In NA-185 Dera Ghazi Khan-II, 22 candidates have thrown their hat in the ring. Almost all major political parties have fielded hopefuls for the seat while 13 independents are also in the running. Among the most notable are Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Zartaj Gul, who is running as an independent since her party lost its election symbol In 2018 the seat was called NA-191 Dera Ghazi Khan-III and was won by Gul, who was later inducted in Imran Khan’s cabinet as the climate change minister. She had won the seat by 79,817 votes. While Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari came in second with 54,548 votes and Sardar Dost Muhammad Khan Khosa, who ran as an independent came in third with 31,697 votes. This time the PML-N has not fielded any candidates in the constituency, while Khosa has joined the PPP. Considering such a scenario, a tough contest can be expected between Gul and Khosa on February 8.