ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders celebrated the victory of their joint candidate, Yousaf Raza Gillani, in the Senate election in a major setback to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which is crying foul.
Gillani won the hotly contested general seat from Islamabad by defeating Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, a strong candidate of the PTI.
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari took to Twitter stating, “Democracy is the best revenge. Jiye Bhutto”.
Democracy is the best revenge. Jeya Bhutto!
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) March 3, 2021
PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz also extended congratulations to Gillani and the PDM, an alliance over 11 opposition parties.
In the tweet, she also felicitated the MNAs over the victory stating that they have accepted the stance of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and refused to bow down and sell their votes. She concluded as, “The future is yours”.
یوسف رضا گیلانی صاحب کو دلی مبارکباد۔ PDM کو بھی مبارکباد۔ مسلم لیگ ن کے ممبران ِ قومی اسمبلی کو بھی مبارکباد اور شاباش۔ نواز شریف کے فیصلے اور بیانیے کا مان رکھا اور جھکنے اور بکنے سے انکار کر دیا۔ شاباش مسلم لیگ ن ! مستقبل آپ کا ہے انشاءاللّہ 🙌🏽
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) March 3, 2021
On the other hand, PTI’s Senator Faisal Javed responding to the Gillan’s victory said that “horse trading at its peak”. He also called for investigation into the matter.
Horse trading at its peak. Must be investigated and justice must be served. May ALLAH help Imran Khan eliminate corruption from this country.
We are with you Imran Khan – You are sole fighter against corruption and you will win insha'ALLAH
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) March 3, 2021
“May Allah help [Prime Minister] Imran Khan eliminate corruption from this country. We are with you [Prime Minister] Imran Khan,” said Javed, adding that the premier was the “sole fighter” against corruption.