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Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah presided over the election yesterday for the Senate chairman’s place. Photograph: Geo Information/Screengrab
  • All 7 votes that have been rejected yesterday have been marked in precisely the identical means, presiding officer says.
  • Muzaffar Hussain Shah says Opposition’s votes have been stolen ‘from their very own home’; tells them to research.
  • Says PDM may have no luck taking their complaints to courts as yesterday’s proceedings are protected against intervention

The senator who served as presiding officer for yesterday’s election for Senate chairman, Muzaffar Hussain Shah of the Pakistan Muslim League-Useful, has dismissed the Opposition’s criticism over 7 votes that he rejected. 

Shah had yesterday rejected 7 votes forged within the election for the Senate chairman’s place as he maintained that they have been marked incorrectly — with the stamp positioned immediately on Yousaf Raza Gillani’s identify relatively than within the empty house subsequent to it.

Shah’s choice had brought about a furore on the Opposition benches, as the federal government candidate, Sadiq Sanjrani, acquired 48 votes in opposition to Gillani’s 42 within the remaining depend. The 7 contested votes, if allotted in keeping with the Opposition’s needs, would have put Gillani over the ending line and given the Opposition the chairman’s seat.  

“Seven people from the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) deliberately wasted their votes,” Shah stated at present, after the Opposition repeatedly attacked him of their press conferences and questioned his impartiality. 

“The stamp was placed on all seven ballot papers in exactly the same way,” Shah stated. “Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Sadruddin Shah Rashidi’s votes in Sindh had previously been rejected on the same grounds.”

“These seven votes have been stolen from the Opposition’s own house,” Shah insisted. “The Opposition should investigate and find out which of its members are responsible for the theft.”

“It is pointless blaming me,” Shah stated. “I took my decision after listening to the Opposition in detail.

Shah also suggested that the Opposition would have no luck approaching the courts with their grievances. 

“Parliamentary proceedings can’t be challenged in courts,” Shah stated, referring to legal guidelines that defend the enterprise of the 2 homes of parliament. 

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