The Top Electoral Body Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has approved the nomination papers of all candidates of Pakistan Peoples Party from Sindh for the Senate election.
According to the details, the election commission will conduct scrutiny of the nomination papers of further 22 candidates submitted for 11 senate seats for general as well as the seats for technocrats and women categories.
The commission has summoned PTI’s Faisal Vawda, GDA’s Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi, MQM’s Amir Khan and other senate candidates.
The PPP has issued tickets to Taj Haider, Shahadat Awan, Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, Salim Mandviwalla and Sherry Rehman, for Sindh’s general seats. For the technocrat seats, tickets were given to Farooq Naek, Karim Ahmed Khawaja and Shahadat Awan, while for the women’s seat, Palwasha Khan, Khairunisa Mughal and Rukhsana Shah have been nominated by the party.
A total of forty-eight senators will be elected this time including 12 each from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, eleven each from Sindh and Punjab and and two from Islamabad.
It is worth mentioning here that ECP on Thursday rejected objections raised by the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) on the nomination papers of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Returning Officer Zafar Iqbal Malik announced the reserved verdict today. PTI candidates Syed Ali Muhammad Bukhari and Farid-ur-Rehman challenged Yousuf Raza Gilani’s nomination papers.
Yousuf Raza Gilani, a joint candidate of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) from Islamabad, belongs to the PPP.
He served as the prime minister from 2008 till June 19, 2012 when the Supreme Court disqualified him for the contempt of court.
The PDM – an 11-party opposition alliance formed with the avowed aim to dislodge the PI government – claims that the election of Gilani from one of the two Senate seats of Islamabad will be like a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Imran Khan.