SC’s opinion on presidential reference is constitutional

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Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid on Monday termed the opinion of Supreme Court (SC) on presidential reference regarding Senate elections as constitutional and according to the law.

Talking to a private TV channel, the minister expressed hope that the Senate polls will become interesting now.

Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh will win from Islamabad whereas other provinces are considering the option of settlement, he claimed.

The reaction came after SC, in its opinion on the presidential reference on open Senate vote, said that the elections in the upper house of the Parliament will be held through secret ballot under article 226 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

The apex court has directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to use the latest technologies to stop corrupt practices and all institutions should assist ECP in holding the elections.—INP