A nail biting Pakistan Election 2018 contest is expected in Karachi NA-247 constituency on July 25.
Candidates of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Pakistan People’s Party, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal and Pak Sarzameen Party.
NA-247 is one of the two constituencies in Karachi’s South district, which has been created after combining former NA-249 and NA-250 seats in the fresh delimitation of constituencies.
MQM-P has been winning the NA-249 constituency elections since 2002, NA-250 has never been the stronghold of any political party as it rotated between candidates of MMA (in 2002 elections), MQM-P (2008) and PTI (2013).
During the Pakistan elections 2013, PTI’s Dr. Arif Alvi had emerged victorious from NA-250.
Total of 41 candidates are contesting in NA-247, where the number of registered voters is 543,964 including 294,713 male and 249,251.
PTI has again fielded Dr Arif Alvi in this constituency.
The PPP’s candidate from the NA- 247 constituency is Abdul Aziz Memon and MQM-P has fielded senior leader Dr Farooq Sattar. Both the candidates had earlier contested elections from the NA-249 constituency.
MMA has given ticket to Mohammed Hussain Mehanti and the PML-N has fielded Dr Afnan Ullah Khan, son of senior leader Mushahidullah Khan.
Mustafa Kamal led PSP has given ticket to Fauzia Kasuri from NA-247.
Tough challenge for NA- 247
PTI’s Dr. Arif Alvi might face a tough challenge this time particularly on account of two factors. Firstly, the wave the support that emerged during 2013 elections has somehow faded. Many voters from areas of Clifton and Defence have not yet registered as the voters.
The new delimitation of constituency will favor the PPP and MQM-P since both the parties enjoyed support of around 10,000-15,000 additional votes in some areas.
Candidate’s community background is an added advantage, as there are over 30,000 Memon votes in the constituency. The PPP candidate Abdul Aziz Memon, MMA’s Mohammad Hussain Mehanti and MQM-P’s Dr Farooq Sattar all are Memon.
However, some analysts believe that Dr Farooq Sattar may lose this seat.
In Kharadar and adjoining areas of NA- 247, the Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) is believed to have emerged as a new stakeholder. TLP’s city Chief Allama Syed Zaman Shah Jaffery is contesting from this seat.
Independent candidate Jibran Nasir trying his luck again from NA- 247. As low-income areas like Hijrat Colony will play an important role in the election, Mr. Jibran Nasir is focusing in the areas having concentration of Pakhtun voters.