60pc new faces to enter NA

Published March 16, 2008

ISLAMABAD, March 15: Almost 60 per cent of the 328 newly- elected MNAs who take oath on Monday will be taking their seats in the National Assembly for the first time.

According to the election results, announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan, 136 experienced and 192 new faces will sit in the 9th legislative assembly in the country’s history since the first general elections held in 1970.

Among 136 experienced legislators, 108 are those who were also members of the previous assembly.

The break-up shows that both the seats from the capital have been won by the first timers belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) whereas Balochistan has sent the highest (84.6 per cent) first timers to the new assembly. Out of 13 newly-elected MNAs on general seats from Balochistan, 11 are new faces. Out of 32 MNAs from NWFP, 19 are first timers. Similarly, there are 77 new faces from Punjab, 28 from Sindh and seven from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). There are 44 women and minority legislators on 70 reserved seats who will be administering oath as MNA for the first time.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has the credit to award party tickets to most of the new faces in Karachi and Hyderabad. Similarly, out of 13 NA seats from Lahore, eight have been captured by those who are making debut in the lower house.

Among 108 members of the previous assembly, who have once again been re-elected, a majority of 40 members have been re- elected on the ticket of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). As many as 34 MNAs of the previous assembly have been successful again on the PML-Q ticket, 16 on the PML-N ticket, five on MQM ticket, four on MMA ticket, six independents and three from other parties.

Following are the members who have made it again to the National Assembly:

PPP: Raja Pervez Ashraf, Tasneem Ahmed Qureshi, Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Samina Khalid Ghurki, Dr Firdous Awan (Previously PML-Q), Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Hina Rabbani Khar (previously PML-Q), Khurshid Shah, Shahid Bhutto, Aijaz Jakhrani, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Syed Zafar Ali Shah, Dr Azra Fazal, Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Pir Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Amir Shah Jamot, Naveed Qamar, Shamshad Sattar, Ghulam Ali Nizamani, Dr Fehmida Mirza, Aftab Shah Jillani, Yusuf Talpur, Abdul Ghani Talpur, Rafiq Jamali, Nabil Gabol, Sher Mohammad Baloch, Rukhsana Bangash, Beelum Hasnain, Mehreen Raja, Fauzia Habib, Shakila Khanam, Yasmeen Rehman, Nasim Akhtar, Sherry Rehman, Rubina Saadat, Fauzia Wahab, Shagufta Jummani and Ramesh Lal.

PML-Q: Amir Muqam, Ghias Ahmed Mela, Anwar Ali Cheema, Sumaira Malik, Asim Nazir, Rana Asif Tauseef, Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Faisal Saleh Hayat, Sheikh Waqas Akram, Mehboob Sultan, Riaz Fatyana, Liaqat Abbas Bhatti, Ch Wajahat Hussain, Sardar Talib Nakai, Raza Hayat Haraj, Hamid Yar Haraj, Pir Aslam Bodla (Previously PPP), Ch Nazir Ahmed, Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood, Farooq Leghari, Jafar Leghari, Bahadur Ahmed Sihar, Riaz Pirzada, Ghous Bux Mahar, Arbab Zakaullah, Dr Ghulam Haider Samejo, Ayaz Ali Shah Sheerazi, Kashmala Tariq, Shahnaz Sheikh (previously PPP), Donya Aziz, Attiya Inayatullah, Bushra Rehman, Zobaida Jalal and Akram Masih.

PML-N: Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Mohammad Hanif Abbasi (previously MMA), Mohammad Faez Tamman (previously PML-Q), Raja Mohammad Asad Khan, Sahibzada Haji Mohammad Fazal Karim, Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali, Khawaja Mohammad Asif, Zahid Hamid Khan (Previously PML-Q), Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Ch Bilal Ahmed Virk (Previously PML-Q), Rana Mehmoodul Hassan, Tehmina Daultana, Begum Ishrat Ashraf and Maimoona Hashmi.

Independent: Munir Khan Orakzai, Noorul Haq Qadri, Rashid Akbar Khan (Previously PML-Q), Saima Akhtar Bharwana (Previously PML-Q), Malik Aamir Yar Warran (Previously PPP) and Ali Khan Mahar (previously PML-Q).

MQM: Dr Abdul Kadir Khanzada, Abdul Waseem, Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi, Dr Farooq Sattar and Iqbal Mohammad Ali Khan.

MMA: Maulana Mohammad Qasim, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Maulana Abdul Malik and Asiya Nasir.

Others: Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao (PPP-S), Mohammad Ibrahim Jatoi (NPP) and Jahangir Khan Tareen, PML-F (Previously PML-Q).

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