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Mastuj people dead set against tested candidates, political parties — 8 Comments

  1. Suppose Sikendar wins as an independent candidate, can he be able to do anything worth an MPA. He would have to join the ruling party and fall back on the MNA of Chitral for getting funds. Though the unity of the Mastuj people is good and their complaints are also genuine, I think we must strengthen political parties because they will never divide us on ethnic basis.The Chitrali society is polarized and fragmented on sectarian and ethnic lines and we should not forget the slogans of Piala Party in 2008 elections. Parties having even an iota of religious and ethnic prejudices or trying to cash in on these factors should be rejected. People of Chitral have been divided on these lines only because some people wanted to take advantage of these issues otherwise we all speak Khowar language and should live in peace like brothers and sisters. Secondly, religion/sect, ethnicity and regional prejudices should not have any role in politics.

  2. I have heard that his relatives, the sons of Mohiuddin didn’t give him ticket of the APML for the upper Chitral seat of PK-90. So he is battling as an Azad (independent) candidate. Why the sons of Mohiuddin did not want him to contest the election with them was because Haji Ghulam Mohammad is like goose that lays golden eggs and has become very rich because of rampant corruption not only as an MPA but also as a government contractor. So why would they select Sikendar for the upper Chitral seat?

  3. Ahmad, really he is very good in Chitrali dance rather being a good politician or a sympathizer of the people of upper Chitral. We never saw him among the people during his tehsil nazimship. For about a year or so he has been shouting for gaining public interest. I feel petty for you that you have nothing to deliver except Yarkhun-Boroghil Road. If you are so sincere with the general public of upper Chitral especially for the public of Yarkhun and Laspur valleys why you didn’t mince any word about the embezzlement under your nose. I mean the bridge of Mastuj which shows the ugly face of corruption. So don’t make fool of the local people.

  4. Dear Chitrali brothers and sisters, in this world everything has been created with a purpose. Each and every creature of the Almighty has their own role and job and they all are destined to do their work. I am over 50 years of age now and have spent half of my life out of my beloved country. In my childhood I used to ask my father why a cow could not be used as a Meir for threshing and why a donkey is always preferred for the job. Every time I was told that each animal is good in a particular job. A donkey cannot be used for ploughing, a cow can never be good to carry a big load and a cat has never been used for hunting and so on and so forth. I request you that please forget your prejudices towards people and elect your representatives based on their quality and ability to lead you. Democracy is a very bad form of governance, in democracy people’s number is counted not their quality. If you want to be different from other people you should vote for honest, sincere and capable people. God bless Chitral and give its people sense to elect their representatives without prejudice.

  5. Dear Chitralis, this is a golden chance to choose good leaders, don’t go behind failed leadrship whom you voted in the past.

  6. In the polarized politics of Chitral, like most of the constituencies in Pakistan, where there remains very less affiliation of voters with their political ideology, the trend of independent candidacy for the forthcoming elections has enormously increased. Besides voters’ shattered faith in their political beliefs, the absence of organized political activities by most of the parties at grass-root levels is to be blamed for this apathy. After elections are held, the political office holders remain out of sight till party tickets are procured by them for the next elections. Resultantly, contact of individual members of a political party ruptures not only with the political personalities, but also with the political party itself. This weak organization of political parties in Chitral, and resultant division of voters on other grounds than party affiliation, has encouraged independent candidates to run in the elections. Shehzada Sikendarul Mulk is one of such candidates in KP-90 Chitral-II, who has all the right to contest election like anyone else of the 13 others. It is perhaps not true to suggest that he has just a few friends as have been counted by a worthy commenter, I consider him as one of the strong candidates for a few obvious reasons: a). There is the likelihood that he will fetch quite impressive votes from the three Union Councils of Mastuj, Laspur and Yarkhoon, b) He also has strong relationship in other areas of the sub-division Mastuj thus the capacity to obtain quite reasonable number of votes.
    Despite the gloomy sides of the election story, it is heartening to note that this time the contestants for PK-90, including Syed Ahmed Khan, Hussain Ahmad, Syed Sardar Hussain, Ghulam Muhammad, Rahmat Ghazi Khan, and Sikandurul Mulk are presentable individuals, with the potential to represent the constituency effectively. Having quite equal winning chances it is now anybody’s game. I wish all of them the best. We hope that the winner will serve the constituency in public interest, rather than serving the kith and kin only.

    Sajjad Haider, Islamabad

  7. Prince Sikander Ul-Mulk’s ‘acting skills’ might impress some people in his hometown Mastuj where some of his friends like Shah Nadir, the Manager of National Bank Mastuj Brach, Sirajuddin Ustad and Abdur Rehman of Muzhodur along with some Wokhi people settled on the premises of his grand castle are believed to be his only and ruthless supporters.
    A handful of pro-princes from the hilltop of Pasum will also play a role in mustering some support for their beloved leader but in the rest of the areas a humiliating defeat awaits him. So slow down a bit my dear prince as politics is not like a polo game.
    Despite no chance of his victory, the inexperienced but overconfident prince is still upbeat that he would manage to win the hearts and minds of people as an independent candidate in the upcoming general elections.
    He did not even bother to utter a single word for the plight of poor Yarkhuniks during his stint as tehsil nazim during Musharraf regime. And now his emergency press conference along with some opportunists, flanked by a modern Yarkhunik, allegedly involved in embezzlement of funds collected by different NGOs in the name of Yarkhun, is like playing with the sentiments of poor Wakhik, stuck in a 20ft deep snow throughout the year.
    The prince is well aware that he has 0/0 contribution to the development of the area, but even then he has jumped into the fray declaring himself as the only savior of subdivision Mastuj.

    • No doubt Ahmad bro we made Shahzada Sikandar Tehsil Nazim but he did nothing for Mastuj. He has no time to visit his constituency. He uses to to go where there is a DOOL party. He also destroyed the polo association and created bias between the players.