As many as seven candidates are on the run for NA 56 Attock prominent among them are former State Minister Sardar Saleem Haider PPPP , Former District Nazim Attock Major Tahir Sadiq and Former Naib District Nazim Attock Malik Sohail Khan Kamrial who recently parted his ways with PTI and joined PMLN. Rest of the four candidates are Syed Faisal Mehmood Shah Tehreek Labaik Pakistan, Mehram Khan Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party , Shehryar Khan and Ghulam Asghar Khan both independent camdidates.
This constituency consists of tehsil Jand , Pindigheb and Fatehjang where there are 638937 registered voters. . Major Tahir Sadiq who has joined PTI last year was previously associated with PMLQ and enjoyed twice as District Nazim Attock during Musharaf regime is apparently a strong candidate . He is considered a politicians who has contacts at grass root level , having an active and strong social media team , having strong groups at union council level while he also claims lot of development work done , provided thousand of jobs to youth in education, police and other departments and is a person accessible to everyone at any time. He is the person who supports his colleagues and workers out of the way in any field. He says , I travel hundered of miles daily to have close contact with my people.
Apparently in this constituency his position seems strong . Durimg 2013 elections Major Tahir secured 58764 votes from this constituency as an independent candidate and this time he is trying his luck as PTI candidate which will certainly give him advantage over his opponent Malik Sohail Khan Kamrial who is former Naib District Nazim Attock and arch rival of Major Tahir Sadiq has been associated with PTI for the last one decade but this time due to unknown reasons he left PTI and joined PMLN and got party ticket for this constituency. . Malik Sohail who was PTI candidate during 2013 elections secured 73935 votes has thousand of supporters and is running his election campaign with high hopes however some his party office bearers at tehsil level have joined other parties , are supporting other candidates which has certainly created problems and has made him upset.
Similarly another upset for PMLN candidate is that Former MNA Malik Aetbar Khan who secured 84722 votes in 2013 elections and became MNA from the platform of PMLN but this time he could not get party ticket . He himself is not contesting elections this time but his brother Shehryar Khan is contesting for NA 56 as an independent candidate which will certainly effect the position of Malik Sohail Kamrial another set back for Malik Sohail is resignation of Tehsil Presidents PMLN Fatehjang and Pindigheb and their joining other groups.
Former State Minister Sardar Saleem Haider who is in good books of PPPP leadership is having years long association with PPPP and remained loyal to party in every thick and thin. He has been State Minister for Defence Production during PPPP govt and did considerable development work in his constituency. He claims that he provided gas and electricity facility to most of the villages of his constituency but for the forth coming elections he has to work hard as in the present scenario PPPP has thin presence in this constituency .
In NA 56 Attock , Major Tahir seems a strong candidate but even then he has to work hard to bag this seat. Sardar Saleem Haider candidature from this constituency will certainly have a strong affect on the results of Major Tahir and Malik Sohail Khan Kamrial . After having a bird eye view of this constituency , apparently the competition is between PTI and PMLN.