielded candidates on both seats. PTI is facing problems on the issue of party tickets. Some senior PTI leaders are contesting the elections as independent candidates. Mohmand district is likely to see close election, especially due to differences among the PTI workers and leadership over the nomination of candidates. The disgruntled leaders include Sadiq Khan, Mohammad Israr Safi, Maulana Amirullah Junaidi and Taj Khan.
There seems to be a close contest between PTI, JUI-F, JI, ANP, and PPP, independent and PML-N candidates. It is difficult to predict the winner but PTI seems to have an edge over its rivals.
The PTI first issued election ticket to Sadiq Khan but that was cancelled afterward as Sadiq Khan turned out to be a government employee. The ruling PTI awarded ticket for the PK-103 Mohmand-I election to Hafiz Rahim Shah. The ruling party later named Mohammad Israr Safi as its candidate for PK-104 seat.
The PML-N nominated election ticket to Haji Tahir Khan Mohmand for the PK-104 seat but it didn’t field any candidate in the PK-103 constituency. Maulana Mohammad Arif Haqqani will contest in PK-104 as the JUI-F nominee, while Maulana Gulab Noor is the JUI-F candidate for the PK-103 seat.
Maulana Mohammad Arif Haqqani will contest in PK-104 as the JUI-F nominee. The PPPP has awarded election tickets to Arshad Khan for PK-103 constituency and Israil Khan for PK-104 constituency.
The ANP has fielded Nisar Ahmad to contest election in PK-103 and Hazrat Khan in PK-104. The Jamaat awarded tickets to Mohammad Saeed Khan for PK-104 seat and Haji Fazli Raziq for PK-103. The independent candidates included brother of Senator Abbas Rehman and former senator Abdur Rehman.
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27 September, 2019