Pakistan

"Traders" in politics bring disgrace to all, says PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that those indulging in horse-trading bring disgrace to all parliamentarians, ARY News reported.

He stated this while addressing a meeting parliamentary leaders in Islamabad on Friday. The meeting, however, failed to develop consensus over constitutional amendment for Senate elections.

In his remarks, the PM condemned horse-trading and termed it an act of disgrace for all parliamentarians. He said some people without any party affiliation want to contest the Senate election on the basis of money.

Mr. Sharif said this is not about buying votes, but about buying a parliamentarian’s conscience.

The meeting was attended by Leader of the Opposition  Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah; former prime minister Raja Parvez Ashraf;  MQM’s Dr. Farooq Sattar, PTI’s Shafqat Mahmood, Dr. Arif Alvi and Shireen Mazari; JUI(F)’s Maulana Fazal ur Rehman, PML(F)’s Pir Sadruddin Shah, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party’s Senator Abdul Rauf, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Sahibzada Tariqullah; Awami National Party’s Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour and Mian Iftikhar; PML(Zia)’s Muhammad Ijaz Ul Haq, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao of Qaumi Watan Party, Dr Ghazi Gulab Jamal and Abbas Khan Afridi from FATA; and Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and Ayub Malik of National Party NP.

Senior ministers were also present on the occasion.

During the meeting, 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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