Senate Chairmanship: PPP makes a big offer to PTI
KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has offered deputy chairman Senate slot to Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf in order to get its candidate elected as Chairman Senate.
PPP has contacted senior leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for Senate chairman and deputy chairman, in an attempt to block the ruling party’s bid to elect its candidate.
According to sources, PPP intends to have its own candidate elected for the chairman position while it has offered PTI deputy chairman seat.
PPP claimed that PTI leadership responded in positive to the idea and has also assured the party of convincing PTI chief Imran Khan.
PPP claims to swaying eight independent Balochistan senators in its favour
In Saturday’s Senate elections, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-baked independent candidates bagged 15 seats, making it the single largest party in the upper house. However, PPP, which bagged 12 seats, disputed PML-N’s claim, and also said it has support of independent candidates from Balochistan.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto on Sunday said that the party is in contact with other parties and will try to bring a candidate for Senate chairman from the opposition.
Meanwhile PTI won six seats, taking its total count to 12.
PML-N's Raja Zafarul Haq has been a strong contender for the top post in the upper house, while the name of Pervaiz Rasheed is also under consideration.
The PML-N, however, may consider if the PPP nominates outgoing Senate chairman Raza Rabbani, according to sources.