MQM-P to challenge Senate elections

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KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) will challenge the result of the Senate elections in court and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Dr Farooq Sattar announced on Monday.

The announcement comes in the wake of the party’s poor performance in the Senate polls held on Saturday. MQM secured only one seat in the polls, despite being the second largest political party in the Sindh Assembly after Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Addressing a press conference at PIB Colony, Sattar said that elections were not conducted impartially and transparently. “We have issued show-cause notices to six members of provincial assembly (MPA) for voting in favour of PPP in the Senate elections,” he said, adding that those who have been issued notices, included four women members, one minority and one MPA from interior Sindh.

“Not only were our MPAs bought, they were also threatened and harassed,” Sattar alleged. The veteran politician said that after the ‘minus-one’ approach, a ‘minus-two’ formula was being enforced in Karachi. “A political stage is being prepared in Karachi for PPP, PTI and Pak Sarzameen Party,” he added.