PPP bags 10, MQM-P, PML-F wins one seat each in Senate elections from Sindh

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KARACHI: Taking full advantage of the differences within the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) succeeded on Saturday to win 10 seats from Sindh in the Senate elections while  MQM-P and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) could only manage to win one seat in the Senate elections.

The polling for the 12 Senate seats started at 9 am at the Sindh Assembly in which a total of 161 MPAs cast their votes for their candidates. However, the media persons were restrained by the assembly authorities from covering the Senate elections that resulted in holding of a protest by the journalists outside the Sindh Assembly.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah was the first who cast vote while the second vote was cast by MPA Rubina Qaimkhani who later went to attend the funeral of his young son who died the other day in a road accident.

According to sources, at least 800 ballot papers were printed for four different categories, while the Sindh Assembly had two polling booths established.

According to final results announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan, PPP’s Imamduddin Shauqeen, Mian Raza Rabbani, Maula Bux Chandio, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Ali Shah Jamote, while MQM-P’s Farogh Naseem and PML-F’s Muzaffar Shah turned victorious on general seats.

While the PPP grabbed both the seats for technocrats and its nominated candidates Dr Sikandar Mendhro and Rukhsana Zuberi were declared victorious.

Moreover, two seats reserved for women also fell within PPP’s lap that included Krishna Kohli and Quratul-Ain-Marri and, while the PPP’s Anwar Lal Dean was declared as elected on the seat reserved for non-Muslims. Kohli’s victory is seen as unprecedented since she would be the first Hindu woman to become a member of Parliament. She is a Dalit by the cast.

As many as 33 candidates contested for the 12 senate seats that included PPP’s 12 candidates MQM-P’s 14 candidates, Pak Sur Zameen Party’s (PSP) 4 candidates, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) one candidate and PML-F’s one candidate.

Six candidates including PPP’s Dr Sikandar Mendhro and Rukhsana Zuberi, MQM-Pakistan’s Hassan Feroz, Dr Qadir Khanzada and Ali Raza Abidi and PTI’s Najeeb Haroon contested for technocrat seats.

For general seats, Mian Raza Rabbani, Murtaza Wahab, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Maula Bux Chandio, Imamuddin Shauqeen, Ayaz Ahmed, Muhammad Ali Shah Jamote from PPP contested the elections while Barrister Farogh Naseem, Kamran Tessori, Ahmed Chinoy, Ameenul Haq, Aamir Chishti and Farhan Chishti contested on MQM-P’s tickets. PSP candidates included Anees Ahmed, Dr Sagheer Ahmed and  Mubashar Imam.

Muzaffar Shah from PML-F and Babu Sarfaraz Jatoi from Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz (PML-N) contested elections on general seats.

On one seat reserved for minorities, PPP’s Anwar Lal Deen, MQM’s Sanjay Parwani, and Dr Mohan of PSP were in the run.

On two seats reserved for women, PPP’s Quratul Ain Marri and Krishna Kohli while MQM’s Dr Nighat Shakeel, Kishwar Zahra, Nasreen Jalil and Mangla Sharma were in the run.