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PML(N) openly displaying weapons in polling station
DG Khan by election. PML-N workers show weapon & interrupt polling process in different polling stations. The two seats of the provincial legislature — PP-243 and 245 — fell vacant due to the resignation of PML-Q legislator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari and senior adviser to the Punjab chief minister, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, due to their elevation to the Upper House of the parliament — Senate.
In the by-election in PP 243, the son of veteran politician Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Hasamuddin Khosa, is PML-N candidate.
No other political party has fielded its candidate here but an independent candidate, Imtiaz Leghari, is contesting against him. The reason is very obvious that the political parties have no influence here rather tribal rivalry decides the fate of any candidate. The whole district houses different tribes but the two major are ‘Leghari’ and ‘Khosa’ and since decades the persons belonging to these two tribes had been elected from here. The constituency of PP-243 is always won by ‘Khosa’ tribe and chief of this tribe, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa, was elected from this constituency. He has unique distinction of being elected nine consecutive times from this constituency. This time Legharis are very optimistic about their win from here.
The interesting fact is that all Legharis are participating in the process as many of them have joined the PTI of Imran Khan that is against taking part in the election. Sardar Jamal Khan Leghari is an example. MNA Awais Leghari, however, is burning midnight oil for the win of a Leghari in the area. Despite all these facts the situation is in favour of the PML-N candidate due to Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa and if an upset does not take place the seat will be won by his son Hassamuddin Khosa.
The other constituency of the district – PP-245 – is spread over villages and away from the city and its story is not different from the PP-243. This seat is always won by Legharis. It is ancestral seat of former president Sardar Farooq Khan Leghari and his son, Awais Khan Leghari. In the recent past, the seat was occupied by Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari who got elected first time in 2003 by-elections as the seat fell vacant due to the resignation of his uncle, former president Sardar Farooq Khan Leghari, who took oath as member of the National Assembly. Mohsin returned to the Punjab Assembly in 2008. Before this, the seat had been won by another Leghari, Colonel Rafique Haider Khan Leghari for two terms — 1993 to 1996 and 1997 to 1999.