LAKKI MARWAT – Saifullah brothers have intensified election campaign to strengthen their position and give a tough time to their rivals affiliated with JUI-F on one National Assembly and three provincial assembly seats of the district.

PML (likeminded) Chief Salim Saifullah Khan is in the run for the sole National Assembly seat against the heavyweight of JUI-F Maulana Fazalur Rehman.

Entering of Maulana Fazl Rehman in the district polls arena has changed the political scenario of area politics.

The decision of JUI-F local leaders to field their central party ameer on NA-27 has put influential Saifullahs in trouble. The presence of JUI-F chief in the election race will also benefit his party candidates on all the three seats of provincial assembly.

Former Naurang tehsil nazim Anwar Hayat Khan who quit Jamaat-e-Islami and joined the JUI-F recently is eyeing on PK-74 (Lakki-I) as he has been awarded JUI-F ticket.

He will face PPP Provincial President Anwar Saifullah Khan who had won the seat in 2008 elections. Now he is also a strong candidate from the same constituency.

On PK-75 (Lakki-II) JUI-F candidate Malik Imran is all set to give a tough time to his rival PPP candidate Humayun Saifullah Khan. He had defeated Salim Saifullah Khan on the same constituency in 2002 general elections.

Imran who is the son of oil business tycoon Malik Zainul Aabidin is considered a constant threat for Saifullah brothers in their home constituency.

But the fact remains that residents of the district in general and of PK-75 in particular has great respect and regard in their hearts for Humayun Saifullah Khan.

People’s love and sympathies always put him on peak in local politics during his long political career.

The situation is, however, different in the third provincial assembly constituency PK-76 (Lakki-III) where JUI-F candidate and former MPA Munawar Khan Marwat is in a dual with PML-N candidate Akhtar Munir Marwat, the brother of former provincial minister Anwar Kamal Khan Marwat (late). Munir Marwat is in electoral alliance with Saifullah brothers.

According to some political pundits, the JUI-F should not take the election on provincial assembly seat an easy task as Akhtar Munir has all the capabilities to give them a surprise. 

The death of his brother Anwar Kamal left behind sympathy votes and he can easily grab them to dash his opponent to the ground.

To fight Maulana Fazalur Rehman and other JUI-F aspirants is a hard nut to crack for Saifullah brothers. They have geared up their efforts to get the supports of elders and notables of the district.

It is the only key by which they can strengthen their position in the coming elections. Quitting of JUI-F by several elders of Tajori and Abakhel towns is good omen for Saifullahs.

The elders joined their group and vowed in big public meetings that they would not spoil their votes for an imported candidate like Maulana Fazal. Such sentiments and feeling of area people can help Saifullah brothers to get triumph if they continued their journey to the polling day with the same pace and passion.