Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was a majority party in Senate and it had the right to field its candidate for the slot of the chairman.
He said that Raza Rabbani's performance as Senate Chairman and his style of working in the past had impressed everybody as he had set an example by serving the country and the nation remaining over and above corruption.
The groups of independent senators-elect from Balochistan and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata) are believed to play a crucial role in the upcoming election for the offices of Senate chairman and deputy chairman. Similarly, he said, the PML-N was also expected to get the support of lone senator from Balochistan National Party-Mengal Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini and also of two senators from Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), including its emir Sirajul Haq.
On the face of it, the PML-N has the numbers to elect its own Senate chairperson and deputy chairperson.
The NP is in alliance with PML-N at the centre and in Balochistan. In the meeting PPP chairman praised Raza Rabbani's services to the party.
PML-N Senator and senior leader Mushahid Ullah Khan claimed on Saturday said, "PML-N candidate will have the backing of 57 Senators".
A day after the PPP leaders held meeting with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM-P) Bahadurabad faction, a PML-N delegation led by Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair also visited Bahadurabad and PIB colony and held meeting with Farooq Sattar and Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo denied that he had entrusted Zardari to nominate Senate Chairman.
Thanking Mr Khan for his support, the chief minister said they would try to convince Mr Zardari that the Senate chairman should be nominated from Balochistan.
Later talking to Dawn, Mr Chaudhry said the main objective of the PTI was to prevent the top Senate offices from falling into the lap of the PML-N.
"No my lord, we will not let you do this", she said.
The PML-N now has 33 seats out of a total of 104, while the opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP), hitherto the main group in the body, fell from 27 to 20.
He added that only the ex-PM had the authority to make all decisions, stressing that the PML-N held support for the position of Senate chairman and deputy chairman.