Sialkot: As many as three local political big guns Mansha Ullah Butt former special assistant to Punjab CM, Engineer Imran Ashraf former MPA and Aurang Zeb Shah former deputy mayor of Sialkot are in race to get PML-N ticket for contesting the by polls scheduled to be held on August 22, 2013 in constituency (PP 123, Sialkot-III).
Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif was elected as MPA from this constituency in May 11, 2013 general elections. He had vacated this seat by keeping his national assembly seat (NA 110, Sialkot-I).
During the 2002 and 2008 general elections, the Sialkot based leading exporter-turned-politician Engineer Imran Ashraf has been elected as PML-N MPA from this constituency (PP 123, Sialkot-III).
But, during 2011 general elections, he was not given a chance to contest as PML-N candidate due to his joining the PTI after his mounted political differences with PML-N stalwart Khawaja Muhammad Asif and his re-joining to PML-N after quitting the PTI after his one and half months long stay in PTI. Now, all the above mentioned candidates Mansha Ullah Butt, Engineer Imran Ashraf and Aurang Zeb Shah have applied for the PML-N ticket ahead of the coming by-polls.