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PM Imran directs party leaders to finalize strategy for Senate polls

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the government would take the Senate elections on two vacated seats ‘seriously’ and contact all relevant stake holders in this regard, ARY News reported.

The government high-ups have started mulling on the strategy to prepare for the Senate elections on two seats that are to be held after three days.  PM Khan also held a meeting with chief minister Punjab, governor Punjab, Jahangir Tareen and others to finalize the strategy.

The premier asked party leaders not to consider Senate polls easy. He has also summoned a parliamentary meeting in Punjab on Nov 14 to hold consultations on the Upper House elections.

According to the data available on the Punjab Assembly website, the PTI had a total strength of 180 members in the house while its ally, the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q), had 10 seats, bringing the tally up to 190 votes.

On the contrary, the PML-N has 167 members while the PPP has seven. There are four independent candidates as well. The PML-N had awarded the ticket to former senator Saud Majeed and former state minister for health Saira Tarar.

The PTI had given the tickets to Waleed Iqbal, the grandson of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, and Seemi Aizdi to contest the Senate elections.

The two Senate seats in Punjab fell vacant after Sadia Abbasi, the sister of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and PML-N leader Haroon Akhtar Khan were disqualified for possessing dual nationalities.

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