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Parliamentary leaders meeting ended in Islamabad on Friday without achieving consensus on legislation to stop-horse trading in Senate elections.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had invited political leaders to discuss the issue of horse trading.

The meeting concluded without reaching a consensus on introducing fresh constitutional amendment to check horse trading in upcoming Senate elections.

Talking to newsmen after the meeting, political leaders said Pakistan People's Party and Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam-F opposed the amendment at this stage.

PPP leader and former Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf said his party wants free and transparent elections in the country. However, he said no Amendment should be made without evolving consensus of all the political parties.

PTI leader Arif Alvi said his party supports Prime Minister's proposal of constitutional amendment to eliminate horse-trading in the Senate elections. He said in today's meeting majority of leaders favoured the amendment but consensus could not be reached because of reservations of PPP and JUI (F).

MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar said his party fully supports the amendment to stop horse trading in upcoming Senate elections.

Sahibzada Tariqullah of Jamaat-e-Islami said his party also supports constitutional amendment to stop horse-trading.

ANP leader Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour opposed horse trading. Abbas Khan Afridi said FATA members have assured the Prime Minister their support to any move to ensure transparency in Senate elections.


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