ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is the only party with majority in Senate; hence, the party is right to field its candidate for the Senate chair.
Horse trading is a bad practice which should be curbed in the country, he said while sparring with media outside the Accountability Court Islamabad hearing Avenfield corruption reference.
Commenting on a question regarding the number the PML-N has in the Upper House of the Parliament, Nawaz Sharif said, â€śWe have a considerably big number if allies also are taken into account. Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, Mahmood Khan Achakzai and Hasil are our allies.â€ť
However, he tipped Mian Raza Rabbani as the Senate chairman, observing Rabbani performs his job quite well and termed him a suitable person for the purpose.
Nawaz also suggested legislation to halt horse trading, saying, â€śWe are willing for legislation to stem horse trading.â€ť
He also claimed horse trading had been kick-started in Balochistan two to three ago.
Earlier yesterday, PPP President Asif Ali Zardari turned down the PML-Nâ€™s suggestion that Raza Rabbani should be re-elected as Chairman of the Senate.
â€śThank you very much, but I donâ€™t want this,â€ť said Zardari when asked by a journalist about Nawaz Sharifâ€™s support for the outgoing Senateâ€™s chairman.
After the March 3 Senate election, the PML-N emerged as the single largest with 33 members in the Upper House with a total strength of 104.
The PML-N has support of National Party and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party having five senators each. One member of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional and three independents from FATA are expected to take this count to 47.
On the other hand, the PPP stands with strength of 22; however, it is upbeat to garner support from the opposition parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and independents, in order to retain its hold on the House for another three-year terms. â€“Samaa
Published in Pakistan
Story first published: 8th March 2018