Chitral .. The fresh delimitation of Assembly seats bill passed by the the Senate has caused unrest and worry for Chitralis, as according to the details available, one the two Provincial Assembly seats will be taken away from Chitral on the basis of the 2017 census. The other districts in KP to suffer similarly are Abbottabad, Haripur, Charsadda and Swabi.
The bill will decrease nine National Assembly seats (seven general and two women seats) of the most populous Punjab province, and will increase five seats (four general and one women seat) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, three seats of the largest province of Balochistan (two general, one women seats) and one of federal capital. The number of NA seats for Sindh province and FATA will remain the same.
It may be noted that until 1985 Chitral had only one provincial Assembly seat and in the 1970 general elections, it shared it’s sole National Assembly seat with parts of Dir and Swat districts.
Political leaders have started issuing statements of condemnation of the latest development and even started hurling threats of ‘dire consequences’ if a provincial Assembly seat was taken away from Chitral. .. CN report, 21 Dec 2017