The Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement, the Awami National Party and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl have congratulated their candidates on winning Wednesday’s Senate election and called their victory a “victory for democracy”.
In a statement, the Qaumi-Pakistan Muttahida Movement has congratulated two party candidates – Faisal Sabzwari and Khalia Ateeb – on winning the Senate elections for the seat of general and technocrat from Sindh province respectively.
Sabzwari is the party’s central leader and serves as the provincial minister, while Ateeb is a senior member of the party. He participated in the general election in PS-87 (Malir District). MQM-P and MNA organizer Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that the success of the two candidates in the Senate elections is testament to the fact that the MQM-P has become stronger and stronger over time.
“In the upcoming elections, especially the regional elections, the performance of MQM-P will be better because of the unity of society and its discipline,” he said.
Siddiqui hopes the two elected senators will fight for their cases vigorously while representing the people in the upper house of parliament. The Sindh branch of the Awami National Party has also congratulated two party candidates for winning the Senate polls from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.
Haji Hidayatullah and Arab Umar Farooq Kasi were elected as senators from KP and Balochistan in the general seats. In a statement, ANP President Sindh Shahi Syed said the victory of the ANP and other opposition parties was the beginning of a new democratic era in the country.
“Despite all the negative maneuvers the government led by Tehreek-e-Insaf Pakistan, the victory of Yousuf Raza Gilani, the unanimous candidate of the Pakistan Democratic Movement, in the Senate of Islamabad is a major achievement of the opposition alliance,” he said.
The ANP leader said Gilani’s victory proved that the current government does not have a simple majority in parliament and now Imran Khan must resign from the post of prime minister on ethical grounds.
Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl center spokesman Aslam Ghouri congratulated senior leaders, including central secretary general Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidari, KP head Maulana Ataur Rehman and senior leader Kamran Murtaza, on winning the Senate polls of Balochistan and KP.
In his statement, Ghouri said that the victory of PDM candidates, particularly Gilani, in the Senate election was a vote of no confidence in Imran Khan. “PTI has lost its false mandate and now Imran Khan must resign from the post of prime minister,” he said. He accused PTI of promoting money politics in the Senate poll. PTI must buy its own people to save its existence in parliament.