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A view from Sanghar side

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Dera Ghazi Khan the Royal City of Balochistan until anglo time of 1857. But later British Empire separated it from Balochistan and it formed as the Division of Punjab Province in recent Pakistan. D.G. Khan was founded by Ghazi Khan in 1494 A.D. Dera Ghazi Khan always remained the center of Balochi Culture and civilization. It forms three major areas in its depth and they are Tribal Areas, semi Tribal Areas, and Nun Tribal Areas.

D.G. Khan contains one of Pakistan's main Textile Industries. All five rivers of Punjab including the Indus River flow through out this region. And combine them into one near Kot Mithan. Main Tribes of Dera Ghazi Khan includes Lighari,Mazari,Khosa, Rind, Qaisrani, Lakani and Umrani and Buzdar.


Sardar Atta Muhammad khan Khosa

The DGKhan third seat was won by Tumandar Atta Muhammad Khosa of Muslim league, while Tumandar Jamal Khan Leghari was selected on reserve Tumandar seat on Unionist Party ticket.In provincial elections of 1951, Dera Ghazi was divided in eight constuencies, Khan Bahadar Jamal Khan Leghari was elected unoppead on Muslim League ticket.

Tumandar Atta Muhammad Khosa was elected unopposed on Muslim League ticketfrom constituency 3. Tumandar Bahadur Khan Drishak father of Nasrullah Khan Drishak was elected from constituency 4, defeating Ghulam Ali of Jamaat-e-Islami and Muhammad Sadiq Shah. Moeen Azam Khan Mazari son of Azam Khan, Mazari who joined Indian National Congress in 1920, won the seat on a PML ticket defeating Ghulam Qadir of Jinnah Awami League from constituency # 5, while Mohammad Khan won the seat on PML ticket from constituency 6 and defeated Yar Muhammad of Jammat-e-Islami and Muhammad Yar Fauq, Khawaja Saeed uddin of Jinnah Awami League bagged the seat and defeated Amir Muhammad Khan Qaisrani Tumandar and Allah Nawaz Khan from constituency 7. Khawaja Ghulam Murtaza of PML won the seat form constituency 8 and defeated Sardar Haji Muhammad of Jinnah Awami League. In 1956 election, Legharis faced defeat as Tumandar Majal Khan Leghari and Mehmood Khan Leghari could not secure their constituencies, while Muhammad Khan Leghari succeeded from Sahiwal.


A look at the results of previous local body polls in Dera revealed Khosas' rise in local politics. In 1979, Sardar Maqsood Leghari became the district council chairman in alliance with Khosas as latter awarded vice-chairmanship of the council. Sardar Inamullah Khan Khosa was elected the vice-chairman.
In the elections of 1983, Maqsood Leghari returned as chairman of the Dera district council for the second consecutive term, while this time Sardar Amjad Farooq Khosa was the vice-chairman.

Before the next local body elections of 1987, Nawaz Sharif as chief minister of Punjab had been emerged as a political moral-in-making and both Maqsood Leghari and Zulfiqar Khosa were among the courtiers of his court. Their strain relations manifested in the local polls of 1987 when Khosas had to support Legharis for the district council top slot, but they abstained from associating them as their deputy. Maqsood Leghari's younger brother Mansoor Leghari was elected chairman of the council, while Khosas' backed Abbas Lond became the vice-chairman.

In 1989, Khosas became closed with Sharifs when Maqsood Leghari resigned from provincial ministry on the pressure of his chief, Farooq Leghari, who was frustrated after his failure in electing as leader of the Punjab Assembly despite the emergence of his then political party PPP as the single largest party in the provincial assembly in the general elections of 1988.

Khosas' loyalty paid dividends in 1991 when local polls held in Punjab under the PML government both in the Center and the province under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif. Zulfiqar Khosa's son Saifuddin elected the district council chairman. He repeated his performance in the local body polls of 1998 that too, were held under the Nawaz regime. But some analysts attribute their (Khosas') rise in local body politics to the Sharifs' tactics of getting the desired result by hook or by crook.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: MOHAMAD ALI KHOSA


July 06, 2010 change by panjtanlovekhosa

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