Circle Bakote is a part of District and Tehsil Abbottabad and lies in NA-17 and PK-45. PML-N leader Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan who also served as Chief Minister of NWFP belongs to circle Bakote village Malkot Union Council Palak. Circle Bakote has a prime significance in the politics of Hazara and in past, it has remained a stronghold of PML-N and except 2002 elections, PML-N has got majority votes from this region all the times. However, in 2002, PML-Q candidate Aman Ullah Khan Jadoon managed to grab NA-17 seat and he served as federal minister for petroleum for five years.
PTI tsunami has reached in Circle Bakote as well like all other parts of the country and PTI has become a serious threat for Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan MNA and his Son MPA Sardar Shamoon Yaar Khan. PTI leaders like Ali Asghar Khan, Dr Azhar Jadoon, Raja Mubeen Ur Rehman, Nazir Ahmad Abbasi, Abdur Rehman Abbasi, Tahir Faraz Abbasi, Javed Akram Abbasi and PTI Youth from all union councils of Circle Bakote is very active in mobilizing the people and in spreading PTI's message in all parts of Circle Bakote. PTI held some great meetings in Bakote, Patan, Kukmang and Dalola just after Eid and a large number of notables and youth joined PTI during these meetings. Currently majority of Ex-Nazims and Councilors is supporting PTI including Haji Abdur Razaq Abbasi of UC Palak, Nazir Ahmad Abbasi of UC Bakote, Khalid Gul of UC Kukmang, Pir Azhar Bakoti from Bakote and Tahir Faraz Abbasi a renowned lawyer.
The real problem for PTI is to ensure unity among its leadership and workers at such a critical time when its yet unclear who will get National Assembly and Provincial Assembly ticket of PTI. For national seat, two potential candidates of PTI are Dr Azhar Khan Jadoon and Ali Asghar Khan while for provincial seat, potential candidates are Nazir Ahmad Abbasi, Raja Mubeen Ur Rehman Abbasi, Abdur Rehman Abbasi and Tahir Faraz Abbasi. Ideological youth of PTI is determined to support the party and not any individual. They have reiterated that they will support any one who gets PTI ticket and will never support any divisions within party folds.
Below are some of the latest news of PTI circle Bakote taken from Weekly Hill News: