Negotiations begin: PPP contacts group of independent senators

“Time will tell which school of thought will win,” he said while addressing a press conference here

Pakistan's ruling party appears to have regained control of parliament's upper house - the Senate - after a day of secret voting by members of the federal parliament and representatives from four provincial assemblies, according to local media reports. Some observers project as much as a 37 seat haul which would fuel momentum for Shahbaz as the PML-N seeks another term in government in the lower house general elections in July. "The people will support us more as more decisions will come against us", the PML-N leader said.

Afridi, who contested the Senate elections as an independent candidate, held meeting with ex-PM Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad today.

The PML-N has not spoken about amending the constitution, but it has been on a collision course with the judiciary since the Supreme Court ousted Sharif from power.

Sharif has been deeply critical of the judiciary, accusing it of a conspiracy to hurt his party and Pakistan's civilian leaders.

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The official results will not immediately show how well the PML-N has done because a number of candidates were barred from running under the party's banner after Sharif was removed from office. Senator-elect Sadiq Sanjrani who is considered close to the PPP leadership, said that the senators from Balochistan will meet all political parties and demand that the top slot should be given to Balochistan this time.

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.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is expected to announce offical results on Sunday.

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