Dr Asim Hussain, former adviser to the prime minister and a close friend of President Asif Ali Zardari, submitted his nomination papers for the seat of senator at the office of provincial election commission on Thursday.
The seat fell vacant after the resignation of Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Dr Khatumal Jevan. Provincial election commissioner Sono Khan Baloch received Hussain’s nomination papers.
Parliamentary leaders of political parties in Sindh Assembly including Syed Sardar Ahmed of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly Jam Madad Ali, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik were also present at the occasion.
Talking to the media, Hussain said he was grateful to the president for nominating him as a senator from Sindh.
“I belong to this province and Karachi is my hometown, therefore, my top priority will be to bring law and order situation under control and work for the betterment of Karachiites,” he said.
When asked about his resignation from the post of adviser to the prime minister on petroleum, he said he had tendered the resignation due to personal reasons.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Baloch said that Friday (today) is the last date for submission of nomination papers. The papers will be scrutinised on April 16, he added.
“We will declare the result on April 16 if the Election Commission does not receive nomination papers from any other candidate,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 15th, 2011.