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Azam Swati tells Fazlur Rehman to rethink siding with PDM after ‘his candidate was rejected’ in Senate

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Minister for Railways Azam Swatiaddressing a press convention alongside Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, on March 14, 2021. — YouTube
  • Azam Swati says PDM “rejected” Fazlur Rehman’s candidate for deputy chairman, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.
  • Says there may be “no room for Fazlur Rehman” in PDM now.
  • Says opposition can “continue to hit their heads” attempting to problem the outcomes, however the “Constitution protects us”.

Minister for Railways Azam Swati on Sunday mentioned that the Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM) “rejected” Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s candidate within the Senate election and he ought to now rethink siding with the opposition alliance.

The minister was addressing a press convention alongside Sadiq Sanjrani who was reelected as Senate chairman in a blow to the opposition alliance who had collectively fielded Yousaf Raza Gillani and had anticipated victory with their majority of 51 seats within the higher home of parliament.

The federal government swept away all the election, additionally clinching the submit of deputy chairman with Mirza Mohammad Afridi defeating the opposition’s Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.

Learn extra: Govt candidates emerge victorious in hotly-contested Senate chairman election

Swati’s remarks referred to the defeat of Haideri, who’s a member of the Fazlur Rehman-led JUI-F celebration, and who obtained 44 votes versus Afridi’s 54.

“PDM rejected [Fazlur Rehman’s] candidate. Their is no room for him [in the alliance] now,” the minister mentioned.

“He should wisen up and think again if he wants to continue [siding with them],” Swati added.

Swati mentioned that the best way “cracks are emerging in PDM means that the parties have always served their own interests”.

“Their narrative has been defeated and they must repent now and allow us to complete Imran Khan’s reform agenda for the next two and a half years — and then we will again emerge victorious in 2023,” he mentioned.

‘They will proceed to hit their heads’

Talking of the opposition’s determination to problem the Senate election outcomes, he mentioned that it doesn’t matter what the opposition does, the “Constitution protects us”.

“This is not an election held by the Election Commission. This is an upper house election. The Election Act has no bearing on this,” he mentioned, including that there are two Sections of the Structure that “guarantee us full protection”.

“[The opposition] can continue to hit their heads [but will not succeed in having their way],” Swati mentioned.

Electoral reforms

On electoral reforms and whether or not the federal government will invite the opposition for session, the minister mentioned: “If the opposition is sensible, if they wish to serve democracy, they must know that reforms can only be brought with the law and Constitution.”

He mentioned the federal government merely seeks to make the Senate election course of “so transparent that everyone should know who voted for whom”.

“The only way to defeat this practice of votes buying is by implementing what Imran Khan is saying,” Swati mentioned.

He additionally referred to as for the 39 amendments within the Election Act that he has filed to be handed by the parliament.

Swati mentioned that Sanjrani has “played a positive role” as Senate chairman the final three years and he’s assured after his reelection that he’ll proceed to play an efficient function within the three years forward.

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