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Imran Khan endorses PTI candidates’ names for the Senate polls

On April 2nd, a Senate election for 48 seats is scheduled. Today is the last day to submit nomination papers. Recently, PTI, led by Imran Khan, has announced their approved candidates for the election.

With the Senate election approaching in the nation, following the establishment of the government, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) revealed their final selection of candidates for the upper house polls on Saturday. These elections are scheduled for April 2, amidst internal confusion within the party regarding the contenders’ names.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is set to conduct the Senate election next month to fill the 48 vacancies resulting from the conclusion of the 6-year term of the current senators.

As per the ECP’s schedule for the Senate polls, today (March 16) marks the last day for submitting nomination papers.

Earlier, senior PTI leader Asad Qaiser questioned whether the names of the candidates had been definitively finalized by PTI’s founding chairman, Imran Khan, or not.

However, PTI later confirmed the list of candidates as “approved” by Khan, sharing this information through the party’s official account on X, previously known as Twitter.

Below is the province-wise list of candidates:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

General Seats:

  • Murad Saeed (Covering: Azhar Mashwani)
  • Faisal Javed Khan
  • Mirza Afridi
  • Irfan Saleem
  • ⁠Khurram Zeeshan
  • Technocrats:
  • Azam Swati
  • Irshad Hussain
  • Women:
  • Ayesha Bano
  • Rubina Naz
  • Punjab
  • General Seats:
  • Hamid Khan
  • Zulfi Bukhari (covering: Omer Sarfraz Cheema & Col Ijaz Minhas)
  • Technocrats:
  • Dr Yasmeen Rashid
  • Women seat
  • Sanam Javed

Earlier, PTI leader Mian Aslam Iqbal revealed the party’s candidates for the Senate elections, but uncertainty arose as Qaiser raised doubts about the candidates’ names. During an interview with a private news channel on Friday, Qaiser stated,

“I am unsure if Imran Khan approved it, and I don’t want to comment on it.”

These remarks were made amidst the party’s top leadership experiencing disagreements and differing opinions on significant decisions, such as forming an alliance with the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) following the elections on February 8th.

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