PM Imran Khan meets lawmakers ahead of Senate Elections

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

01st Mar, 2021. 03:38 pm

Prime Minister Imran Khan held meeting with lawmakers at Parliament House ahead of the Senate elections scheduled for March 3.

According to the details, Imran Khan is meeting the lawmakers from the ruling coalition to listen to their grievances and address their reservations.

Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadi and Special Assistant Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar were also present during the meeting.

The MNAs met Imran Khan today included Muhammad Iqbal Afridi, Gul Dad Khan, Gul Zafar Khan, Sajid Khan and Jawad Hussain.

The ruling party is making hectic efforts to ensure victory of Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, who is contesting the election from the Islamabad seat against former PM and the Opposition’s joint candidate, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Earlier today, after the Supreme Court’s opinion on the Senate election, government ministers including Fawad Chaudhry, Babar Awan and Special Assistant for Accountability Shehzad Akbar, Senator Faisal Javed and Special Assistant Shahbaz Gill reached the Election Commission.

Speaking on the occasion, the Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood said that ‘the purpose of the meeting with the top electoral body was to talk to the Election Commissioner regarding the implementation of the opinion of the Supreme Court. The decision of the Supreme Court supports our position.’

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Babar Awan said that the Election Commission could decide on vote secrecy according to the ground conditions. The video of buying and selling votes in the Senate elections is in front of everyone.

He said that the Election Commission has five authorities to conduct elections and it is the responsibility of the Election Commission to hold transparent polls.

It should be noted that after the opinion of the Supreme Court, all the responsibility regarding the Senate elections falls on the Election Commission.

The Supreme Court, today while hearing the presidential reference seeking voting by show of hands, remarked that the Senate elections would be held by secret ballot as per the Constitution and it is the responsibility of the Election Commission to conduct free and fair elections.

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