Infostani International- Senator Dilawar presented the Senate resolution in the House, gaining support from 14 members, including those from PTI, PP, BAP Party, QL, and Azad. Inclement weather affected Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, leading to attacks on Fazlur Rahman and Mohsin Dawar. The Federal Information Minister stated that a notification has been issued, granting the Senate Election Commission the authority to set dates.
Senate Passes Resolution to Postpone General Election Amidst Controversy and Opposition
The Senate twice passed a resolution to postpone the General Election scheduled for February 8, citing severe weather and security concerns across the country. Senator Dilawar Khan presented the resolution during the Senate vote, where 14 members were present. PML-N Senator Aftanullah opposed the resolution, while People’s Party Senator Bahramandli, PTI’s Gurdeep Singh, QLQ’s Kamil Ali Aqa, Balochistan Awami Party, Fanarakin, and Azad Senators supported it. Murtaza Solangi opposed the resolution when asked for his opinion by Hont in Peter.
After Friday prayer, the meeting resumed under Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani. Senator Dilawar Khan, suspending the rules, presented and passed a resolution to postpone the general elections, citing the country’s law and order situation, severe weather in Balochistan, ongoing insurgency operations, health concerns, and threats to political figures. The Senate Secretariat issued a notification for the approved resolution, sent to the President, Mir Azam, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, and the Ministry of Law.
Senate Controversy: Resolution Approval, Shifting Alliances, and Election Date Confirmation
Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi arrived, and the Chairman Senate called for a vote again, with Solangi opposing. PML-N Senator Afghanullah and PTI’s Gardeeb Singh changed their stance on supporting the resolution. During the resolution’s passing, 14 members, including various Senators, were present. Senator Bahramand Nikli objected before approval, urging support from political parties, media, and security agencies. After approval, Senators Palusha Khan and Shahadat Awan of the People’s Party sought permission from the Chairman of the Senate.
Caretaker Federal Minister for Information, Murtaza Solangi, stated that under Article 218(3) of the Constitution. The Election Commission has the authority to set or change election dates. He emphasized that the caretaker government cannot interfere in the affairs of a constitutional institution. Solangi clarified there was no order from the Prime Minister or the Cabinet to delay the election. As well as the caretaker government’s position is that the elections will proceed on February 8. Senator Bir Vimand Singhi clarified opposition to the resolution, expressing concerns about its timing and transparency.
In response to the Senate’s resolution, Election Commission sources asserted that the general elections would proceed on February 8. Also, the Senate’s resolution would not impact the election schedule. They emphasized that only the Supreme Court could alter the prospective schedule.