for the National Assembly of Pakistan
|Region||Rawalpindi city area of Rawalpindi District|
|Created from||NA-54 Rawalpindi-V|
The constituency was renamed to NA-61 Rawalpindi-V from NA-54, and was delimited to include all of Rawalpindi Cantonment and 3 census charges of Chaklala Cantonment. In the earlier delimitation, much of Chaklala was included in this constituency. Now what area has been shifted to the new NA-60 (old NA-56).
Members of Parliament
1977–2002: NA-40 Rawalpindi-V
|1977||Abdul Qayyum Butt||PPP|
|1985||Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan||Independent|
|1988||Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan||IJI|
|1990||Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan||IJI|
|1993||Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan||PML-N|
|1997||Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan||PML-N|
2002–2018: NA-54 Rawalpindi-V
|2008||Malik Ibrar Ahmed||PML-N|
|2013||Malik Ibrar Ahmed||PML-N|
2018-2022: NA-61 Rawalpindi-V
|2018||Aamir Mehmood Kiani||PTI|
Initially a bastion of the left-wing Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in the 1970 and 1977 elections, the constituency of Rawalpindi-V has seen a strong shift towards the conservative center-right parties since Zia's Islamist regime.
Candidates associated with Pakistan Muslim League (N) (formally IJI) have performed considerably well in the general elections from this constituency. Since the 1988 elections, the party's candidates have won the constituency 6 times out of 7 times, with left-wing PPP only making winning inroads in the 2002 elections. This includes the 1988–1997 unbeaten streak of Nisar Ali Khan, who has never lost in this constituency. However, since the constituency delimitation in 2002, Nisar's traditional votebank has shifted into the predominantly rural NA-52, where he continues to dominate. While the NA-54 has become a majorly urban constituency having votebanks for all major political parties.
However, since the reentering of the democratic socialist Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf into the fold of national politics in the 2013 elections, there has been a marked shift in the choices of the constituency's voters with the party becoming a second major force in the area after PML-N.
The voting pattern in NA-54 shows a division of votes between two parties/candidates, with other candidates playing a minor role in the elections. In 2002, the top two contenders received 72% of the polls votes, with the winner securing the seat following a close competition with the runner-up. The winner's share increased sharply in 2008 when the top two contenders received 88% of the polled votes. According to the results, the winner secured the seat with a margin of 23.4% votes, showing a clear dominance in the elections. The polls in 2013 also witnessed a close race between the top two candidates who secured 87% of the polled votes. Historical data shows that the second runner-up's share has decreased consistently over the years, indicating a clear two-party race in the constituency. Given the consistent voting pattern, the next polls may witness a similar trend. However, the decrease in the winner's share and the close race in 2013 suggest that an alliance between the runners-up may yield different results in upcoming elections.
|IJI||Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan||64,186||48.8||–|
|Pakistan Awami Tehrik||Muhammad Akram Shah||8,669||6.6†||–|
†As Pakistan Awami Ittehad.
|IJI||Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan||78,530||55.5||6.7|
|PPP||Ghulam Sarwar Khan||63,021||44.5†||0.5|
†As People's Democratic Alliance.
|PML(N)||Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan||76,288||51.6†||3.9|
|PPP||Ghulam Sarwar Khan||64,800||43.8||0.7|
|JI||Dr. Muhammad Kamal||6,898||4.7‡||4.7|
† The Islami Jamhoori Ittehad was dissolved prior to the 1993 general elections, as JUI-F, JUI-S and JI parted ways from the alliance. Subsequently, the core of the party, Muslim league – Nawaz, contested elections for the first time as Pakistan Muslim League (N).
‡As Pakistan Islamic Front.
|PML(N)||Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan||64,186||51.3||0.3|
|PPP||Ghulam Sarwar Khan||57,878||46.3||2.5|
|PTI||Chaudhry Ghulam Jillani||3,588||2.3||2.3|
|MQM-P||Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan||1,243||1.0†||1.0|
†As Haq Parast Group.
|MMA||Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui||12,676||15.4||15.4|
|PML (Z)||Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq||4,164||5.0||5.0|
Malik Ibrar Ahmed of Pakistan Muslim League (N) succeeded in the election 2008 and became the member of National Assembly. The 2008 elections also saw the lowest turnout in the history of this constituency – at just 38.5%.
|PML(N)||Malik Ibrar Ahmed||58,228||55.7||20.7|
|PML(Q)||Muhammad Basharat Raja||10,400||10.0||8.0†|
†PML-Q's Allama Ayaz Zahir Hashmi competed in the 2002 elections and got 1,640 votes.
General elections were held on 11 May 2013. A total of 166,523 votes were cast of which 165,049 were deemed valid. The overall turnout of the constituency was 55.36%. Malik Ibrar Ahmed of PML-N won by 7,649 votes and became the member of National Assembly.
|PML(N)||Malik Ibrar Ahmed||76,336||46.3||9.4|
|PTI||Aamir Mehmood Kiani||105,086||50.74||9.14|
|PML(N)||Malik Ibrar Ahmed||60,135||29.04||17.26|
|TLP||Syed Shahid Pervez||9,249||4.90||4.90|
|MMA||Mian Zafar Yasin||3,899||2.06||0.26†|
|Others||Others (fourteen candidates)||5,134||2.72|
|PTI gain from PML(N)|
†JI contested as part of MMA.
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