Presidential ordinance for FATA Senate seats to be annulled


The government led by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and opposition parties led by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday decided that the recently invoked presidential ordinance for FATA Senate seats would be annulled with immediate effect.

The decision was reached at the luncheon hosted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the heads of all political parties where he announced that the government was ready to back PPP candidate Raza Rabbani for Senate chairmanship.

On the eve of the Senate elections, President Mamnoon Hussain had signed an ordinance, altering the rules to replace the presidential ordinance on FATA regulations issued in 2002. The new ordinance restricted MNAs from FATA to just one vote instead of four votes.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had suspended and then eventually postponed the Senate elections for FATA seats on March 5.