Pakistan

Efforts for Senate Chairman election in top gear

ISLAMABAD: The tug of war for the top Senate slots has reached to a new intensity as Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has offered Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s JUI-F the post of deputy chairman of Senate.

According to ARY News, former president Asif Ali Zardari, who has been famed for his clever moves on the political chessboard, has offered the office of deputy chairman Senate to Maulana Fazlur Rehman through PPP Senator Raza Rabbani.

The move could strengthen the PPP ranks with five senators of JUI-F apart of the votes of its allies Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) with eight seats, Awami National Party (ANP) seven seats, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) four seats and two senators of BNP Awami. The coalition of these opposition groups in Senate coupled with 27 senators of the PPP could reach to the golden number of 53, desirable to win the chairman and deputy chairman election in the upper house.

PPP rivals, ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which has boosted its seats to 26 in the upper house in recent Senate polls has also intensified contacts to win the coveted Senate office.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been forced to repair his severed links with Q-League and also holding contacts with Baloch nationalist leader Akhtar Mengal.

It is being said that the ruling party could also offer the deputy chairman’s slot to Fazlur Rehman to counter the PPP move.

According to sources PML-N has accessed to PTI leader Shafqat Mehmood seeking an alliance in the upper house.

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