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Imran says Senate chairman, deputy chairman should be from Balochistan, FATA

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Friday put weight behind Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) candidates for election on the seats of Senate chairman and deputy chairman, ARY News reported.

“We will strive to make chairman senate from Balochistan, while deputy chairman should be from FATA region to recognise their sacrifices in the war on terror,” he said while talking to media in Islamabad regarding election on the top seats of the senate.

He said through appointing deputy chairman from FATA we will be able to acknowledge their sacrifices in the war on terror for the last 15 years.

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The PTI chief said the nationalist movement in Balochistan was there because they believed that they were deprived of their rights. He said the sense of deprivation in both the regions was developed under the governments of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N).

He said senate represented all the provinces equally and all the provinces owed to elect chairman senate from Balochistan.

Imran told that a PTI delegation was active in wooing independent senators in this regard.

“Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak is leading a delegation and meeting independent senators of FATA and Balochistan to persuade them to take a stand on this,” he said.

He also requested the two largest parties, Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-N, to provide Balochistan and Fata a chance in the Senate elections.

To a query, he said the PTI will not vote for the PPP and PML-N.

Pakistan’s Senate comprises of 104 members and a clear majority to replace the outgoing Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, whose office term will end on March 11, need at least 53 votes, which no single party has got.

The PML-N emerged as the largest parliamentary group of the house with 33 Senators. While, the PPP has overall 20 seats in the Senate and the PTI stands third major party in the Senate with 13 seats.

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