Pakistan

Political leaders divided over amendment for Senate polls

ISLAMABAD: The meeting of parliamentary leaders in Islamabad, chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to discuss proposed amendments for Senate polls ended inconclusively over lack of consensus between the political parties, ARY News reported.

The PM had summoned the moot for exchange of views on making the Senate elections transparent.

The draft of 22nd constitutional amendment was given to the participants. PM Sharif took exception to the elements indulging horse-trading. He linked this practice to tantamount to compromising on one’s dignity.

The Pakistan People’s Party and Jamiat Ulema Islam (Fazl) opposed the amendment bill while Mutahidda Qaumi Movement, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakhtonkhwa Milli Awami Party favoured the bill.

The meeting ended without any outcome due to lack of consensus. The PM said the meeting would be held again on Saturday to hammer out a solution.

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