N gains control of Senate, say media

“Time will tell which school of thought will win,” he said while addressing a press conference here

“Time will tell which school of thought will win,” he said while addressing a press conference here

Punjab as the most populous state has 52 votes per senate seat from its provincial assembly while Baluchistan, the least populated, only has 9 votes.

Mirza Mohammad Afridi on Monday called on PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif and announced to join PML-N but today he was among those in presence.

In the Senate polls on Saturday, PML-N-backed independent candidates emerged as the largest party in the Upper House of Parliament. Shahbaz has done heavy groundwork there, riding on his past as the province's governor. PML-N leaders Raja Zafarul Haq and Engineer Amir Maqam were also present in the meeting.

Start your day with an open-source intelligence briefing. The PML-N hasn't controlled the Senate in 18 years. The newly-elected senators are due to serve six-year terms. The party hasn't spoken about amending the constitution but it has been at odds with the judiciary since the Supreme Court ousted Sharif from power.

Unlike the last Senate elections in 2015, lawmakers were not even allowed to take their cellphones into the assemblies during the vote.

Mushahid Hussain Sayed, who won a seat in capital Islamabad, told media that the senate victory vindicates Sharif's political 'narrative with voters.

These candidates ran as "independents" with the official results of the vote not showing their links to the PML-N, but does give the party effective control over the upper house. Senator-elect Sadiq Sanjrani who is considered close to the PPP leadership, said that the senators from Balochistan will meet all political parties and demand that the top slot should be given to Balochistan this time.

Pakistan's constituion requires a bill to pass both the upper and lower houses of parliament in order to become law.

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