ISLAMABAD - While PML-N is still waiting for positive response of PPP over 22nd constitutional amendment, the major opposition party is not showing flexibility over the way to conduct Senate polls through 'Show of hands'.

The backchannels contacts made so far from ruling clique (PML-N) got 'plump no' from PPP and JUI-F to favour them if they intend to bring amendment bill in National Assembly (NA) and Senate.

Both parties' chiefs Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Asif Ali Zardari, which had opposed the 22nd amendment, also met to further deliberate on strategy if the government intends to bring bill in the parliament.

Sources said that Maulana Fazlur Rahman who met PPP's Co-Chairman at Zardari House also discussed the PML-N's special soft-corner for PTI being exhibited in these days. It was also discussed not to show flexibility on the stance over 22nd amendment at any cost.

PPP, the major opposition party, has decided to stick to its stance even if the government intends to bring constitutional amendment in the parliament knowing the fact that it will be opposed, background discussions with PPP's senior members left this impression. Sources said that the government's representative made contacts with PPP's responsible members but got refusal on every point. When contacted, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that government side had still not received any positive response. "As per my knowledge, the government is still waiting for PPP's response on it," Dar said. About bringing bill the in parliament, finance minister said that final decision to bring bill in the house will be made tomorrow or day after tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Sources in PML-N said that government would bring bill in both the houses (Senate and National Assembly) despite knowing the opposition of PPP and JUI-F. Talking to The Nation, PPP's central leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said that the party has clearly conveyed its stance over 22nd amendment to government. "We are not going change over stance at all," he said, adding that PPP in its era had made political adjustment following rules and regulation.

When contacted, another PPP's leader and former chairman PAC Nadeem Afzal Gondal said that amendment is actually reflecting the 'monarch mindset' of ruling party. "This amendment is reflecting the autocratic mindset," said Gondal, who is also candidate of upcoming Senate polls. He further said the political factions are also afraid of disloyalty in its ranks. "Horse-trading should be discouraged. We are against it, this practice should not be made," he added.

Pakistan Muslim League (N) government has badly failed to develop consensus on the proposal of 22nd amendment to conduct Senate election through 'show of hands' in parliamentary parties' leaders meeting with PM. PPP had showed its reservations on amendment till consensus of all the parliamentary parties. PPP still thinks it would not prove fruitful if piecemeal solution was found to end horse-trading in Senate polls.


Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid and Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique held a meeting with JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman here Saturday and discussed the proposed constitutional amendment to ensure transparency in Senate elections.

Later, talking to newsmen, the information minister said Maulana Fazlur Rehman has expressed some reservations, which would be conveyed to the prime minister. He said it would be their endeavour to address reservations of the JUI (F) leader, who has been struggling for upholding democracy and democratic values. He said, "We appreciate his struggle for democracy and his role in the fight against terror." The minister expressed the confidence that the issues involved would be addressed during a meeting in a few days.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman said Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms has been functioning for months deliberating on issues pertaining to transparency in elections. He said the objective of transparency in the Senate elections would have been achieved if a party, instead of opting for sit-ins, had participated in the deliberations of the committee.

Rehman said he informed the government's delegation about his reservations on constitutional amendment. He said the ongoing complication would not have occurred if PTI had joined the electoral reforms committee instead of staging the sit-in.