Newly-elected FATA Senator Mirza Afridi joins PML-N

Newly-elected FATA Senator Mirza Afridi joins PML-N

Newly-elected FATA Senator Mirza Afridi joins PML-N

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.

Afridi announced joining the embattled PML-N after a meeting with former Prime Minister and PML-N's "Quaid for life" Nawaz Sharif on Monday. Shahbaz has done heavy groundwork there, riding on his past as the province's governor. The PTI had wasted its time in levelling baseless allegations against the leader of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N), he said.

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"PMLN now the single largest party in Senate as well, Masha'Allah", Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister's daughter tweeted, according to Reuters. The people of Lodhran had reposed their confidence in the PML-N's candidate instead of the PTI keeping in view the god governance of the PML-N government, he added.

Unlike the last Senate election in 2015, lawmakers were prohibited from taking their phones into the assemblies during the vote.

With the party now in control of the senate, the PML-N could change the constitution to allow Sharif to run in this summer's general elections.

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The PML-N has not spoken about amending the constitution, but it has been on a collision course with the judiciary since the Supreme Court ousted Sharif from power.

The high court further wounded Sharif's political ambitions last month by disqualifying Sharif as head of the PML-N - a political party he founded.

Mushahid Hussain Sayed, who won a seat in the capital, Islamabad, told journalists that the win validates Sharif's political narrative with voters.

The official results will not immediately show how well the PML-N has done because a number of candidates were barred from running under the party's banner after Sharif was removed from office.

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) on Tuesday claimed to have won the support of eight Fata senators after a meeting of Dr Qayyum Soomro and Salim Mandviwala with the newly elected independent members.

Under Pakistan's constitution a bill can not become law unless it is passed by both upper and lower houses of parliament.

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