CHITRAL: The PPP may consider a new face among its workers possibly from upper Chitral as a candidate for the National Assembly (NA-1) Chitral in the forthcoming general elections.
After the delimitation of constituencies based on the 2017 census, Chitral is left with one national and one provincial assembly seats.
Sources in the PPP told ChitralToday that the party had decided at the local level that tickets would be given for the one NA and one KP assembly seats of Chitral to candidates belonging to both the Sunni and Ismaili communities of Chitral. So if the ticket for the NA seat is given to a candidate from the Sunni community, the provincial assembly seat ticket will go to a candidate from the Ismaili community.
The sources said incumbent MPA Salim Khan from lower Chitral was set to be given ticket for the provincial assembly seat. In this case, the ticket for the NA seat would be given to a candidate from the Sunni community.
The sources said Salim Khan had tried his best to persuade the party high command to allocate him the provincial assembly ticket. He was against running for the NA seat in pair with former MPA Ghulam Muhammad, another hopeful for the PPP ticket for the PA seat, fearing that GM and his voters would ditch him and vote for Shahzada Iftikharuddin.
ChitralToday has also learnt that GM was not ready to become a candidate for the NA seat against Shahzada Iftikhar due to his old relations with the family of the incumbent MNA. If the PA seat is given to Salim Khan and GM withdraws from any future election race, the PPP will be left with a limited choice of candidates.
It has been learnt that some circles in the local PPP were in favour of giving the NA ticket to PPP activist Muhammad Pervez Lal from Booni. They were of the view that being a new face and old PPP activist Mr Pervez would not only be acceptable for the workers and supporters of the party but would also pull the votes of his Rizakhel clan.
Mr Pervez has been active in the party affairs and is currently holding the post of information secretary PPP upper Chitral. He has also actively participated in public mobilization drives under the banner of Tehreek Huqooq-e-Awam.
Old PPP workers have always opposed to giving ticket to newcomers. Besides GM who joined the PPP recently, Fazle Rabbi, another newcomer to the PPP, is also considered a potential candidate for a ticket.
However, a PPP leader in Chitral said nothing had been finalized for the distribution of tickets and a final decision would be taken by the party leadership in consultation with the local chapters of the party.