15 Independent Senators join PML N, while 11 join Opposition Benches


*ISLAMABAD:* Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) backed senators have decided to join the treasury benches, it was reported on Thursday.

Two independent senators from FATA will join the treasury in addition to the 15 PML-N-backed senators, according to a notification issued by the Senate Secretariat.

11 independent senators, including six from FATA, have decided to join the opposition benches.

11 senators from Punjab2 senators from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa2 senators from Islamabad2 senators from Fata join PML N.

5 senators from Balochistan6 senators from Fata join Opposition benches.

All PML-N nominees were declared independent by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) just a few days before the Senate elections were due to take place.

This decision was taken after the Supreme Court decision according to which Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as his party head and all official party decisions he took following July 28, 2017, Panama Papers verdict were considered null and void.

PML-N won the expected 15 seats in the Senate elections, whereas the PPP won on 12 seats which with the likely support of independent candidates may further allow it to consolidate its position in the upper house.

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