In a bid to elect a Senate chairman hailing from Balochistan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan announced on Thursday that all of the party’s 13 senators will vote for the candidate fielded by Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bazinjo.
Addressing a joint news conference with Bazinjo in Islamabad, Khan said the new Senate chairman must belong to Balochistan and not from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Express News reported.
“We all must make sure that the Senate chairman is not from the PML-N as they deceive the masses in the name of democracy … they [PML-N] will try to legislate allowing Nawaz Sharif to indulge in corrupt practices,” said the PTI chief.
Ever since the Panama Papers scandal has surfaced, the PML-N leaders are trying to hide Nawaz Sharif’s corruption, he said, adding that, “They are attacking all institutions that refuse to work for them. They attack armed forces and the Supreme Court…this is not a democratic attitude.”
Speaking on the occasion, the Balochistan CM thanked the PTI chief for his big-hearted support, saying Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari was also meeting him today and he will try to convince him that the Senate chairman should be from Balochistan.
“We still consider [National Party chief] Hasil Bazinjo as Nawaz’s team member… we invite him to join our team,” he added.