PTI’s Ayub Afridi resigns from Senate to create seat for Tarin


ISLAMABAD – PTI Senator Ayub Afridi has resigned from the upper house of parliament, said a notification issued by the Senate on Tuesday.

Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani has accepted Afridi’s resignation. He has now been inducted as a cabinet member as PM’s Advisor on overseas Pakistan, media reports said.

The Senate Secretariat has informed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) about the vacant post so the process to get Sahukat Tarin, adviser to PM on Finance, elected as senator.

As per the law, the ECP is bound to conduct election for the vacant Senate seat with 30 days.

In a video message, Afridi said that he had resigned from the post on the nod of PM Imran Khan, adding that he had not objection in this regard as the Senate seat was given him by the premier.

Last month, the federal government appointed Shaukat Tarin as PM’s adviser on finance as a stopgap arrangement till completion of the process to elect him as senator.

It is pertinent to mention here that Tarin constitutionally requires to be elected as a Member of Parliament till October 16, 2021 for continuation as the federal minister for finance.

Earlier, the PTI government planned to get him elected to the Senate on the seat Ishaq Dar but it could not go with that plant due to some uncertainties.

“He could not become senator due to non-implementation of Elections Act Amendment Ordinance on Ishaq Dar’s seat.” In this regard, the federal government has approached the Supreme Court on Dar’s seat. In this regard, the federal government has approached the Supreme Court on Ishaq Dar’s seat.

It may be recalled that Shaukat Tarin was made a federal minister for six months. According to the Constitution, if he does not become a Member of Parliament within six months, he must resign.

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