Glimpses from Muzaffargarh

Muzaffargarh may be backward in terms of development but has dominated Punjab politics since the 1950s. Nawab Mushtaq Gurmani introduced Muzaffargarh to national politics when he signed the Karachi Agreement of 1949 that established the ceasefire line (Line of Control) dividing the Kashmir region.

Apart from his posts as chief executive for the Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas Ministry and governor of Punjab, he was also Pakistan’s interior minister from 1951 till 1954. During the PPP government of the 1970s, Muzaffargarh was represented by Ghulam Mustafa Khar who served as chief minister and Punjab governor. Meanwhile, Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan also made Muzaffargarh proud — through his opposition politics.

Since parliamentary politics resumed in 1988, after the long hiatus that was Gen Zia’s dictatorship, the politics of Muzaffargarh’s four tehsils has been dominated by the Khars, the Nawab family, the Hinjras, the Dastis, the Qureshis, the Jatois and the Gopangs. There are five National Assembly and 11 provincial assembly seats from Muzaffargarh.

In the 2008 elections, all NA and six PA seats were won by the PPP that included personalities that shot to prominence including Hina Rabbani Khar and Jamshed Dasti. - Photos/captions by Reuters, text by Tehseen Raza Malik/Dawn Newspaper

Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar plays with her daughter and niece in the lawns of her residence after an interview with Reuters in Muzaffargarh in Punjab province April 9, 2013.
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar plays with her daughter and niece in the lawns of her residence after an interview with Reuters in Muzaffargarh in Punjab province April 9, 2013.
Supporters of Jamshed Dasti, a former member of parliament and election rival of Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan's former foreign minister, gather to talk with Reuters journalists.
Supporters of Jamshed Dasti, a former member of parliament and election rival of Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan's former foreign minister, gather to talk with Reuters journalists.
Supporters of Jamshed Dasti.
Supporters of Jamshed Dasti.
Ghulam Sakina, 85, mother of Jamshed Dasti, sits at Dasti's home during an interview.
Ghulam Sakina, 85, mother of Jamshed Dasti, sits at Dasti's home during an interview.
People walk on the road that leads up to the residence of Hina Rabbani Khar.
People walk on the road that leads up to the residence of Hina Rabbani Khar.
People are seen near a small grocery store in a narrow street which leads up to the house of Jamshed Dasti.
People are seen near a small grocery store in a narrow street which leads up to the house of Jamshed Dasti.

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