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Senate polls: Some claim transparency, some cry horse-trading

The political class of Pakistan anxiously watched the Senate elections on Saturday, and as soon as the polls ended and unofficial results started pouring in, leaders of political parties took to the social media to make their voices heard.

Quite predictably, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, namely Maryam Nawaz, quickly jumped her Twitter handle and shared screenshots of news tickers pertaining to unofficial results. She thanked God for granting Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) a huge victory in Punjab.

She also said, “I salute all the workers of PML-N who changed the tradition of politics and stood by Nawaz Sharif”.

On the other hand, PML-N acting president and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif while congratulated his party over its victory in the Senate elections, said in a tweet: “The victory of PML-N candidates in the polls is the victory of millions of Pakistanis.”

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was all praise for his party’s performance in the Senate polls and shared a tweet, saying: “PML-N is now the largest party in the Senate.” He also pointed out that the victory was achieved “despite Supreme Court’s verdict denying PML-N candidates party tickets”, terming the win “a victory for democracy”.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan did not show up to cast his vote in the Senate elections but alleged in a tweet that the elections have once again been marred by allegations of “shameful horse trading”.

The PTI chief directly accused Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) of promoting horse-trading to win two seats from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, saying that the party only had seven MPAs in the province.

In contrast, PTI leader Asad Umar seemed satisfied with the results and congratulated party candidates in a series of tweets. He congratulated Chaudhry Sarwar for becoming the “first ever PTI senator from Punjab”.

He also showered praise on Faisal Javed Khan, the winner in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in a tweet, saying: “Great to see young home grown talent of PTI in the senate also”.

Chaudhry Sarwar also received verbal support from PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan who congratulated the former for winning “the only seat of Punjab from opposition side” and getting the most number of votes.

Besides, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar, while refusing to cast his vote in the elections, claimed that the results were disappointing as MPAs from his party had been involved in rampant horse-trading. Speaking to reporters, he said, “Kamran Tessori would have won if the party was not in a state of confusion.”

Meanwhile, MQM-B’s Faisal Subzwari congratulated Barrister Farogh Naseem on his victory in the Senate polls. The MQM-B deputy convener expressed satisfaction with the results and said that his party had expected to win one seat with a collective strength of 31 MPAs.

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