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PM convenes meeting of parliamentary leaders today for exchange of views on making Senate elections transparent

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has convened meeting of the parliamentary leaders in Islamabad today (Friday) for exchange of views on making the Senate elections transparent. 

 
This was stated by Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, while talking to newsmen along with PTI leader Jehangir Tareen in Islamabad Thursday. 
He said PML-N and PTI are on the same page in curbing the menace of horse-trading in upcoming Senate elections.
 

Ishaq Dar said there is a proposal not to keep the ballot paper secret.
He said the government is in contact with different political parties on ways to ensure transparency of the forthcoming Senate elections and expressed the confidence that some solution would be agreed upon before March 5, when elections will be held.
Speaking on the occasion, Jehangir Tareen said that his party would support every effort of the government for transparent elections in the country. He said PTI supports the proposal not to keep the ballot paper secret. He said horse-trading brings bad name to politicians, which should be stopped. 
Tareen said a member of the provincial assembly selling his vote should be penalized. 
To a question, Ishaq Dar said the government is ready to form the judicial commission as soon as possible. He said Jirga is active with regard to the Judicial Commission.
Ishaq Dar said most of the differences on formation of judicial commission are over. There are only two/three points and hopefully would be resolved soon.