It is not possible to deny the importance of communities in Pakistan’s politics.
In Daska, too, we look at community-based politics and its role in the NA-75 by-polls scheduled for tomorrow (April 10).
The National Assembly constituency consists of villages located in the NA-75 Daska city, Gujranwala and Sialkot.
The major communities in the constituency include the Jat, Mughal, Rajput, Kashmiri, Ansari and Aryan communities. These groups still play a decisive role in the victory or defeat of any candidate in electoral politics.
“Communities play a major role in politics. This is why political parties field candidates from large communities, so that these people can join the community and the people of the tribe with them [to get votes],” a resident of the NA-75 constituency told Geo News.
Another resident, an elderly man, agreed. He said it is common practice for politicians to attach themselves with a large community and then assure them of protecting their interests. “The game of community politics has been successfully played for years,” he said.
The NA-75 constituency has more than 823,000 voters and the turnout in the last three elections has remained over 55%.
A close competition is expected tomorrow between PML-N candidate Nosheen Iftikhar and the ruling PTI’s candidate Asjad Malhi. Iftikhar is from the Syed community and Malhi from the Jat community.