PDM rejects govt’s offer to elect unopposed Senators in KP

Staff Reporter

Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has rejected the government’s offer to elect candidates unopposed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Senate elections.

According to sources, the government has offered two out of the seven general seats to the PDM from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but the PDM has refrained from responding to the government’s offer.

Senator Taj Afridi called on PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and offered him two Senate seats on behalf of the government.

PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and PPP leader Raja Pervaiz Ashraf were also present during the meeting.

Meanwhile, the government has reportedly offered six seats to the Opposition in the upcoming March 3 Senate election in the Balochistan Assembly, sources said Monday.

The proposal was reportedly brought to opposition lawmaker Ghafoor Haideri of the JUI-F by incumbent Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani.

Sources said that an emergency meeting was convened at BNP-M chief Akhtar Mengal’s residence in Quetta to discuss the matter shortly therafter.

The development came hours after the Supreme Court of Pakistan opined that the Senate election is held “under the Constitution” and thus cannot be conducted through an open ballot, as per the government’s demand.


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