Islamabad - The ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) yesterday grabbed 18 out of 27 reserved seats of Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation in the second phase of the local government election in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). The polling for the election on reserved seats was held yesterday where elected chairpersons of the capital city’s 50 union councils cast their votes.According to unannounced and unofficial results, PML-N candidates got victory on total 18 seats and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates remained second with nine seats. No independent candidate remained successful on the reserved seats.

Out of 17 reserved seats for women, PML-N candidates got 11 seats while PTI candidates got victory on six seats.Similarity out of the 10 seats of technocrats, minorities, youth and labourers, the PML-N got seven seats while PTI candidates remained winner on three seats. The PML-N candidate also remained successful on a technocrat seat.District Returning Officer Aleem Shahab announced the unofficial results after the process of polling and counting completed. The polling process was held peacefully from 9:00am to 5:00pm at Islamabad Model College for Boys, Sector F-8/4.A total of 55 candidates contested election on 27 reserved seats: 25 candidates contested election on 17 women seats; 13 candidates tried their luck on three seats for youth; 11 candidates contested on three seats for minorities; and 10 candidates contested for 3 seats reserved for labourers/farmers.

The Election Commission of Pakistan would announce the official results on January 18. Now the election for the slot of mayor and three deputy mayors of the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation would be held in the last week of January.Earlier, the row between the two groups within the ruling PML-N over distribution of tickets for reserved seats and upcoming elections for three slots of deputy mayors in Islamabad was resolved on Friday after the intervention of Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid.

Background interviews and information gathered from the local party leaders and sources in the party revealed that a group of 12 chairmen led by former MNA from National Assembly constituency 48 Anjum Aqeel Khan expressed its serious reservations over the distribution of tickets on reserved seats by State Minister for CADD Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and decided to boycott the elections on reserved seats scheduled for Saturday. Sources in the ruling PML-N informed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of this development and deputed Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid to meet the annoyed group and resolve the issue.

Since the decision of boycott made by these 12 chairmen on Thursday evening Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry had made a series of attempts to resolve the issue but Anjum Aqeel Khan was of the view that they needed some assurances from senior party leadership as the elected chairmen from various union councils have no trust in him (Dr Tariq). Sources said that it was the second time that there was a strong outcry against Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry on distribution of party tickets from reserved seats in local government set-up in the federal capital. Earlier at the time of distribution of party tickets for the elections of chairman of some 50 wards in the federal capital, many party activists from the area had lodged a strong protest against, what they termed, nepotism and wrong distribution of tickets.

The under performance of the party and winning of some 17 seats by PTI from Islamabad was also attributed to the wrong choices the ticket awarding committee made under the chair of Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, a senior party leader from Islamabad said.Federal Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Friday evening called the meeting of all the 27 chairmen of the party and advised them to resolve their internal differences behind the closed doors and avoid washing dirty linen in public which would only earn bad name for them as well as the party. Terming the activists as asset for the party, he said that they would accommodate all the genuine party workers and leaders from Islamabad.

The Information Minister listened to the complaints of each and every person present in the meeting and assured them that all their genuine concerns and grievances with CADD Minister would be resolved.Sources in the party confirmed to The Nation that it was decided that one deputy mayor each would be taken from the jurisdiction of NA-48 and NA-49 while the third one would be picked from the main city, most probably it would also be doled out to NA-48 and former MNA from the area Anjum Aqeel Khan would finalise the names of two out of three deputy mayors.

Sources close to Anjum Aqeel Khan said that on the slot of mayor he would fully back the candidate nominated by the prime minister and all his concerns were about election of deputy mayors on which he would not be getting any commitment from CADD Minister Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry. Sources further said that Anjum Aqeel Khan said that he could not even think of defying the party line and would bow to all the decisions of the party leadership but at the same time he wanted to see the rights of the party activists from his constituency fully protected.