Islamabad: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has suffered a major setback. Former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has defeated Imran Khan’s finance minister Hafeez Sheikh in the Senate elections. Hafeez Sheikh got 164 votes while Yusuf Raza Gilani got 169 votes. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Hafiz Sheikh congratulated Pakistan Democratic Movement candidate Yusuf Raza Gilani on his victory.
Let me tell you that the Senate elections in Pakistan on Wednesday were held for the election of 37 members of the Upper House of Parliament of the country. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said in a statement that 78 candidates had contested for 37 Senate seats in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Islamabad, Xinhua news agency reported. The voting process began at 9 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m.
In Pakistan, senators are not elected directly by public vote. Provincial candidates are selected by members of the provincial assembly, while candidates from Islamabad receive votes from members of the National Assembly or members of the lower house of parliament. A total of 52 of the 104 senators are due to complete their six-year term this year.
Members of the provincial legislatures and the national legislature had to elect only 48 senators this time, as the then union-administered tribal areas were annexed to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, Punjab has selected 11 uncontested senators following an agreement between the ruling party and the opposition. Candidates were in the fray for 11 seats in Sindh, 12 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 12 in Balochistan and two in Islamabad.