ISLAMABAD -UNS – The time period to submit nomination papers for the Senate elections expired on Thursday with 144 candidates submitting their forms to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for 52 seats.
According to the document issued by ECP, there are 34 candidates each from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) while 28 from Balochistan and 47 from Sindh. One nominee from Islamabad emerged for technocrat seat while the body received nomination document for FATA.
Ishaq Dar, PM’s sister Barrister Sadia Abbasi and others have been picked by the ruling PML-N which eyes to gain overwhelming majority in the upper house.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan named Chaudhry Sarwar, Andleeb Abbas from Punjab while Faisal Javed, Major (retd) Fida Hussain, Azam Swati, Meher Taj Roghani, Khayal Zaman Orakzai and Ayub Afridi from KP.
While PPP has retained the name the Raza Rabbani in its list, MQM-P’s internal rift over Senate polls resulted in nominations from both faction separately.