PML-N Strategizes to secure 21 Seats in the Senate
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz have developed a strategy to contest the upcoming Senate election in order to secure a total of 21 seats from across the country.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed a focal person in each province to ensure negotiations and victory for his party’s candidates and stop any possible horse-trading within the PML-N.
In Punjab, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is the focal person while former law minister Rana Sanaullah Khan is responsible to ensure a win at all 11 Senate seats while the MPAs do not deflect.
The PML-N currently enjoys support of 312 MPAs out of total 371 members in Punjab Assembly.
Sources said out of the PML-N’s 312 members, 120 belong to South Punjab and majority of them might vote in favour of Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) candidate Nadeem Afzal Chan, the party’s sole candidate in Punjab.
PML-N has approached the PPP to convince it to withdraw its candidate – a request politely turned down by the PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari.
Rana Sanaullah is also trying to convince the party MPAs that the three candidates from Karachi – Saleem Zia, Nihal Hashmi and Mushahidullah Khan – will benefit the party and strengthen it in Karachi in future politics. Though there remain fears that eligibility of its three candidates from Karachi might be challenged at the court.
The PML-N has included the name of Saleem Zia at the eleventh hour as its earlier announced candidate Dr Asif Kirmani might be disqualified as he is currently serving as political secretary to the PM and drawing salaries.
PML-N has eight MPAs in Sindh Assembly. Currently consensus on Syed Zafar Ali Shah, PM Nawaz himself will talk with Pakistan Muslim League-Functional chief Pir of Pagara and other leaders, ensuring his win.
There are reports that a majority of the PML-N’s 22 MPAs have assured the PML-N’s provincial allies –Pashtoonkhwa Mili Awami Party (PkMAP), National Party (NP) and others – that they will secretly cast their vote in favour of their candidates instead of the PML-N one.
The PML-N’s senior leadership has approached PkMAP leader Mehmood Khan Achakzai, and NP leaders Hasil Bazinjo and Abdul Malik Baloch to convince them to field joint candidates. The allies remain reluctant for they believe if contested elections separately they might get their candidates elected in Senate.
On Saturday, PM Nawaz announced that his party has struck a deal with the NP and the PkMAP that after two-and-a-half-years, the government in Balochistan would be transferred over to the PML-N for the remaining tenure.
The PML-N with the support of its 17 MPAs in the K-P Assembly has fielded only one candidate, Lt-Gen (retd) Salahuddin Tirmizi. K-P Governor Sardar Mehtab Khan Abbasi is the focal leader to fulfill the party task for Senate election.
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