PTI discusses Senate elections strategy

Published: February 3, 2018
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PTI chief Imran Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS

PTI chief Imran Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday discussed awarding of tickets to party candidates for the Senate polls during a meeting of the central executive committee’s core group chaired by Chairman Imran Khan.

PTI leaders – including Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Shah Farman, Ali Amin Gandapur, Fawad Chaudhry and Azam Swati –besides others attended the meeting.

PTI set to emerge third largest party in Senate

A brief press release said the consultations were held over formulating a strategy in the Senate elections and award of the related tickets.

The press release did not mention if any names were finalised for the Senate polls scheduled for March 3 on 46 seats.

Usman Dar briefed the meeting about the disqualification case being moved by the PTI against Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif.

It was decided that the PTI would soon move the apex court to have Khawaja disqualified in the corruption cases. The cases against the Sharif family were also discussed.

In addition, the meeting reviewed progress of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government.

Senate polls to be held for 46 seats on March 3

With at least six of its new lawmakers expected to get elected to the upper house of parliament, the PTI is eyeing to become the third largest political party in terms of its strength in the Senate.

Currently, the PTI stands at the fourth position, given its strength of seven senators in the house and only one of its senators, Azam Swati, is scheduled to retire in March.

The rest of the six senators will continue till March 2021.

The PTI expects to win six Senate seats during the March 3 election, all of them coming from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa where the party rules, thus taking the PTI’s strength to 12, party sources said.

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