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A lowdown on Rawalpindi Division’s election results

  • February 17, 2024

Polls in garrison town turn controversial after startling revelation by Commissioner Chatha about rigging under his watch

Shahida Praveen, 55, a voter, registers herself before casting her vote at a polling station during the general election in Rawalpindi, February 8, 2024. — Reuters
Shahida Praveen, 55, a voter, registers herself before casting her vote at a polling station during the general election in Rawalpindi, February 8, 2024. — Reuters

While uncertainty around the outcome of the February 8 general elections and following government formation prevails, the polls in the Rawalpindi Division turned controversial after startling revelations by Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chatha of “rigging” under his watch.

In a dramatic development, Chatha Saturday tendered his resignation, which he said was out of “guilty conscience” for abetting large-scale electoral rigging in the garrison city further raising the political mercury in the country.

The division under question comprises 13 National Assembly seats and 26 provincial seats.

Here is a lowdown on all the national and provincial constituencies in Rawalpindi Division and the candidates who won on them.

  • District Jhelum has two NA and three provincial assembly seats.
  • District Attock has two NA and five provincial assembly seats.
  • District Chakwal has two NA and four provincial assembly seats.
  • District Rawalpindi has six NA and 12 provincial assembly seats.
  • District Rawalpindi-cum-Murree has one NA and two provincial assembly seats.

Successful candidates:

  • NA-49 Attock — PML-N’s Sheikh Aftab Ahmed
  • NA-50 Attock — PML-N’s Malik Sohail Khan
  • NA-51 Rawalpindi-cum-Murree — PML-N’s Raja Osama Sarwar
  • NA-52 Rawalpindi 1 — PPP’s Raja Parvez Ashraf
  • NA-53 Rawalpindi 2 — PML-N’s Raja Qamar-ul-Islam
  • NA-54 Rawalpindi 3 — Independent candidate Aqeel Malik
  • NA-55 Rawalpindi 4 — PML-N’s Malik Ibrar
  • NA-56 Rawalpindi 5 — PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi
  • NA-57 Rawalpindi 6 — PML-N’s Danyal Chaudhry
  • NA-58 Chakwal — PML-N’s Tahir Iqbal
  • NA-59 Talagang-cum-Chakwal — PML-N’s Sardar Ghulam Abbasi
  • NA-60 Jhelum 1 — PML-N’s Bilal Azhar Kayani
  • NA-61 Jhelum 2 — PML-N’s Chaudhary Farrukh Altaf

Addressing a press conference at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Chatha announced to step down from his position, admitting he did injustice to the people of his city.

The claims made by Chatha were rejected by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and met with severe criticism from PML-N and the Punjab government. 

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf welcomed the development and the Pakistan Peoples Party demanded a probe into the matter.  

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