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JI announces to support PDM in Senate polls

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is eyeing to grab five Senate seats from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province after Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) announced its support for the opposition candidates.

According to sources, a meeting of the opposition alliance was held at the residence of Humayun Khan in Peshawar. During the meeting, all issues between Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and PDM were settled in the meeting.

Those who attended the meeting included Abbas Afridi and Mian Alamgir Shah from PML-N, Farhatullah Babar, Muhammad Ali Shah and Ahmed Karim Kundi from the PPP, Maulana Lutfur Rehman and Mahmood Ahmed from JUI-F.

It was also decided that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) and Awami National Party (ANP) will contest on general seats, while PPP would contest for the technocrat seats and JI would contest for the women s seats in the Senate elections.

It is worth mentioning here that the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and opposition parties held talks for holding ‘unopposed’ Senate elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) just like in Punjab.

The provincial ministers of the ruling PTI in KP have contacted parliamentary leaders of the opposition parties including Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F).