PESHAWAR, 10 March: The independent senators from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas have rejected the government’s offer in return of their support for the election of Chairman of the Senate.
According to sources privy to the development, the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had requested the Senators from Fata to support the PML-N’s candidate for the chairmanship of the upper house and had offered portfolio of a federal minister for them.
“The tribal senators while rejecting the offer, said the government tenure is going to end in a couple of months, and they would only agree on the office of deputy chairman Senate,” the source informed.
The Prime Minister, the source added, also offered the early release of developmental funds for the Fata senators but they rejected that offer as well.
“They are stick to their demand. They have been demanding that deputy chairman Senate should be elected from Fata,” the source maintained.
Both, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the PML-N have been vying to get the support of maximum senators to elect their own chairman and deputy chairman in the Upper House.
The PML-N is the majority party in the Senate with 33 senators whereas the PPP has 20 senators.
It merits a mention here that a group of six senators from Fata led by Hidayatullah has made it clear that they would support the party which offers them the office of the deputy chairman.