District: (14 journalists contesting LB polls in Sialkot)

SIALKOT: As many as 14 local journalists are contesting the LB polls for the slots of the general councilors in Sialkot district’s all the Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils here.

Three journalists are in the LB polls race in Sialkot city. Journalist Arif Mehmood Sheikh is contesting for the slot of general councilor as Jamaat-e-Islami candidate in Ward No. 1 union council Muhammadpura-Sialkot. Journalist Naseemul Hassan Sadiquie is contesting as an independent candidate for councillorship in Ward No.6 union council Shah Syedaan-Sialkot and journalist Aamir Khan is contesting as PML-N candidate for the slot of general councilor in Ward No. 6 union council Hajipura Ban -Sialkot.

In Daska city, as many as seven local journalists are contesting for the slots of general councilor in different wards of Daska city. Journalist Muhammad Afzal Mansha is contesting as PML-N candidate for the slot of general councilor in Ward No. 23 Daska city, senior Khawaja Tanseer Shahi is contesting as an independent candidate in Ward No. 3 Daska city, journalist Muhammad Usman Mughal is also contesting as an independent candidate in Ward No. 13 Daska city.

Journalist Khawaja Atif Raza is also in the race of LB polls as an independent candidate for councillorship in Ward No. 4 Daska city, journalist Muhammad Afzal Kanwal is also independent candidate for the slot general councilor in Ward No.12 Daska city, journalist Zaheer Nazir Chaudhary is contesting for the slot of councillorship as PML-N candidate in Ward No. 30 Daska city and journalist Tauheed Iqbal Butt is also contesting for the slot of general councilor in Ward No. 28 Daska city.

In Pasrur city, three local journalists are contesting for councillorship in different wards of Pasrur city. Senior journalist Pervaiz Ahmed Bajwa is contesting for the slot of general councilor in Ward No. 23 Pasrur city, journalist Mian Muhammad Khalid is in the race of councillorship as an independent candidate in Ward No. 25 Pasrur city and journalist Muhammad Yar Butt is also contesting for the slot of general councilor as independent candidate in Ward No.10 Pasrur city.

In Sambrial, a local journalist Nasir Mehmood Warraich is also contesting for the slot of general councilor as PML-N candidate in Ward No.12 Sambrial city.

When contacted, most of the said journalists were of the view that their motto was to serve the people in a better way instead of making high traditional claims for the betterment of the people like the traditional politicians as well.

These journalists said that they were getting impressive and encouraging response by their voters and supporters in the respective areas.

Some journalists said that there was the need of the time that the journalists should also come into the field of the local politics being the eye and ears of the society as well. Some journalists said that the people now wanted change thus they are in the LB polls race as being the journalists they also have the right to contest these polls.