Muhammad Khan Bhatti favorite for prized slot
RAWALPINDI: The name for the slot of Rawalpindi District Council Chairman has been all but finalized according to sources privy to the matter, the decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan at Punjab House recently. The meeting was attended by lawmakers Raja Javed Ikhlas and Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Punjab Minister for Labour & Manpower, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar and Chairmen of Rawalpindi district from the ruling party. According to source the Rawalpindi District Council Chairman is likely to be from NA-51 Gujar Khan, the name has not been officially finalized but Muhammad Khan Bhatti is likely to be named for the prized slot. It is pertinent to mention here that local leaders have been flexing their muscles in support of their candidates since the schedule for elections of chairman and vice chairmen was announced by Election Commission of Pakistan. The two district vice chairmen are likely to be from NA-50 and NA 52, with Bilal Yameen Satti and Dost Muhammad Khan in strong position. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan made it clear to the aspiring candidates for the Chairman and Vice Chairmen slots and to the Union Council Chairmen that there will be zero tolerance for any corruption. He assured that the elected representatives will have the full support to carry out development work and adequate funds will be provided. It is pertinent to mention here that Ch. Sarfraz Afzal of PP-6 wasn’t invited in the meeting which suggests that all is not well in the ranks of the ruling party in the district. Local leaders speaking on condition of anonymity have also revealed that there is resentment among many because they feel the District Chairman should have been from either NA 52 or 53. The decision was also made on the name of District Chairman from Attock during the meeting with Sardar Ahsan to contest for the District Chairman slot. However, he is likely to face stiff competition from the daughter of Major (retd) Tahir Sadiq who will be competing for the District Chairman slot. Interestingly Sardar Ahsan has found unlikely support from Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf.