KARACHI: Hours before polling in the Sindh Assembly, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and its allies at the Centre on Wednesday night announced their decision to boycott the election to a Senate seat that fell vacant after the disqualification of Faisal Vawda.

The decision was announced by PTI’s Sindh president and Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Zaidi, who tweeted: “The PTI-led opposition will boycott tomorrow’s [March 9] Senate election in Sindh Assembly on seat vacated due to Faisal Vawda’s disqualification. Reason: Murad Ali Shah also disqualified on dual nationality and his case is still pending with honourable Supreme Court. Humbly request this case be heard as soon as possible.”

Last week the Election Commission of Pakistan issued final list of candidates running for the seat. Nisar Khuhro of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Agha Arsalan Khan of PTI were nominated by their respective parties. Other candidates are Aajiz Dhamra, Gul Muhammad Jakhrani and Ali Ahmed Palh.

Published in Dawn, March 9th, 2022

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