~Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo~

~Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo~

Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo

Federal Minister for Industries & Production, Ex Chief Misnister of Punjab,
Born: N/A
Profession: Politician
Affiliation(s): Paksitan Peoples Party

Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo is a Pakistani politician who has been part of the country’s political landscape for well over thirty years. In May 2008, Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo left Pakistan Muslim League (Jinnah) and joined Pakistan Peoples Party.He has been appointed as the advisor to the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani later upgraded to Federal Minister.

Speaker of Punjab Assembly

He was first elected, in 1985, the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab, the largest province of Pakistan. Thrice elected for the same office.

Chief Misnister of Punjab

He secured the office of the Chief Minister of Punjab in 1993 on the PML (Junejo) ticket after a vote of no-confidence in the Punjab legislature against PML (Nawaz)’s serving chief minister Ghulam Haider Wayne.

A tug of war between Wattoo and Nawaz

After a tug of war between Wattoo and Nawaz Sharif, the then restored (by Supreme Court) Prime Minister of Pakistan and head of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), all assemblies were dissolved.

Chief Minsister of Punjab

After a fresh election, Wattoo was elected the Chief Minister of Punjab again on PML (Junejo) ticket, ruling a coalition comprising chiefly of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), PML (Junejo), minorities, and some independents.

Painted corrupt by the PPP, PML (N), he was removed from the office of Chief Minister only to be restored to office a year later in 1996 by the High Court. Corruption allegations and court proceedings were started against Wattoo by arch rival and then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of the PML(N), Mian Manzoor Wattoo was sentenced by an Accountability court to more than ten years in imprisonment besides being fined ten million rupees only later to be set aside by the courts in Pakistan.

Pakistan Muslim League (Jinnah)

It was in 1995 that Wattoo formed his own PML (Jinnah), when he parted ways with his cousin Hamid Nasir Chattha who wanted to be the president of PML (Junejo), which Wattoo was previously a part of. The differences cropped up in the same year when Wattoo was removed as the Punjab Chief Minister in the power struggle between the province (headed by PML (Junejo) and the center (headed by rival PPP), leading Arif Nakai another PML (Junejo) candidate to be the new Chief Minister.

Khurram Jahangir Wattoo

Amid mounting tensions within his district between his faction and his rival Syed Afzal Ali Gillani, his son Khurram Jahangir Wattoo was elected the Nazim of the populous tehsil of Dipalpur. Widely regarded as an astute politician, almost having never miscalculated any political situation besides trying to reconcile with his arch rival Mian Nawaz Sharif, Manzoor Wattoo was initially released on bail later to be exonerated of any wrongdoing. Earlier convictions were set aside and he was allowed to run for any public office.

Mergein Pakistan Muslim League (Jinnah) in PML (Q)

His daughter Rubina Shaheen Wattoo served as a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the PML(Q). He actively began taking part in politics and soon became a close ally of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. Having merged his political party, Pakistan Muslim League (Jinnah), in to the ruling PML (Q) on presidential advice, he was made the Senior Vice President of the ruling party. His relations with the party’s leadership remained sour from the beginning, who tried at marginalizing Wattoo and anyone associated with his person.

Left the PML(Q)

Mian Manzoor Wattoo remained part of the ruling PML (Q) until November 2007, despite differences with the party leaders Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and the Punjab Chief Minister, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi who suffered heavily under Wattoo’s reign in Punjab in 1993-95.With the upcoming elections Mian Manzoor Wattoo left the PML(Q) due to differences in seat allocations for his constituencies and decided to run as an independent candidate along with the former local PML(Q) branch of Dipalpur.

Join Pakistan Peoples Party

Mian Manzoor Wattoo announced to join Pakistan Peoples Party on May 29, 2008 along with party members in Islamabad.

Federal Minister for Industries & Production

Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo served as Federal Minister for Industries & Production in the PPP government of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and in November 2009, his portfolio was changed and he became Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas.

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~Many ‘upsets’ in largest by-polls~

~Many ‘upsets’ in largest by-polls~

The voting in 41 constituencies of National and provincial assemblies concluded amid low turnout as compared to general election.

The by-election proved a nightmare for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as the party suffered a setback on two important constituencies – NA-1 Peshawar and NA-71 Mianwali – which were won by its chairman Imran Khan in the general election.

The ANP and PML-N routed the PTI badly in Peshawar and Mianwali by winning the seats there, respectively.

The PML-N also suffered a setback in DG Khan and Rajanpur where PTI candidates won the provincial constituencies of Punjab, which were vacated by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and PML-N’s stalwart Sardar Zaulfiqar Khan Khosa after general elections.

The ANP, wiped out in May 11 polls, inflicted a big defeat on PTI when its candidate Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour defeated PTI’s Gul Badshah Khan. Bilour was knocked out by Imran Khan by a huge margin in the general election in May this year.

The PPP, which performed poorly in Punjab during general election, made inroads again in the province as it won a key National Assembly constituency in Muzaffargarh – its candidate Noor Rabbani Khar defeated Javed Dasti, the brother of MNA Jamshed Dasti.

Another key achievement for the PPP came from Okara when Jahangir Watto, the son of PPP Punjab President Manzoor Wattoo, grabbed the provincial assembly seat, won by PML-N in the general election.

For the PTI, the two prized seats came in the shape of provincial assembly seats in DG Khan and Rajanpur where its candidates snatched the seats from the PML-N. However, the loss of Mianwali seat to the PML-N came as a setback for the PTI as it was the home constituency of Imran Khan.

The PML-N maintained its grip in Punjab by winning five National Assembly seats in Lahore, Mianwali, Hafizabad, Faisalabad and Sargodha. The party also emerged victorious on most of provincial seats in Punjab.

The PPP, apart from clinching the Muzaffargarh seat, also won two National Assembly seats in Sindh.

The PPP’s Shazia Marri secured a victory over Khuda Bux Dars of PML-F.

The PPP also grabbed the National Assembly seat in Thata where its candidate Shamsun Nisa defeated the PML-N’s Riaz Hussain Sherazi. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement retained its hold on Karachi and the city area of Mirpurkhas where its candidates defeated the rival candidates comprehensively. Ali Arshad of the MQM also secured an easy victory over his rivals in NA-254.

In Balochistan, the Pakhtunkhwa Awami Milli Party (PkMAP) again grabbed a National Assembly seat, which was vacated by its chief Mahmood Khan Ackakzai after general elections.

In NA-48 constituency of Islamabad, the PTI retained the seat, which was won by Javed Hashmi in the general poll. The PTI’s Asad Umar defeated the PML-N’s Ashraf Gujar in this constituency. For the 15 National Assembly seats on which bye-polls were held, the PML-N won five seats followed by PPP three and PTI two seats. The ANP, PkMAP and MQM won one seat each for the National Assembly. The result of NA-5 and NA-27 were withheld.

Earlier, the voting begun at 8am and concluded at 5pm on Thursday. The Election Commission of Pakistan refused to extend the polling time. However, the voters present in the premises of the polling stations were allowed to cast their votes.

An ECP official said the polling was conducted in an orderly manner and peaceful atmosphere throughout the country as foolproof security arrangements were made.

Army and police contingents had been deployed at polling stations to maintain law and order during elections. Voters turn out in the by-election remained low as compared to general elections. The participation was sluggish right from the onset of polling, showing little interest of general public.

~Pakistan By-Elections 2013~

~Pakistan By-Elections 2013~

t is intersting to note that the highest voter turnout was recorded in Balochistan’s Jhal Magsi constituency at 70.06 per cent whereas the lowest turnout was recorded in Silakot at 18 per cent.

According to the official by-election results released by the ECP:

National Assembly

PML-N’s Mian Abdul Manan won Faisalabad’s NA-83 seat against PTI’s Faizullah Kamoka by securing 47,107 votes.

Similarly, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti of PML-N won the by-poll in Hafizabad’s NA-103 constituency against PTI competitor Shaukat Ali Bhatti by securing 78,113 votes.

PML-N’s Shazia Mubashar defeated Muhammad Manshu Sindhu of PTI in Lahore’s NA-129 constituency by securing 44,894 votes.

PTI’s Aqibullah won the NA-13 seat in Swabi against Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F)’s candidate Maulana Atta-ul-Haq with 43,333 votes.

PPP’s Shamasunnisa won the NA-237 seat in Thatta by securing 84,819 votes against Syed Riaz Shah of PML-N.

Muhammad Ali Rashid of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was declared winner over PTI competitor Muhammad Naeem in Karachi’s NA-254 constituency. The MQM candidate secured 53,045 votes.

The ANP improved its presence in the NA as former railways minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour defeated PTI’s Gul Badshah on the Peshawar seat (NA-1) that had been won by Imran Khan in May. The ANP candidate bagged 34,386 votes.

The PTI retained its NA seat from the federal capital (NA-48) that had been vacated by Makhdoom Javed Hashmi. PTI’s Asad Umar managed to retain the seat by defeating PML-N’s Ashraf Gujjar with 48,073 votes.

PML-N’s Sardar Shafqat Hayat Khan won the NA-68 (Sargodha) seat that had been vacated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by securing 67,888 votes against independent candidate Javaid Hasnain Shah.

Similarly, PML-N’s Obaidullah Shadikhel provided a major shock to the PTI in Mianwali’s NA-71 constituency by winning the home seat of Imran Khan with 95,210 votes against PTI’s Malik Waheed Khan.

In Muzaffargarh (NA-177), PPP’s Malik Noor Rabbani Khar won the seat that had been vacated by Jamshed Dasti who had won as an independent candidate. The PPP candidate bagged 69,903 votes.

The election commission ordered re-polling in two NA constituencies on a directive of the high court after reports that women had been barred from voting in NA-5 Nowshera and NA-27 Lakki Marwat.

Punjab Assembly

Chaudhry Sarfaraz Afzal of PML-N won Rawalpindi’s PP-6 seat against PTI competitor Wasiq Qayum Abbassi by securing 30,588 votes.

Similarly, PML-N’s Azad Ali Tabassum won in Faisalabad’s PP-51 constituency defeating Muhammad Ajmal Cheema of PTI with 39,676 votes.

PML-N’s Akhtar Abbas Bosal won the by-election in MB Din III’s PP-118 constituency with 31,572 votes against PTI candidate Liaquat Ali Ranjha.

PML-N candidate Khawaja Muhammad Manshaullah Butt won Sialkot’s PP-123 seat defeating Muhammad Dawood Khan of PTI with 21,963 votes.

Khawaja Salman Rafiq of PML-N won the PP-142 seat in Lahore against PTI candidate Waqar Ahmed with 17,369 votes.

PML-N’s Mian Marghoob Ahmed defeated Mehr Wajid Azeem of PTI in Lahore’s PP-150 constituency by securing 18,870 votes.

Chaudhry Gulzar Ahmed Gujjar won in Lahore’s PP-161 constituency against PTI candidate Chaudhry Khalid Mehmood Gujjar by bagging 27,788 votes.

Khurram Jehangir Wattoo of PPP won the PP-193 seat in Oakara against PML-N candidate Noor-ul Amin Watoo with 35,065 votes.

PML-N’s M. Zubair Khan won the PP-210 seat in Lodhran against PTI candidate Syed Khursheed Khan by securing 36,788 votes.

Rana Babar of PML-N won Khanewal’s PP-217 seat against PTI candidate Maqsood Alam with 49,402 votes.

PTI candidate Ahmed Ali Khan Darishak won in DG Khan’s PP-243 constituency against Sardar Ashsamuddin of PML-N by bagging 23,099 votes.

Sardar Ali Raza Khan Darishak of PTI won the PP-247 seat in Rajanpur defeating PML-N candidate Abdul Qadir Khan by securing 46,239 votes.

Hamid Nawaz of PML-N was declared winner over PPP competitor Irshad Ahmed Khan in Muzaffargarh’s PP-254 constituency. The PML-N candidate bagged 23,182 votes.

Raees Mahmood defeated Mian Muhammad Aslam in Rahim Yar Khan’s PP-289 constituency by bagging 30,687 votes.

PPP’s Makhdoom Syed Ali Akbar win the by-poll in Rahim Yar Khan’s PP-292 constituency by defeating Maulvi Tariq Chohan with 41,874 votes.

Sindh Assembly

PPP’s Abid Hussain Bhaio won the polls receiving 34,719 votes from PS-12 Shikarpur-II constituency of Sindh. Independent candidate Ameer Ali Jatoi secured the second highest number of votes.

Dr Zafar Ali Kamali belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) secured 29,969 votes and won the by-polls from PS-64 Mirpurkhas-I constituency of Sindh defeating PPP’s Abdul Saeed Qureshi. Elections were earlier delayed in the constituency due to the passing away of a candidate before the May 2013 elections.

Another MQM candidate Muhammad Hussain Khan grabbed 43,304 votes from Karachi’s PS-95 constituency followed by PPP’s Muhammad Jamil Zia who received 1,934 votes. Polling was postponed during the May 2013 elections in the constituency after a PPP candidate was gunned down.

Muhammad Abdul Rauf Siddiqui also belonging to the MQM won with 24,084 votes from PS-103 constituency of Karachi followed by PTI’s Sultan Ahmed with 4,124 votes.

Balochistan assembly

Haji Muhammad Khan Lehri of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) secured 19,512 votes winning the by-election from Balcohistan’s Nasirabad PB-29 constituency. He was followed by independent candidateMir Muhammad Amin Umrani.

In Jhal Magsi’s PB-32 constituency Nawabzada Tariq Magsi, an independent candidate was announced winner with 26,242 votes. PML-N backed Sardar Dhani Baksh Lashari 3.861 secured the second highest number of votes.

Prince Ahmad Ali, another PML-N candidate received 28,180 votes from PB-44 Lasbela constituency and was declared as the winner. PPP’s Nasrullah Roonja was at second place.

Khyber Pakhtunkwa assembly

Awami National Party’s (ANP)’s Ahmad Khan Bahadur received 13,606 votes and was declared as winner in PK-23 Mardan constituency with PTI’s Umer Farooq at second place with 12,869 votes.

Jamshed Khan, an independent candidate secured 26,699 votes from Mardan’s PK-27 constituency whereas Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) candidate Fazal Rabbani was runners up with 10,484 votes.

Another independent candidate Shah Faisal Khan won the by-polls in Hangu’s PK-42 constituency with 38,391 votes whereas Syed Hussain, also an independent candidate was at second place.

Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) backed Azam Khan Durrani bagged 24,291 to win the by-polls held in Bannu’s PK-70 constituency, followed by PTI’s Malik Adnan Khan at second place.

~SANAM BHUTTO~

~SANAM BHUTTO~

Sanam Bhutto (born 1957) is the younger sister of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. She is the only surviving child of the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Begum Nusrat Bhutto. She has been suggested as a potential leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party to replace her assassinated sister Benazir.[1] However, media sources indicate that Sanam Bhutto is not interested in a career in politics so.[2] Sanam was educated at Harvard University. She was married to Nasir Hussain, the son of a 1940s Diwan of the former princely state of Junagarh like her grandfather Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto.Although the couple is now divorced, according to the 30 July 2003 Sentencing Order passed by the Swiss investigating magistrate on the SGS/Cotecna cases against Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari of alleged corruption, Nasir Hussain’s company, Nassam Overseas Inc., was one of the three offshore companies that were to receive “commissions” on the award of a pre-shipment inspection contract by SGS/Cotecna.[3] According to some estimates between September 1994, when SGS/Cotecna were awarded the contract, and September 1997 Nasir Husain’s Nassam Overseas Inc. had received $3.81 million in commissions.[4] Sanam lives in London with her two children,[1] Shahmir Hussain and Azadeh.[5] As the last surviving offspring of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Sanam Bhutto has refrained from taking part in Pakistani politics, even though there had been demands within the Pakistan Peoples Party for her to head the party after Benazir Bhutto’s assasination.

Bhutto’s paradise of politics.

Bhutto’s paradise of politics.

Bhutto in his death cell in June 1978 wrote: “My daughter (Benazir Bhutto) I give you only one message; it is the message of history; believe only in the people, and work only for their emancipation and equality. The paradise of God lies under the feet of your mother. The paradise of politics lies under the feet of the people”

This is the message from a person, who was the unique and the most exclusive phenomenon of history of modern democracies. The emergence of Shaheed Z. A. Bhutto in the political scene of Pakistan was not an accident; but a wellconsidered decision of a person who believed in people’s power. He establishedPakistan People’s Party (PPP) in an unconventional and non-traditional way. Bhutto resigned from the cabinet of Ayub Khan in June 1966. With anextraordinary imaginative power and futuristic vision, he understood the desireand destiny of the people of Pakistan.

In politics, Bhutto fell in love with people. And like a true lover, he had thecapacity to interact with them and decided to break their chains of poverty andhumiliation. His relationship with people was very strong and genuine.Remember: Pakistan in the mid-sixties had no vibrant mass media or social media. But love and passion has its own language and communication modes. With his unique methodology of communication, Bhutto gave inspiration,awareness and empowerment to people. Bhutto granted this consciousnessand nobody can snatch that.

In his politics, Bhutto was unconventional and innovative. The ordinary politicians ignored and exploited the poor. Conversely, Bhutto banked upon them and embraced them. By discovering their power, Bhutto changed the course of history and political culture of Pakistan. It was the turning point of history and a political miracle. He defeated the elitist “drawing-room” politics, and dragged it into the streets, villages and Mohallas. He was so passionate about his love for people that he determinedly reciprocates the sentiments of the people. He never cared about his life or political career when it comes to people. Bhutto believed “there is romance with every beauty of nature. I haveno hesitation in saying that my most passionate love affair, my most thrilling romance has been with the people.”

Bhutto’s love affair was not one-sided. His youth, his brilliance, his charisma seemed to have caught the people’s imagination. He soon came to be regarded among the peoples as a man of impeccable integrity and driving enthusiasm.People admired him for his contemporariness and his forward looking approach to Pakistan’s problems. He was known to be fearless and principled. He was not afraid to speak his mind and bold enough to experiment with new ideasand concepts. To change the fate of people, Bhutto made revolutionary changes within the domestic and foreign policy domains.

He showed people a new direction of social and political life. He freed them from the enslavement of the influential political families, feudal lords, and closely netted historically transmitted oligarchy. By his style and political practice, he brought a unique change in Pakistan’s prevailing power politics. Bhutto’s philosophy that ‘All power belongs to the People’ was a magical thought that revolutionized the people’s mindset. By empowering people, Bhutto made many enemies. His enemies knew the consequences of people’s empowerment. They knew that the change will end their cruel and dictatorial politics. They also knew that the strength of Bhutto’s romance with people cannot be defeated. So the intellectually bankrupt and power hungry dictator and his allies were bent upon to eliminate Bhutto physically. They started using religion, law, state institutions, military might and Mullahs to crush Bhutto. They partly succeeded on April 4, 1979. But theynever succeeded in their designs. After 34 years of his death, Bhutto is still alive among people and operates as a formidable force in Pakistan’s politics.Death does not destroy his romance with people; rather made it eternal and everlasting. Now, Bhutto is in the political folklore of Pakistan.

For the “crime” of empowering poor people, the powerful dictatorial forces punished Bhutto step by step. First, he was deprived of the elected office of the Prime Minster. Then, he was dragged and put in a dungeon like a common criminals. He was tortured physically and psychologically by putting him in a dark and dirty prison cell. He was locked up 23 hours every day for over a year. He was allowed to walk for one hour a day in a small filthy courtyard to see the counsel and the sky. The coward enemies of Bhutto thought that they could break him and disassociate him from the masses. They could not realize the strength of his love and depth of his romance with people. Despite all the cruelties, Bhutto never begged or bowed to these forces, and courageously faced the moments of his Shahadat (martyrdom) in the early hours of April 4, 1979 in the Rawalpindi Jail.

Bhutto defeated the dictatorial forces at the political turf. He knew the meanness and shortsighted of his enemies. Bhutto’s enemies were fanatics, militants, and believers of violence. They physically eliminated Bhutto; he was crucified but his death had multiple and lasting consequences for Pakistan’s politics. First, his blood nurtured the tender plant of democracy. He gave voice and sense of empowerment, consciousness, and awareness of rights to the down trodden people. Bhutto’s death marked the fact that true leader can die for the cause of people. This glorious tradition was kept alive by his equally brave daughter after many years.

The PPP and Bhutto’s family do mourn his judicial murder. But more than just a murder of one man, there is much to mourn. After his death, Pakistan has been experiencing a spate of violence, terrorism and intolerance. After his death, the forces of darkness were free to destroy forward looking, pluralistic and progressive Pakistan envisioned by Muhammad Ali Jinnah. After hisdeath, for eleven years, nobody was there to stop the spreading militancy, intolerance, sectarianism and fanaticism. Bhutto never compromised withthese forces. Pakistan paid heavy price to kill a most prized politician. The only way forward is to follow Bhutto’s vision of constitutionalism, participatory democracy, and people’s empowerment.