PML-N, PTI on same page against horse-trading: Dar

Nov 30, -0001

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance, Ishaq Dar Thursday said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were on same page on eliminating horse-trading culture from the country's politics.

Ishaq Dar, who led the PML-N's delegation to negotiate with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) team here, invited PTI to participate in the meeting of parliamentary leaders to be held on Friday.

Talking to media after the meeting, the finance minister said the government had decided after contacting almost all political parties of the country that in the upcoming senate election, to be held on March 5, polling would be open and identifiable.

He said in order to root out the menace of horse-trading and making the senate election transparent, new amendments were being considered to allow changes in existing procedures and rules for conducting election for the senate seats.

PTI Secretary General, Jahangir Tareen on the occasion said that he would talk to high command of his party and after discussing the matter with them the party would decide whether to participate in the parliamentary leaders meeting or not.

He hoped that outcome was likely to be positive in this regard.    

Tareen said his party welcomed the federal cabinet's decision for making the senate election transparent.

"It has been our stance from the beginning that there should not be any secret voting in the senate election for curbing horse-trading culture in the country," he added.

The PTI leader said the government should evolve a mechanism which discourages politicians from selling their votes adding that all horse-traders should be punished accordingly.

To a question, Ishaq Dar said major differences on forming a Judicial Commission were removed between the two parties and only three points were to be decided which would be resolved soon.

"We are trying our best to resolve this issue as it is our inordinate desire that PTI should return back to the Parliament as soon as possible", he added. -APP

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