Quetta District

Area:               km2
Population:  1,140,000    est.2010-11
National Assembly Seats: 1
Provincial Assembly Seats:  6
Tehsils/ Towns: 2

Current Party Position

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Party Ranking:

PPPP

1

PML-N

2

PakhtunKawa Milli Awami Party

3

JUI-F

4

Most Influential Politician: Mehmood Khan Achakzai

Mehmood Khan Achakzai

A garrison town in the colonial era, Quetta was named the provincial headquarters in 1970 when Balochistan was given the status of a province. Within years, the city spread out in all directions from Sariab to Baleli.

Personal charisma has been the driving force for representation in the National Assembly from the district. Several political leaders, such as Sardar Fatah Mohammad Hasani of the PPP, Hafiz Hussain Ahmad of Jamiat, Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Sardar Atif Sunjrani have led the campaign race here. However, the outcome of provincial assembly seats has often been determined by political parties and their nurturing of a relationship with the electorate. In this respect, the JUIF, PkMAP, PPP and the PML have all experienced their share of success.

Over 99% of the people of the area are Muslims. The Pashtun make up about 48%,and Balochs are 42% and 10%percent Hazara and urdu speaking + Punjabi settlers, especially from the Khayber Pakhtunkhawa including Punjabis,

Syed Nasir Ali Shah-MNA

Hazarawals, and Urdu speaking Sindhis. The Pashtun population consists of actual origin based Pashtun tribes including Kakar (including Bazai), Kasi and Baloch Tribes Shahwani, Qambrani, Sadat of Kirani, Sumalani,Langove and Raisani while various Afghan Tribes like Nasar,Kharoti, Andar,Khilji,Tarakai, Tokhi, Barech, Sulemankhail and Mullakhel are actually migrants from Afghanistan.

 

National Assembly Constituencies:

NA-259 Quetta                     Muncipal Corporation Quetta, Quetta District

 

Notable Politicians:

  • Mehmood Khan Achakzai
  • Nasir Ali Shah
  • Khudai Noor
  • Lt. Gen. R. Abdul Qadir Baloch
  • Hafiz Hussain Ahmed