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PPP Would Get Benefit in Senate Polls From MQM-P Rift: Faisal

Karachi (March 03, 2018)- Muttahida Qaumi Movement lawmaker Faisal Subzwari on Saturday said that it was unfortunate that the two lawmakers of the MQM-P has joined hand with PPP for Senate Elections.

“It is not good to benefit PPP for a single person (referring to Kamran Tessori) from MQM-P lawmakers,” he said while talking to media in Sindh Assembly.

He said that PPP would be benefited from the rifts among the MQM-P factions in Senate elections.

“Farooq Sattar and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui are holding separate grounds and the situation that had begun from February 5 is unfortunate for the party,” he said.

He said that they are in touch with PML-N, PTI and Functional League over joint candidates on women and technocrat seats.

Polling for the Senate elections went under way at 9am across the four provincial assemblies and National Assembly and is expected to conclude without a break at 4pm today.

Candidates are contesting for 52 Senate seats from the provinces, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the federal capital.

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Rangers and Frontier Constabulary personnel have been deployed outside the provincial assemblies and Parliament.

The four provincial assemblies vote for their representatives, whereas the FATA senators are elected by the MNAs from the tribal areas and the Islamabad senators by the National Assembly members.

It is to be mentioned here that ten candidates from Punjab province are contesting for seven seats in the Senate. Asif Kimani, Shaheen Khalid Butt, Zubair Gul, Haroon Akhtar, Rana Maqbool, Mussadiq Malik and Rana Mehmoodul Hassan are PML-N candidates from Punjab while Shehzad Ali from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Chaudhry Sarwar of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Kamil Ali Agha of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) are taking part from Punjab.Hafiz Abdul Karim and finance minister Ishaq Dar, belonging to PML-N, are contesting the polls for technocrat seats. Also contesting for technocrat seats are PTI’s Malik Asif Javed and PPP’s Nawazish Ali Khan.

Sadia Abbasi of PML-N, Hina Rabbani Khar, Andaleeb Abbasi and Nuzhat Sadiq are contesting Senate elections 2018 from Punjab for women’s seats.

Kamran Michael and Victor are contending for one minority’s seat in Senate from Punjab.

As many as 24 candidates are contesting polls for four Senate seats reserved for Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). For 12 seats for Sindh, as many as 33 candidates are taking part.

26 candidates are contesting the elections for 11 seats of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and 23 candidates for 11 seats of Balochistan province.Senate elections are being contested by on 52 seats by 131 candidates from the provinces, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Islamabad.

A total of 20 candidates are contesting 12 seats from Punjab, 33 on 12 seats from Sindh, 26 on 11 seats from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 25 on 11 seats from Balochistan, 24 on four seats from FATA and five on two seats from Islamabad.

The four provincial assemblies vote for their representatives, whereas the FATA senators are elected by the MNAs from the tribal areas and the Islamabad senators by the National Assembly members.

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