ISLAMABAD - The ruling partys leadership is adamant to get Dr Khatumal Jeevan become Member of National Assembly (MNA) against the seat that he vacated in Senate which is likely to be filled by Sindhs former interior minister Zulfiqar Mirza, it is learnt. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has denied the NA reserved seat for minorities to the PPP member Michael Javed on the grounds that the ruling party reportedly intends to 'compensate Khatumal against his Senates seat where the powerful Dr Zulfiqar Mirza is being brought in, in lieu of the former Hindu senator. Aggrieved Michael Javed, who was a potential aspirant for the aforesaid seat, after the assassination of former minorities affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti, moved Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday against his partys decision to prefer Khatumal over him for the Lower House seat. On Thursday, Dr Khatumal Jeevan, Michael Javed, the applicant, and his counsel Akram Shaikh Advocate appeared before the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (Retd) Hamid Ali Mirza regarding the case. Sources quoted Khatumal Jeevan, who was not accompanied by any lawyer for representation, as saying that he was informed about the Thursdays hearing on Wednesday night and he therefore could not get enough time to engage a lawyer. The PPP member sought time for acquiring the services of legal experts in order to defend himself in ECP. The CEC reportedly told Khatumal Jeevan that he had enough time to arrange a lawyer even on Thursday. You could conveniently engage a lawyer even today, Justice (Retd) Hamid Ali Mirza is quoted to have remarked. Entertaining the respondents request, the CEC fixed the hearing on April 9 (tomorrow). Talking to The Nation, PPP member Michael Javed said that according to Article 223 and 224 of the Constitution, Khatumal Jeevan, after becoming Senator, was bound to write to the NA within 30 days to omit his name from the NAs minorities members priority list that contained the names of PPP candidates, but he did not do so. All the perks and privileges that Khatumal Jeevan enjoyed as a senator including the chairmanship of a Senates standing committee are therefore unlawful, alleged Michael. He said that Dr Jeevan, in reply to ECPs letter dated March 19, had written that he was to retain his seat in the Senate and was not interested in becoming an MNA. Dr Jeevan backtracked from his written statement that he submitted in ECP on March 24. The ECP was to notify me as MNA on March 26 but due to a 'deep rooted conspiracy it did not happen, he alleged, adding that later Jeevan resigned from the Senate on March 29 and his resignation was accepted on March 30. To a query, Michael shared the concern that he was being overlooked for MNA-ship amid the reports that Zulfiqar Mirza was being made senator and Dr Khatumal was being brought in the NA against Senates seat.