PML-N claims as many as seven senators voted for opponents’ candidate: report


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Monday claimed that as many as seven senators— including some of its own— ditched it in the polls for Senate chairman and deputy chairman, according to a local English daily.

PML-N’s candidate for Senate chairmanship, Raja Zafarul Haq secured 46 votes which is the total number of the senators belonging to the PML-N and its allies which, according to the party, could mean that some of the members from within the alliance had voted for the opponents’ candidate, which is in clear violation of the party discipline.

A number of PML-N leaders said they had calculated 57 votes for the PML-N candidate and 46 for the opponent’s and the results were shocking for them.

According to reports, the ruling party’s alliance has 48 members in the 104-member upper house of parliament. With the absence of senator-elect Ishaq Dar, the PML-N itself had been left with 32 senators, followed by five members each of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and the National Party (NP), four members of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) and one member of the PML-Functional.