Islamabad – Mudasser Chudhary:
PDM’s joint candidate Yousaf Raza Gillani has defeated PTI’s Abdul Hafeez Sheikh in an upset victory against the government in today’s Senate election.
The completion between Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Yousaf Raza Gillani was being described as the most critical contest between the opposition and the government.
Yousaf Raza Gillani secured 169 votes while Abdul Hafeez Shaikh could only get 164 votes. A total of 7 votes were rejected by the Election Commission of Pakistan.
On the other hand, PTI candidate Fauzia Arshad won the women’s seat with 174 votes while PML-N candidate Farzana Kausar got 161 votes with 5 votes getting rejected.
Polling for the 37 vacant Senate seats took place in the Parliament House Islamabad, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assemblies, continuing from 9 am to 5 pm.
Reacting to news of Gilani’s victory, PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari tweeted “Democracy is the best revenge”.