ISLAMABAD  - Ahead of the next Senate elections that are due in March this year, an important meeting of the Core Committee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday deferred the decision to take part in the 104-member Upper House
elections till its next meeting.
"Monday’s meeting held preliminary discussion on the participation of next Senate elections and we will discuss this matter in detail in the next Core Committee meeting," Central Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari told reporters after the end of the meeting.
A PTI source said that Chairman PTI Imran Khan and his spouse Reham Khan were leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah and upon his return, the Core Committee will take the final decision on the participation of Senate elections. He further said it would also become clear till that time whether the government would form the proposed Judicial Commission to investigate rigging or not.
Dr Mazari talking to reporters reiterated her party's resolve that PTI would not go back to the Parliament until an independent and empowered Judicial Commission would complete investigation into rigging into the last general elections.
She ruled out any development in this regard and said that there were no chances that PTI would come back in the Parliament without fair investigation into rigging of last general polls.
PTI lawmakers during their party's sit-in that started in mid of August last year had tendered their resignations from the National Assembly and three Provincial Assemblies except Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a protest against alleged rigging in 2013 general elections.
Senior PTI leader Asad Umer told The Nation that final decision on participation of Senate elections would be finalised in the end of this month, as February 10 was the last date for the submission of nomination papers of these elections.
He said that Core Committee discussed the strategy in case the government did not form the Judicial Commission.
"The constitution of PTI was also discussed as it is being revised," he said.
PTI had no representation in the Senate so far and it for the first time will make its debut in the Upper House if decided to take part in its elections. Informed sources in PTI told that some heavy weights in the party were pursuing PTI chief Imran Khan to take part in the Senate elections.
According to a senior PTI leader, efforts are underway that PTI at least should take part in the Senate elections from KP.
"We will not take part in the Senate elections from those provinces where our lawmakers had tendered resignations from the Provincial Assemblies," he said ,adding, that the party could decide to take part in the elections from KP where PTI had majority with 36 seats.
Dr Shireen Mazari said that the shortage of petrol at filling stations throughout the country clearly reflected the failure of the incumbent government and exposed its bad governance. She said that PTI would launch a protest against this failure and inefficiency of the government.
"We condemn the fuel shortage as this is injustice with the masses," she said.
She said that the government had totally failed on governance issues and to provide the masses a better management system. "PTI demands immediate supply of fuel to the masses," she stressed.
Responding to a question, Dr Mazari confirmed formal contact between PTI and PML-N and said that a meeting between Jehangir Tareen and Ishaq Dar was expected on Monday night.
Responding to another question, she said that white paper issued by PPP lawmaker Aitzaz Ahsan regarding election rigging in NA-124 had given strength to the stance of her party on rigging issue.