The Pakistan Election Commission denied the request by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), to avoid notifying Senator Yousaf Raza Gilani, who had been recently elected.
Last Wednesday, Gilani defeated Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh in the Senate elections as a joint nominee for the 11-party Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) with a technocrat sitting in Islamabad. In the latter’s 164 he was given 169 votes.
Saturday, 3 PTI leaders –Farrukh Habib, Maleeka Bokhari, and Kanwal Shauzab – came up with an election commission to stop Gilani from issuing a victory notice before the sample is finished on an argumentative video that demonstrates to MPs how they can waste their votes former Prime Minister Ali Haider Gilani’s son.
Another petition submitted on Monday requested an early hearing of the lawsuit, set for 11 March – one day prior to the election of Senate President.
“The matter is particularly critical because now the president of the Senate is an elected Senator with unethical practises,” the petition said.
“It is an extremely important problem, and the implications would be far-reaching.”
“Yousuf Raza Gilani’s elections were a rare event in the political past of the country,” the request continued.
“Hopes that, once it has heard the question relating to the NA- 75 by-elections, Daska, the election commission will hear it immediately.”
“The notice issuance should cease until the video scandal action is over,” said the petition.
The video showed Ali Gilani how parliamentarians cancel votes hours before the representatives of the country had been scheduled to attend the Senate elections. Ali Gilani agreed to be in the leaked video at a press conference but refused to make a bargain to get votes for his father.
Sindh Local Government Minister Nasir Hussain Shah provided a separate video clip that guaranteed four parliamentarians to receive “over” the agreement payments and settle all provincial government problems.
The individual who was seen to conclude the bargain said to Shah that all four were “vendors” and Shah promised in response that the lawmakers were now responsible for all of his “Brothers.”
PDM appoints Gilani as Senate President
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has nominated Yousaf Raza Gilani as its joint candidate for Senate chairman after he defeated Finance Minister Hafeez Sheikh in the recent Senate elections. In a meeting chaired by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the PDM agreed on this today. Senate chairman elections will be held on March 12 and will be conducted in secret balloting.
The government, on the other hand, has declared Sadiq Sanjrani as its candidate for Senate Chairman.
Following Gilani’s surprise Senate victory, PM Khan sought and obtained a vote of confidence in the National Assembly on Saturday. The prime minister required the help of 172 MPs in the 342-seat House to keep his job, and he received 178 votes.
Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani survived a no-confidence motion brought by the joint opposition in August 2019. Even though 64 senators had stood up in support of the no-trust motion against Sanjrani at the start of the session, it fell short of the 53 votes required to remove him.
The decision was made during the alliance’s meeting, chaired by its head Maulana Fazlur Rehman, in Islamabad.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Aftab Sherpao, Gilani, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Raja Pervez Ashraf were also in attendance. The three-time prime minister of the country and PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif also addressed the meeting via video-link from London.
The high-level meeting assessed the situation following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vote of confidence as well as the country’s overall political situation.
On Saturday, the lower house of parliament reaffirmed its confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan by voting overwhelmingly in his favour, with 178 votes cast in his favour, six more than the magic number of 172. The PDM, on the other hand, boycotted the NA session called by President Arif Alvi explicitly for the PM’s confidence vote.