P, FATA announce alliance with Opposition's Sadiq Sanjrani

13 March, 2018, 04:39 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Nawaz Sharif has called for reforms to curb horse-trading

'Extraordinary steps are needed to remove the sense of deprivation among the people of Baluchistan, he said.

Bilawal said the PPP always did the politics of federation and gave the sacrifices for all the provinces and now hoped that the issues of Balochistan will be resolved. "The PPP has created a history by giving sacrifice for Balochistan", he said.

The federal minister, while making serious allegations of horse-trading in the recent Senate elections, also complained that several newly-elected senators were taken to an undisclosed locations to switch their loyalties. Congratulations Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani.

Today, Fata and MQM senators have said that they will also be voting for Sanjrani and Madviwala.

Prior to the polling, Sanjrani appeared confident of victory and claimed to enjoy the support of over 70 members of the house, hinting at defections from the PML-N and its allies.

Shortly before, Nawaz Sharif, ex-prime minister and leader of that group, was in favor of keeping Raza Rabbani of the PPP as head of the upper house.

The opposition parties - PPP and PTI - have vowed support to Saleem Mandviwalla as the deputy chairman.

Although the PML-N had a sole majority with its 33 members and also had support from some other parties, its candidate could not win required favors.

The PTI showed its readiness to support a PPP candidate after a meeting between Bizenjo and Imran Khan at the latter's Banigala residence on Sunday.

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Half of the senators are elected for six years, and half for three years.

Explaining his party's stance after a meeting with Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Sanjrani, MQM-P Senator Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said: "It will not be possible for us to vote for the PPP [deputy chairman] candidate [Saleem Mandviwalla]" due to the PPP government's performance in Sindh.

In a lighter moment, all senators clapped and banged tables in appreciation when a new member, from a marginalised Hindu caste, entered the chamber.

Mushahidullah said the decision over the election of the Chairman Senate and the Deputy Chairman Senate was made unanimously.

The chairman-elect will be administered oath, which will be followed by announcement of the name (s) of candidate (s) nominated for election as deputy chairman.

The runner-up Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, a candidate of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), secured 46 votes.

The political parties were scrambling till last minute to get the upper hand through election of chairman.

"And if PPP's leadership does not want to field Rubbani as candidate for Senate chairman, we will find someone from our own fold", he said, adding that he was already in touch with Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Hasil Bizenjo and Maulana Fazlur Rehman over the matter.

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