Political parties redouble efforts for Senate chairmanship | Pakistan

The upper house of parliament in the meeting. Photo: Geo News file

The political temperature is growing, as the parties double their efforts to develop strategic alliances before the election as chairman and deputy chairman of the Senate.

The competition between the Pakistan Muslim League-Navas (PML-N) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPS) for the two power structures will largely depend on independent senators.

According to reports received by Geo News political parties come into contact with eight and four newly elected independent senators from Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, respectively, who can change the course of the upcoming poll with the selection of their alliance.

The PPP claims to capitulate the Balochistan senators to its own advantage

The PPP delegation that reached Quetta today stated that all eight independent Balochistan senators assured the party of their support in the upcoming survey .

Dr. Abdul Kayoum Suomro (left) and Faisal Karim Kundi (right) reached Quetta here on Sunday, March 4, 2018, to persuade the newly elected independent senators to form an alliance with their party. Photo: Geo News

The delegation, which included Dr Abdul Kayoum Suomro, Faisal Karim Kundi and Ali Madad Jattak, had reached Quetta until today to meet with the chief minister of Baluchistan, Mir Abdul Quddus

The party leaders held talks to persuade newly elected independent senators to join the party on special assignments of the co-chairman of PPP Asif Ali Zardari.

The senior leader of the party, Khurshid Shah and Soomro, both claimed that the PPP will "win the war" in the presidency of the Senate.

"There is no conflict with any political party"

] Bizenjo, elected as the chief minister of the province after a mistrust against the provincial government headed by the PML-N on January 13, said his party is ready to lead negotiations with all parties in the broader interests of their province.

Mir Abdul Quddus Bizengho, the Prime Minister of Balochistan, speaks at a press conference in Quetta on March 4, 2018. Photo: Geo News

] "We do not have conflicts with any party," Bisengjo told journalists at a press conference earlier.

He also stressed the importance of his party, which laid six seats in the Upper Chamber.


Independent candidates supported by the ruling party won 15 seats in the Senate throughout the country, according to unofficial and unconfirmed results .

At present there are 33 seats in the upper house. Along with its allies, the party has 48 seats in the Senate.


The PPS was replaced as the largest party in the Senate after Saturday polls. The party, for six seats, has a total of 21 seats. Along with its allies, the party holds 40 seats in the upper house of parliament.


The Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf, which has 12 seats, is the third largest party in the Senate. Thanks to the strong opposition of PML-N and PPP, it will be interesting to see which part of PTI will decide to unite.

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