PTI chief and prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan had campaigned vigorously against family dominated dynastic politics since he founded his political party in 1996. He opposed the dynasties in the Pakistani politics for years. He campaigned against Sharif and Bhutto families for promoting their family members in the politics. He always takes a credit against resisting these dynastic politics for nearly 22.
Imran Khan always gives his own example that his family members are not office holder of his party. But he never accepted the fact that he himself is chairman of PTI since 1996. He also forgets that his family was not involved in the politics before he launched his own party 22 years ago. Even he failed to discourage the dynastic politics in his party. The matter of the fact is that PTI is playing its role in strengthening the dynastic politics in Pakistan.
It seems that he is helpless in stopping his party leaders from consolidating their own dynasties. Most of the PTI leaders have their representation in both national and provincial assemblies. Most of the traditional political families won more than one seat in the July 25 elections. The Tarkai, Gandapur, Khattak, Asad Qaiser, Arbabs and Shah Farman families are trying to strengthen their grip on the politics in their respective districts and constituencies. Let’s start from Pervez Khattak family of Nowshera.
Former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister and now defense minister Pervez Khattak is the best example of this dynastic politics. He has fielded his brother Liaqat Khattak and son Ibrahim Khattak to contest the by-election from Nowshera district on the two provincial assembly seats that he has vacated.
Pervez Khattak decided to keep the National Assembly seat that he also won in the July 25 general election. If his brother and son win the by-election, Pervez Khattak would have laid the foundation of apparently Pakistan’s biggest political dynasty. Already, his son-in-law Dr. Imran Khattak is the elected PTI MNA from Nowshera. Pervez Khattak family already occupies 5 national and provincial seats. If his brother and son win their respective provincial assembly seats in the by-elections, the total strength of his family members in the assemblies will be 7.
I don’t remember that any other political family ever enjoyed such a political clout and representation in the assemblies like the Khattak family. But PM Imran Khan has no problem with that. It is a crime when Sharif and Bhutto’s families occupy more than one seat of the assemblies. Sharif family had 4 members of their family in the national assembly in the 1990s. Bhutto/Zardari family now has 5 members in the national and provincial assemblies.
Two close relatives of Pervez Khattak were elected MNAs on the PTI ticket on seats reserved for women. At present, Pervez Khattak brother Liaqat Khattak is the Nowshera District Nazim. One of his nephews is Tehsil Nazim in Nowshera. Once Liaqat Khattak and Ibrahim Khattak win the provincial assembly seats in the by-elections, one of them will most likely be included in the provincial cabinet.
Former speaker KPK assembly and current speaker national assemblyAsad Qaiser has got the party ticket for his brother Aqibullah to contest the by-polls on the provincial assembly seat vacated by him in Swabi district. After the 2013 general election, Asad Qaiser had won a National Assembly and a KP Assembly seat from Swabi. On that occasion, he gave up his National Assembly seat and got his same younger brother, Aqibullah, elected as MNA after managing to get him the PTI ticket.
Former provincial minister KPK and sitting MNA Ali Amin Gandapur has successfully got the PTI ticket for his brother Faisal Amin to contest the KP Assembly seat For the by-election on PK-97 Dera Ismail Khan vacated by him.
For the PK-3 Swat constituency, Chief Minister Mahmoud Khan’s brother Ahmad Khan is also a candidate to contest by-election The KP Assembly seat, PK-3 Swat has been vacated by Dr. Haider Ali, who had also won the National Assembly seat and has kept it.
In the by-election on PK-7 Swat, which has been vacated by Dr. Amjad Ali who won two provincial assembly seats, one of the leading aspirants for the PTI ticket is Haji Fazal Maula. He is a relative of PTI MNA Murad Saeed, who retained his National Assembly seat from Swat in the recent polls.
For the by-election on PK-99 Dera Ismail Khan on which polling was postponed when PTI candidate Sardar Ikramullah Gandapur was martyred in a suicide bombing, his son Sardar Aghaz Khan has been given the party ticket to contest the election. Ikramullah Gandapur was a provincial minister in the previous PTI government. His younger brother Sardar Israrullah Gandapur, who was also a provincial minister, too was martyred in a suicide attack.
Former provincial minister KPK Shah Farman is also vacating his provincial assembly seat in Peshawar after being nominated as the Governor of KP, he wants to put his brother on his seat in a by-election.
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16 July, 2019