SIALKOT/OKARA-A deep rift has emerged in the PML-N as its factions striving hard to clinch the top local government slots for their respective candidates.

The political activities ahead of the local bodies' elections for the reserved and special seats, and for the slots of the heads of the local bodies are gaining momentum in Sialkot district. Political hustle and bustle is witnessed at the political offices of the local elected representatives in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur.

The nomination of the suitable candidates for the top slots in Zila Council, Municipal Corporation and municipal committees in Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur has become a big political test for the provincial and local leadership of PML-N. According to the prevailing political scenario, most of the MPAs in Sialkot district are busy in getting their near and dear ones nominated as the PML-N candidates for the top slots.

In Sambrial, MPA Arshad Javaid Warraich is struggling hard to clinch the seat of Zila Council chairman for his daughter Hina Arshad Warraich who was elected chairperson from Union Council Jethikey. He claimed to have very strong lobby for his daughter among the local parliamentarians and even in the provincial leadership of PML-N. Due to which, MPA Arshad Javaid Warraich's daughter Hina Arshad Warraich is being declared as favourite to be nominated as PML-N candidate for the slot.

MNA Armughan Subhani is also lobbying for Variyo Family's strong political role in the politics. However, the PML-N leadership was hopeful that the Variyo Family might be given one out of three seats of vice chairman of Zila Council Sialkot.

Daska-based MNA Sahibzada Syed Iftikharul Hassan Shah is also in the race to clinch a slot of vice chairman for his cousin Sahibzada Syed Hassaanatul Hassan Shah. Daska-based MPA Mohsin Ashraf is also in the race for getting his elder brother Jamil Ashraf as PML-N candidate for the slot of vice chairman of Zila Council.

A leading exporter Tauheed Akhtar is also being declared as favourite to be nominated as PML-N candidate for the slot of Mayor of Municipal Corporation Sialkot. He is former chairman of Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL) and elected chairman of Union Council Muhammadpura.

According to independent political observers, Federal Minister For Defence , Water and Power Khawaja Asif would play a pivotal role in the politics of Sialkot Municipal Corporation.

Two former MPAs Ashfaq Wyne and Yahiya Gull Nawaz as well as MPA Asif Bajwa are striving for the nomination of their near and dear ones as candidates for the slot of chairman of Municipal Committee Daska.

Former MPA Ashfaq Wyne himself has an eye for the slot of chairman of Daska Municipal Council with the help of his sister MPA Shabeena Majeed Wyne. Former MPA Yahiya Gull Nawaz is lobbying for his younger brother Usman Gull Nawaz for the chairman slot. However, MPA Asif Bajwa is going all out to clinch the seat for his young brother Arif Mehmood Bajwa.

In Okara, twenty-three women and 33 men have filed their nomination papers for the reserved seats of District Council Okara and 7 municipal committees. Besides 23 reserved seats for women, 12 are for workers, 4 for youth and 4 for technocrats.