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Two Committees formed for constitutional amendment to stop horse trading in Senate polls

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif has stressed the need to ensure that there is no horse-trading or use of money in the upcoming Senate elections. 

The Prime Minister said this while chairing federal cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister House.

The PM has constituted two committees for contacting with other political parties to stop this practice and for preparation of constitutional amendment to hold Senate election through show of hands. During the cabinet meeting matter of legislation to stop horse trading in Senate elections was discussed in detail.

The Prime Minister expressed deep concern over reports of alleged use of money and influence for Senate elections. He said that we attach great value to the sanctity of vital national institutions.

The Prime Minister termed all such reports as regrettable. He directed that immediate steps must be taken to make the process transparent, fair and in accordance with democratic norms.

The federal Cabinet decided that other political parties would be contacted in this regard and if necessary, amendments in Constitution and laws would be completed before the Senate elections.

The Prime Minister assigned the federal ministers the task to coordinate all necessary steps in consultation with other mainstream political parties.

The Prime Minister further directed for immediate formation of a Committee comprising of legal experts to deliberate on the legal position and submit its report and recommendations to him in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile the prime minister has constituted two committees for contacting with other political parties for stopping horse trading in next elections and for legislation to hold Senate polls through show of hands.

One committee consists of Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Khawaja Saad Rafique and Ms. Anusha Rehman.

The second committee comprises Ahsan Iqbal, Mehtab Abbasi, and Barrister Zafrullah.

The committees would contact different political parties so that horse trading can be discouraged and transparency ensured.