State institution’s meddling in Senate top slots’ polls: Khaqan

Observer Report

A day before the election for Senate’s top slots, the Pakistan Muslim League-N has alleged that its senators are receiving phone calls from “representatives of the state” not to vote for the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s joint candidates but for the candidates of the ruling PTI.

“I want to believe DG ISPR [when he says the army has nothing to do with politics] but our senators have been complaining that they are receiving phone calls,” former prime minister and PML-N senior vice-resident Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said while addressing a press conference along with other party leaders in Islamabad on Thursday.

The stage is set for the contest on the Senate chairman’s slot on March 12 (today) between incumbent Sadiq Sanjrani, who has been nominated by Prime Minister Imran Khan as the ruling party’s candidate and Yousaf Raza Gilani, the joint candidate of opposition parties — the PDM.

Lamenting the alleged pressure being put on the senators of his party to change their loyalties, Abbasi said that the opposition does not want to blame anyone but senators should be allowed to vote for the candidate of their choice.

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