My name is Sharmila, I may become a senator… even if it isn’t 2020 yet

Four female candidates have been short-listed for the upcoming Senate elections, and one of them is Sharmila Farooqui who was banned for 20 years in 2000 from running for any office. Nevertheless, one of the four candidates would be finalised after an interview at the Sindh Chief Minister’s House on Tuesday (tomorrow). The interview would be conducted by Member National Assembly Faryal Talpur – President Asif Ali Zardari’s sister – and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. Out of 37 applications received, the Sindh chapter of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has short-listed member of the provincial assembly Humera Alwani, Sadia Javed, Hina Dastagir and Sharmila Farooqui for the reserved seat for women on Sindh’s quota.
Farooqui, a strong candidate for the Senate seat, was removed as chief minister’s information adviser amid the Supreme Court’s pending decision regarding her plea bargain.
On April 12, 2000, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Court-IV in Karachi had convicted Farooqui and her parents in the Pakistan Steel Mills corruption case and barred them from taking part in any election or holding any public office for 20 years. The three had later approached the Sindh High Court against their conviction, following which the high court had referred their case for a retrial on technical grounds to the same NAB court. During the course of the retrial, Farooqui and her parents filed a plea bargain with the NAB court to avoid further conviction.
Their plea bargain was accepted by the then NAB chairman and later approved by the NAB Court-IV. According to the Constitution and opinion of legal experts, a person who receives a plea bargain is deemed to be convicted. On April 28, 2001, the NAB court declared in its judgement that Farooqui and her parents were disqualified to be elected, appointed or nominated to hold any public office for two decades. Despite her conviction, plea bargain and disqualification, Farooqui was appointed chief minister’s adviser, enjoying not only perks and privileges of a public servant, but also an extraordinary political clout.
Besides being illegal on constitutional grounds, the decision to award a Senate ticket to Farooqui could further irk the civil society and Sindhi nationalists who are already irritated on the presence of non-Sindhi senators, inlcuding Shaukat Tareen, Rehman Malik, Farooq Hameed Naik, Dr Aasim and Faisal Raza Abidi, on the votes of Sindhi members of the provincial assembly.
This could be another bone of contention among the PPP’s own ranks, especially in interior Sindh which is the original power base of the party.
On the condition of anonymity, an MPA said, “The PPP is aiming for at least eight Senate seats in Sindh, but this could create problems for the party leadership because voters are questioning the merit of the senators already elected on the votes of the MPAs.”



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24 Comments

  1. Qurat said:

    what comment will suit this situation? I don't know but highly disappointed as always!

  2. Tahir Baluch said:

    Ha!
    You're not even "cute and confused". You're "corrupt and convicted".

  3. warda said:

    These people don't even have iota of self -respect they religiously follow the phrase "Lutto"

  4. kjjjee said:

    She is like the Paris Hilton of the Parliament – i.e. cross eyed and a dumbass.

  5. A Gillani said:

    This is demon-cracy. this system is corrupt, it's produce corrupt people.

  6. JACK said:

    I know why you getting Senator seat….ROFL…All the hardwork finally getting its reward 🙂 Hahahahahahahah ….You are HOT and You Deserve.YOU ARE SEXY AND I KNOW IT :p

  7. HADI SAKEY said:

    In Urdu we have a saying Choor ka Bhai Girahcut (Pick Pocket). So among the corruption laid cabinet one more is joining. More the merrier. Kunad jins ba Ham hins Parwaz , Kabootar ba Kabootar, Baz ba Baz. Next will be cabinets of crooks. From Usman Farooqi to Sharmila's Iron safe – everybody knows the story. The Police Officers may be alive who conducted the enquiry. She kissed the ass of,,,,,,,,,,,,,,. Look who is conducting the interview. Poor Fouzia missed bus- No chance to become a Minister.

  8. CHAMAK CHALOO said:

    KIA CHEER HAI YAR ESS KO TU ZARDARI KA MUSHEER HUNA CHAHEEE

    • Arif said:

      koi milta nahin hoga. har koi wasay hi mazay kar leta hai.

  9. ALL BS said:

    Forget Senator, given her acheivements she should be appointed PM immediately.

  10. HADI SAKEY said:

    As and when Sharmilee becomes a Senator a new Ministry will be coined specially for her. The name of the new Ministry will be " Skin and Street Trading Ministry. – Working Hours 8 to 4

  11. mnadeem said:

    he he he he he he he he he…………..gud bye pakistan

  12. imtiaz ahmad said:

    jab ye log itny qualified ni hai tu in ko log chose kion kerty hai kab tak ye log iss pakistan ko khaty rahy gy jin logo ny steel mills ko kha lia ab aur kia khana chehty hai

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