As Senate chairman Sadiq Sanjrani survived a no-confidence move against him on Thursday, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz demanded to identify and expose the opposition lawmakers who did not vote for their candidate Hasil Bizenjo.
The resolution to move a no-confidence vote against Sanjrani had been passed comfortably by opposition senators, with 64 voting in its favour.
However, the opposition which required 53 of the 64 senators' votes to send Sanjrani packing, fell three short when the results of the secret ballot were announced.
The final vote count was 50 votes in favour of the motion, five votes rejected, and 45 cast against.
This means at least nine opposition senators did not vote for Bizenjo, whereas five of their votes were rejected.
“14 betrayers & backstabbers. Should be identified, named, shamed & sorted out,” she tweeted.
Backstabbers * https://t.co/NMoMLFVka7— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) August 1, 2019
In another tweet she said out of the five cancelled votes, four had "a clear pattern of double stamping, and one stamped squarely between the two candidates”.
Just in from Senate: Opposition needed 3 more votes to win.— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) August 1, 2019
5 cancelled in total: 4 based upon a clear pattern of double stamping, and one stamped squarely between the two candidates.
The PML-N leader advised the “democrats” to “stay strong” as “this is temporary” and called for another no-confidence motion against the chairman.
Stay strong democrats 🙌🏼— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) August 1, 2019
This is temporary.
It is the truth & will of the people that will ultimately prevail. IA.
ڈرا دھمکا کر چند ووٹ توڑنے کا کھیل قابل فخر نہیں، شرمناک فعل ہے جو ہر بار کامیاب نہیں ہو سکتا۔ جمہوری قوتوں کو ڈرے بغیر اپنا حق چھیننا چاہیے۔ سیلکٹد کب تک خیر منائیں گے؟ جعل سازی کو ایک دن مٹنا ہے۔ تحریک عدم اعتماد دوبارہ لانی چاہیے۔— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) August 1, 2019
'Horse-trading in Riyasat-e-Medina
Party leader Ahsan Iqbal said it was a sad day for democracy in the country as the upper house had “turned into a horse-trading market”.
“Is horse-trading permissible in Riyasat-e-Medina,” he questioned.
Sad day for democracy in Pak. Senate, upper house turned into horse trading market. 64 Senators vote openly in favour of no conf motion but when they go in secret ballot 14 defect. The defectors are worst than Mir Jafar & Mir Sadiq. Is horse trading permissible in Riyasat Madina— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) August 1, 2019