The ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will decide its candidate for the Deputy Chairman of Senate after the core committee’s meeting today. Mirza Afrid from FATA, Saifullah Niazi, Ijaz Chaudhary and Aun Abbas are the few names that are being considered, according to the sources.
It is going to a closely contested election as the opposition has a majority in Senate. The only possible way for PTI to win is if a few members from the opposition vote for the government’s candidate.
Yesterday, the government allies gave a green signal to PTI to field their own candidate. This was decided after the coalition parties met with PM Imran.
PTI has nominated Sadiq Sanjrani for the chairmanship while the newly elected Senator Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani will be Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) candidate.
The election will take place on March 12.