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PML-N Sweeps Senate Elections

ISLAMABAD: Results of the Senate elections from Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Islamabad have been unofficially announced with ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) securing 16 seats.
Pakistan People's Party has bagged seven, MQM four and Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party and National Party three each.  Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Balochistan National Party-Mengal have got one seat each.  One independent candidate has also won from Balochistan.
As many as 131 candidates ran for 48 Senate seats as national and provincial assemblies met to elect new senators to replace the retirees.
According to unofficial results, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has emerged as the majority party in the upper house by securing 16 seats as yet followed by Pakistan People's Party with five.
Vote for four Senate seats from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) was shelved by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on the request of FATA Returning Officer (RO) Usman Ali.
A decision to this effect was taken after Member of National Assembly from FATA boycotted the vote to protest the  promulgation of a controversial Presidential ordinance last night which allows each of them to cast just one vote as against four. Before the promulgation of the ordinance, one Fata MNA was entitled to cast four votes in Senate elections.
This four vote privilege was a legacy of former military ruler Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday allowed PMLN's Raheela Magsi of to contest Senate election directing the ECP not to notify the result till the decision of her writ against disqualification.
The IHC division bench comprising Justice Athar Minnallah and Justice Farooq  Aamir heard her appeal against the decision of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to disqualify her from contesting for a reserved seat for women from the Federal Capital on the basis of domicile.-NNI

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