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2013 Pakistan General Elections


2013 General Elections are going to be held on May 11, 2013. Less than twenty days remaining and every political party is trying to gain the maximum vote bank from all regions. Pakistan People’s Party (Parliamentarians)was the most successful party in 2008 General Elections held under the military regime of Gen. Pervaiz Musharaf. Second successful party was Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz group) (PML(N))followed by Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam group) (PML (Q)). Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Jamat-e-Islami did not take part in 2008 General Elections. Elected government first time in country’s history completed its tenure of five years during which almost every party changed it position except Pakistan People’s Party.
2013 General Elections are also based on regional powers like previous elections in which parties take lead in their own area. Sindh excluding Karachi and Hyderabad was dominated by Pakistan People’s Party and Karachi, Hyderabad duo was dominated by MQM while Punjab was dominated by Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was dominated by Awami National Party. Balochistan was dominated by PPPP and PML (Q) due to the boycott of Baluchistan National Party from elections in 2008.

In the picture above are shown the political strong of parties along with major cities of area and also shown the fortress cities of political parties. Click on the image to enlarge and get a closer view of political fortresses.

If we talk about Punjab, most populous province of Pakistan, it is divided in three regions furthermore, Northern Punjab (consisting Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelam, Chakwal), Central Punjab (consisting Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha) and Southern Punjab (consisting Multan, Bahawalpur, Muzzafargarh, Rahim Yar Khan). PML (N) is in clear dominance in northern and central Punjab with Lahore being its fortress city where only one or two seats are won by other parties even in worst PML era. But PML (N) never have been very strong in southern Punjab where PPPP and PML (Q) are in dominant position. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has its roots in Lahore and called the party of youth but it seems that PTI is more popular in cities than in rural areas. PTI will find tough time in cities like Lahore, Rawalpindi Gujranwala from PML (N) and in Multan and Bahawalpur area from PPPP. Jamat-e-Islami have won seats in Punjab also but this time it will be difficult for them too to win some seats in Punjab. Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (JUI) lead by Maulana Fazal-ul-Rehman will try to find some vote bank in Mianwali, Bhakkar and areas adjacent to Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa.

Sindh is th second most populous province of Pakistan and called the homeland to Pakistan People’s Party (Parliamentarians) but other political parties also have their political forts in Sindh including Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) centered in Karachi and Hyderabad and also bound to these two cities only. Other parties which previously have won seats in Sindh and claim the fortress in Sindh are National People’s Party (NPP) and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP). PML (N) is never recognized in Sindh. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf never took part in elections earlier but is believed to take some seats in Sindh also.
Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is dominated by Awami National Party (ANP) but will find tough time by JUI, JI, and PTI in Dera Ismael Khan and areas adjacant to FATA (Federally Administrated Tribal Areas). PPPP and PML (N) were never very strong in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa but found little success in their peak times.
Balochistan is the biggest province of Pakistan in terms of area but has less population than any other province. Balochistan National Party is the home party of the province but PPPP and PML (Q) found most success in 2008 general elections but failure to missing persons case, Bugti case and Shia’ts killings in five years of PPPP, PML (Q) coalition killed the hopes of Balochis. BNP is believed to gain more success in the area than any other party and also PML (N) may gain success keeping the fact in the mind that Bugti tribe was in favor of PML (N) and also PML (N) was in opposition for most of the time in federal government.
Gilgit-Baltistan is an autonomous territorial area gained its current status in 2009 from Federally Administrated Northern Areas. Balawaristan National Front is the local party but in 2009 lagislative assembly of Gilgit-Baltistan while PPPP and PML (N) were most successful parties in the area in 2009 assembly.
Many think tanks are saying that this election is going to be vital for the fate of country as country is on the verge of destruction or civil war due to inflation, hunger, energy crises and unemployment. In my opinion, none of the current political party has the vision but they all want to grab what is remaining and suck the last drop blood from veins of people. Prayers are to save the country and destroy the unfaithful politicians.
Vote for Change, Vote for faithful, Vote for God Fearer whoever is he.

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