ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has asked the leaders of all political parties for a luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Aaj News reported.
In a meeting, substances regarding election of Senate Chairman and Deputy Chairman will come under consultation.
The members of the largest party (PPP) Pakistan people’s Party in the Senate with 27 seats had convinced the MQM (Muttahida Qaumi Movement), the ANP (Awami National Party) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Q to support their candidate, Senator Raza Rabbani, for the Chairman Senate.
ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali declared he had support of four Senators from FATA to back Rabbani’s candidacy for chairman Senate.
Wherever, a candidate requires at least 48 votes to be elected as Chairman in Parliament’s Upper House.
The PML-N appeared the top Party in last week’s Senate election, but knock down just one short of the PPP’s 27 members.
Khawaja Saad Rafique, the member of PML-N carried meetings with MQM leaders twice on Monday, endorsing the party to rethink their decision to back the Pakistan People’s Party candidate, Raza Rabbani.
The MQM has welcomed the PM’s request for the luncheon meeting and says it will make a decision in the best inters of the country.
Meantime, Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s Party JUI-F is still unsure on which candidate to vote in the Senate election. Fazl will later also participate in the luncheon meeting.
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that his party is a part of ruling coalition government, but he will intimate a decision after luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and consulting with his party members today.
On the other hand, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has already announced that it will not support candidates of either the PML-N or the PPP for Senate chairman.