Ten prominent figures, elected for decades from Punjab in electoral politics, have chosen to step away from electoral politics, either due to old age or other reasons ahead of the 2024 elections.
Among these, some political figures had been actively participating in electoral politics since 1962 and have held key government positions. Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, the former Governor of Punjab, is not contesting in the recent general elections. Instead, his descendants, Sardar Saif-ud-Din Khosa and Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa, are vying for his vacant seats in the national and provincial assemblies from Dera Ghazi Khan.
Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa had been elected as a member of the provincial assembly since 1962, and Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, after several decades, is stepping away from electoral politics. He had been elected as a member of the national and provincial assemblies since 1970, serving as a provincial and federal minister in various terms.
This time, Ahmed Ali Dreshak and Atif Ali Dreshak are contesting for his position from Rajanpur.
Similarly, veteran politician Niaz Ahmad Jhakar has opted out of electoral politics, passing on the legacy to his grandson Ovais Niaz Jhakar, who is running from his national assembly constituency in Layyah.
In Gujranwala, Chaudhry Hammad Naseer Chatha, a seasoned politician, has fielded his grandson Muhammad Ahmed Chatha for the national assembly election.
After serving as a federal minister through multiple elections, Sardar Ashiq Gopang from Muzaffargarh is not participating in the upcoming elections. However, his brother Sardar Amir Talal Gopang is contesting for a provincial assembly seat.
Sikandar Hayat Bosan from Multan has been a consistent winner in national assembly elections from 1985 to 2018, holding ministerial positions. This time, his nephew Shaukat Hayat Bosan is contesting for the national assembly from his constituency.
Usman Ibrahim from Gujranwala has been continuously participating in elections from 1985 to 2018 and serving as a minister. However, this time, his son Shahid Usmani Ansari is running for the national assembly seat.
Talib Hussain Nakai from Kasur has also been contesting national assembly elections since 1988. This time, his grandson Sardar Ayaz Nakai is participating in the national assembly elections.
Faisalabad’s Raja Riaz, associated with the Pakistan Peoples Party and PTI platforms in previous elections, has stepped down from electoral politics. This time, his son Daniyal Riaz Raja is contesting for the national assembly on a Pakistan Muslim League (N) ticket.
These changes reflect a shift in the political landscape as seasoned politicians make way for the younger generation in various constituencies across Punjab.