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Senate elections: Govt and opposition in last ditch efforts to garner support

 

Senate elections: Govt and opposition in last ditch efforts to garner support





ISLAMABAD: As the Senate election campaign in the country comes to an end from midnight today (Monday), the government and the opposition Alliance Pakistan Democratic Alliance (PDM) have called for last-ditch efforts to garner maximum support and Both are confident of their chances of victory.

On Sunday, the two sides held some open and secret meetings as part of the election campaign. The government has also formulated a strategy for the Senate elections and Prime Minister Imran Khan has also come out in support of the PTI candidates. He will meet ruling party lawmakers in parliament today (Monday) to ensure that no one deviates from the party line during the voting. Sources said that the Prime Minister is expected to listen to the grievances of the party MPs and assure them of resolving their issues.

The PDM has tasked Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to win the support of joint candidate Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, while the government has tasked Pervez Khattak to ensure the victory of PTI candidates from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Asad Omar will see that in this regard, the parties participating in the Senate elections in Balochistan are doing their best to surprise Islamabad, KP and Sindh.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that the Senate election campaign will end between midnight today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday). The ECP has asked all political parties and contesting candidates to abide by the provisions of the law and ban themselves so that the polls can be held on March 3 in an orderly and peaceful manner.
On March 11, 52 senators are due to retire and will be replaced by new senators. The PTI has taken action over the possibility of a seat adjustment between the PPP and the MQM-P, prompting the coalition parties to hold a luncheon in honor of PTI chief organizer Saifullah Niazi on Sunday. Was given.

According to Geo News, the lunch was attended by Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) President Sadruddin Shah Rashdi, Hasnain Mirza, Shehryar Mehr and others from Ittehad. However, no MQM-P member showed up, it emerged.

Talking to media after lunch, PTI leader Maulvi Mahmood said that he had invited the parties for lunch in honor of the candidates contesting the Senate elections. He said that despite the invitation, the MQM delegation could not come due to busy schedule.

On the other hand, the MQM spokesperson said that the party members could not attend the PTI lunch due to organizational commitments. The spokesperson said that all the parties were engaged in preparations for the forthcoming elections with their own views and the MQM was in constant touch with the PTI and GDA leadership regarding the Senate elections.

Minister for Planning and Development Asad Omar said that PTI gives its members the right to be different. He said that PTI is not like PML-N where members are expelled for disagreeing with Mian Sahib. He said that the members who were told not to vote for the government had assured the meeting that they would definitely vote for the PTI candidates.

PTI leader Ali Zaidi said the opposition was afraid of an open referendum because it wanted the continuation of Changa Manga politics. MQM leaders have so far expressed the view that voting for Yousuf Raza Gilani would be tantamount to a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Imran Khan and therefore are of the view that "unity for two Senate seats Sacrifice cannot be made. "

Earlier on Sunday, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Maulana Fazlur Rehman held a meeting and expressed their determination for the success of the PDM candidates in the Senate elections. A PPP delegation led by Bilawal called on Maulana Fazlur Rehman at his residence in Islamabad. He was accompanied by former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Farhatullah Babar Bilawal.

Talking to media after the meeting, Fazlur Rehman said that immediately after the Senate elections. Later, PDM leadership meetings will be held and the new strategy will be worked out and explained.

The JUI-F chief said, "The PDM is the only voice of the people in the entire country and getting rid of such rulers (the current government) will serve the people of Pakistan." Explaining that the PDM was just a movement and not an electoral alliance, he said that the opposition parties were not trying to cut each other's votes in the elections from a moral point of view.

"They thought that the PDM parties themselves would harm each other's votes, but the PDM is united in all four provinces as well as in the Center and is contesting the Senate elections." God willing, successful results will emerge in the Senate elections, "he said." There is an atmosphere of frustration in the ranks of the PTI government.

Fazlur Rehman said that in terms of inflation and the security situation in Pakistan, the PDM is "the only voice of the people". Referring to a shooting incident earlier this week, he noted that "three of our youths were martyred in Islamabad", adding that similar incidents were taking place in other areas.

He said that a strategy has been worked out for the Senate elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Bilawal said that the PDM had challenged the PTI government "on every front" and through the next Senate elections it would The message was that "even government legislators are not with the government."
"We will succeed in our mission," he insisted. "We have developed both open and secret ballots," he said, noting that the Democratic legislature PDM Will support

Bilawal went to the PTI government's home base and vowed to challenge it there. "We will also give the government in KP a tough time," he added. Referring to Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, he said, "The formula that has been worked out for Pakhtunkhwa will unite and challenge the government. On one side is Yousuf Raza Gilani and on the other side, PTIF. Are candidates. "

He further said, "We will benefit from the PML-N seats in Punjab in the election of the chairperson of the Senate and these votes will be very important. The PPP chief also said that the anti-government coalition PTI The BJP has spoken to the Karachi-based MQM-P alliance and "hopefully they will join the voice of the opposition".

"The MQM (P) was elected from Karachi but the federal government orphaned Karachi. We have spoken to the MQM-P, members of the PTI government, and other government allies. We hope that The Supreme Court will decide accordingly. The constitution and the law, "Bilawal added.

Meanwhile, Bilawal invited Hamza Shahbaz to discuss the political situation, especially the upcoming Senate elections, at a dinner. PML-N leader Ataullah Tarar said that PML-N vice president and opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz received a telephone call from Bilawal on Sunday. He said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari congratulated Hamza Shahbaz Sharif on his release.

The two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest. Meanwhile, former President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Islamabad to consult with party leaders on the Upper House elections and finalize the election strategy.

Zardari is expected to meet Maulana Fazlur Rehman and the leadership of the opposition alliance. Meanwhile, PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has claimed that Yousuf Raza Gilani will win the contest by a huge margin.

Talking to media along with Ahsan Iqbal at Daniel Aziz's Dera in Narowal, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi maintained that the Senate elections were just an election, not a no-confidence motion. He said that he has not yet seen any role of the Establishment in the Senate elections.



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