The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz or PML-N is expected to gain majority in the upper house of the parliament after today's vote despite last month's disqualification of the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif as the party's head.
The sources further informed that PML-N would likely to dole out the slot of Deputy Chairman Senate in the bargain for the slot of Chairman Senate and in this connection the strategy would be devised in the light of the meetings and discussions with the coalition partners and smaller parties in the Upper House.
Winning control of the Senate could enable the PML-N to change the constitution to make party leader Sharif eligible to hold office again.
All the decisions against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government were increasing graph and popularity of the party, he said talking to a private news channel. Sharif has been at odds with the country's judiciary since the high court forced him from power a year ago. PPP candidates won 12 seats. 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.
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PML-N's allies in the Senate include JUI-F, PkMAP, NP, PML-F.
Mushahid Hussain Sayed, who won a seat in the capital, Islamabad, told journalists that the win validates Sharif's political narrative with voters.
The official results will not immediately show how well PML-N has done because a number of candidates were barred from running under the party's banner after Sharif was removed from office. Unlike the last senate elections in 2015, lawmakers were not even allowed to take their phones into the assemblies during the vote.
Senator Mirza Mohammad Afridi, who was elected as an independent senator from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) joined the party on Monday, after a meeting with Nawaz.
Under Pakistan's constitution a bill can not become law unless it is passed by both upper and lower houses of parliament.