Senate chairman election has been stolen: Bilawal Bhutto

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday blamed that the Senate chairman election was stolen from them.

Addressing a press conference, Bilawal accused the presiding officer (PO) of rejecting their candidate Yousaf Raza Gillani’s seven votes unlawfully.

Bilawal claimed that “We have won the election for Senate chairman,” adding that the opposition had a majority in the upper house of the parliament.

The PPP chairman said that they will move the court against the election results. Bilawal hoped that the court will provide them with justice.

Meanwhile, Senator Yousuf Raza Gillani has said that he “won the Senate chairman’s election by securing 49 votes”.

This comes as the ruling party won both seats in the senate chairmanship election.

In the race for chairman, Sadiq Sanjrani received 48 votes, while Yousaf Raza Gillani received 42 votes.

On the other hand, government candidate Mirza Mohammad Afridi won the election for the deputy chairman of the Senate with 54 votes, defeating Opposition’s Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, who grabbed 44 votes.

On the other hand, Opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Friday announced that they will challenge the rejection of seven votes cast in favour of their candidate Yousaf Raza Gilani on the court.

According to the details, Gilani who lost the Senate chairman election to Sadiq Sanjrani by six votes despite the opposition majority in the house.

Addressing a press conference outside the Parliament House, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Pervez Ashraf said PDM candidate Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was defeated in the Senate election despite the fact that the opposition parties had a clear majority in the upper house of the parliament.

He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government installed cameras in the Senate to record the Senators casting their votes. Seven votes cast in favour of Gilani were rejected merely based on the stamp at the wrong place.

He further added that the PDM was confident that the court would give it relief. The government-backed candidate was defeated despite employing all tactics. The government stole this election and its contempt of the parliament. Sanjrani would have refused to contest this election had he been a democracy/Pakistan lover because he knew he did not have the numbers to win this election, Ashraf said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal said this would not happen even in a fourth world country. The world was exploring mars and talking about the fourth industrial revolution, but Pakistan was still fighting for respect for the vote.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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