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

With allied parties and MPs, the PML-N will now dominate parliament.

Pakistan's ruling party has gained control of parliament's upper house in a secret ballot, local media said yesterday, in a boost for the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead of a general election due in summer.

The Punjab Chief Minister said that due to its positive politics, PML-N has become the most popular party of the Country.

"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 Senate, or upper house of parliament, comprises 104 members, and half of them retire every three years.

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

National elections are due later this year and PML-N's renewed control of the Senate could allow them to amend the constitution to enable Sharif to hold office again.

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.

Sharif has alleged he is the victim of a conspiracy by Pakistan's deep state to damage civilian power.

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

These candidates ran as "independents" with the official results of the vote not showing their links to the PML-N, but does give the party effective control over the upper house.

PPP leaders meeting independent senators from FATA.

Mirza Mohammad Afridi on Monday called on PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif and announced to join PML-N but today he was among those in presence.

Furthermore, the former secretary general of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and senior leader, Jahangir Khan Tareen is also said to have contacted senator-elect Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar and congratulated him on his success in the elections.