According to 24 News HD TV channel, the federal government proposed to hold Senate elections by showing its hand in the cabinet meeting on Monday.
A meeting of the Federal Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan was held in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Through an open voting process, everyone will know who voted for whom in the Senate election.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry suggested that the Senate elections could be held a month earlier.
Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Javed Khan also gave his opinion for holding the Senate elections a month earlier in February instead of March.
Dr. Babar Awan, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs, also briefed the Cabinet on the legal and political aspects of the decision.
The federal government has also decided to file a reference in the Supreme Court seeking legal opinion from the Supreme Court on the matter.
Addressing the media after the cabinet meeting, Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz confirmed that the government wanted to hold Senate elections a month ago.
He said that holding the elections earlier would benefit the interests of all political parties.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan also wanted to contest the Senate elections.
He said that the Senate elections have always been at the center of allegations of horse trade and that is why the government wants open voting for the Senate elections.
He said that PM Khan had expelled 20 MPAs from the party due to allegations of horse trade.
The Information Minister said that he was ready to discuss electoral reforms with the opposition as he wanted a bill to be passed for holding Senate elections through show of hands.
He also hoped that he would be able to seek the guidance of the Supreme Court in this regard as well.
Shibli also said that a committee has been formed to investigate the report on the petroleum crisis. He added that Asad Umar would join Shafqat Mahmood, Shireen Mazari and Azam Swati as members of the committee.
He said the committee would present its report in a week’s time when the next cabinet meeting would be held.
Shibli said the cabinet had also discussed the issue of the NFC award. He said that after the 18th amendment, some issues have to be resolved, including information on the expenditure of money given to the provinces through the NFC award.
He gave the example of Shahbaz Sharif who, according to him, spent most of his resources only on the provincial capital Lahore.
The Information Minister said that a mechanism has to be worked out for the development budget of the provinces. He said that after giving the award to NFC, the federation was left empty handed.
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