NA 54 Rawalpindi Texila Elections 2024
A bout that has overtaken the mainstream parties in the area is scheduled to take place in the NA-54 seat (Rawalpindi-III) in Taxila. This battle is expected to be a neck-and-neck contest between former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and former aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan.
In 2018, Chaudhry Nisar, following a disagreement with the PML-N, ran for election as an independent candidate. He is continuing to run for election as an independent candidate this time around as well. The newly formed Independent People’s Party (IPP) has chosen Sarwar Khan as its candidate.
Although Chaudhry Nisar Ali also conducted power shows in Chakri, Taxila, and Wah, the election campaign has begun to pick up steam in the constituency. Sarwar Khan hosted an IPP workers’ convention, which included the participation of Jahangir Tareen and Aleem Khan, who are the party’s patron-in-chief.
If Sarwar Khan is considered a “turncoat” for switching his allegiances, then Nisar Ali Khan, who has been aloof throughout the previous three years, would also have a difficult time in the race. Apart from these two heavyweights, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have also announced their candidates for the NA-54 seat. However, political experts say that these parties could only make a small dent in the vote bank of the senior politicians. In the NA-54 election, Taimoor Masood Akbar will be the candidate representing the PTI, while Barrister Aqeel Malik will be the candidate representing the PML-N.
Since both of these archrivals have also begun their “second generation” of political careers, political observers believe that a fierce battle between the two candidates will determine the political destiny of this constituency. In the last general election, which took place in 2018, the constituency was renamed NA-63 (Rawalpindi VII), and Ghulam Sarwar Khan won with 100,986 votes, over the independent candidate Chaudhry Nisar, who received 65,767 votes.
Mansoor Hayat Khan, Mr. Sarwar’s son, was subsequently elected on a PTI ticket by earning 71,782 votes, which was in contrast to the PML-N candidate, who received 45,490 votes. At the time, Mr. Sarwar, who had won the election from two constituencies, chose to keep the other constituency. The by-elections were not contested by Ch. Nisar. The expected confrontation between Sarwar and Nisar on February 8 is going to overshadow all of the other contests, despite the fact that there are a lot of people who are interested in the seat.