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ECP finalises April 13 as re-polling day in upper Chitral

ISLAMABAD, March 4: All the hopes to reschedule the April 13 re-polling in the seven controversial polling stations of PK-90 upper Chitral were shattered after a commission constituted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) stuck to the date set earlier. ecpWell-placed sources in the ECP told ChitralToday that the commission was formed after the suspended MPA Ghulam Muhammad and his runner-up Sardar Hussain objected to the unnecessary delay being caused in holding the polls. In two separate applications filed with the provincial election commission in Peshawar, the duo had demanded early re-election in the seven polling stations, saying the inordinate delay was adding to the miseries of people as they had been without any representatives for the last several months. But the sources privy to the development maintained that the two contradictory proposals sent by district returning officer (DRO) Chitral for holding the repelling were the main reasons to uphold the ECP notification for holding the repelling on April 13. The DRO had sent two different proposals for re-elections in the polling stations. He first proposed to hold the polling in April, saying people in the area had left their homes due to heavy snowfall. Later, he contradicted his own proposal, saying March would be appropriate for the election. This is necessary to clarify that there is no place in Chitral where people leave their homes in the winter due to snowfall. However, the sources at the ECP who declined to be named said the contradiction in DRO’s recommendations forced the ECP to uphold his earlier proposal to go for elections in April. “Why did you say that people have left homes and then all of a sudden you negate your own proposal…it means you are trying to mislead us which is not acceptable,” said a top ECP official who wished not to be named. He also maintained that the delay was caused due to negligence of both Ghulam Muhammad and Sardar Hussain who did not bother to follow the polling plan which paved the way for their opponents to exploit the situation and get a date of their choice. “It was your job to keep in touch with the DRO and tell him about the election date which suits you or else you must stop crying once the date has been fixed,” he contended. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has carried the proposed cause list for the month of March. But interestingly this time too the PTI petition is missing from the cause list. At the same time, background discussions with people belonging to different walks of life revealed that All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) of Gen Pervez Musharraf was still the most popular political party in the rugged mountains. Some insiders claimed that the former president was contemplating to send his representative to the district before the re-elections as the party believes Chitral is its stronghold from it had already managed to clinch two seats despite election boycott. The love for Gen Musharraf in Chitral is considered to be a ‘junoon’ for many and some outspoken women like Shahida Sehar have expressed their undying love for her leader, with a clear message to sacrifice her life for the hot-headed commando. “If this is not junoon, jazba, wafadari and above all acknowledgement to the services of Gen Msuharraf, what else will you name? It’s more enough than to prove the popularity of Gen Musharraf with a clear-cut message to his political opponents in the valley,” said Mustansir, a diehard supporter of Gen Musharraf who regularly attends the hearing of politically motivated cases against him with a placard inscribed with words “Musharraf terei jaan nisar, Beshumar, Beshumar.”]]>

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  1. Yasmeen Ali, Chitral says

    The PPP walas seem quite perturbed to see growing popularity of mohsin e Chitral General Pervez Musharraf. I would like to tell them that the days are gone when Bhutto used to rule over the hearts and minds of every Chitrali. The rampant corruption as well as exit of PPP jiyalas like Rehmat Ghazi of PTI, who used to declare himself as brother of Benazir Bhutto, is just one example that the party has lost its popularity in the district. As far as PTI is concerned it has no future in Chitral at all as the party has no leadership who can lead the people.
    The only popular leader in Chitral is Gen Pervez Musharraf who is as popular like Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto used to be in early 80s. We pray Allah almighty to help him come out clean in all the politically motivated cases against him. The people of Chitral love Musharraf and we do not care whether it is Ghulam Muahammad, Iftikharuddin or anybody else because this is what we’d seen in the past. People voted Nusrat Bhutto, Shehzadi Suleman, Ghafoor Shah, etc, who in no way deserved to be voted but people elected him due to Bhutto. Now our Bhutto, our BB is Gen Pervez Musharraf. This is a fact and nobody can ever deny it that it is Gen Musharraf who help Chitralis in so many ways. He opened Lowari tunnel for us. And again it is because of him so many Chitrali boys got commissioned in Pakistan Army. Before Musharraf took over, there were hardly some safarshi officers in Pakistan army. Now there are examples that two real brothers from Ghoru village got commissioned in the army which could not have have become possible if Musharraf had not relaxed the rules for Chitralis. So the need of the hour is that the political lot of the valley must not forget their past.

  2. Shafiq Ahmad says

    We already have representation in the opposition benches in National Assembly and provincial assembly, so this time we must send a representative to the treasury benches.

  3. A Musharraf diehard says

    Woh zilzilon, toofanon sei b dat k lara hei
    Ub tak woh chitanon ki tareh jam k khara hei
    Is deis pe hei Allah ki taayeed Musharraf
    Is mulk ki hei aakhri umeed Musharraf

  4. Peerzada says

    First fiscal year is going to the end. Not a single development project could be started in the whole constituency.

  5. Saqib Bhutto says

    Lazim hai k ham b dekhenge
    Jab Zulfiqaar Ali Bhutto ko Shaheed kar dia gia to Chitral Me five jiyalon ne khodsozi ki, 15 Chitralion ko 10 10 kore mara gia, 6 chitralion ko 4 4 sal qaid kia gia.
    Ab jab Musharraf sahib ko phansi par latkaya jaye ga to kitne junoni honge jo khodkoshi karenge, muje nehi lagta kion k inka sarghana Iftikhar PML-N me jane k liye betab hai.
    Bechare haji aor iske hawarion ko N leage me jaga na mili aor ye jamat ulama me apne liye jaga dhond rehe hen. Baqi jo log apne majazi khoda se wafa na kare musharraf pe kia marenge.

    1. Noor Arab says

      Khodsozi kar kay konsa acha kaam kiya. Islam may khudkushi ko achay alfaz may yaad karna koi acha amal nahi. Woh ziyada behtar hota kay awam roadon pay nikelta aur bullet chest pay khata to koi haq aur sadaqat kay liye mara gaya keh kar yaad kiya bhi jata. Jinhon nay jail katay, sakhtiyan jhelay woh jiyalay kehlanay kay mustahiq hain. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto aur Benazir tak ham bhi PPP kay nazriat kay saat hi thay magar ab Zardari league say koi tawaqa nahi hay.

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