People will support us more with more decisions against us: Nawaz Sharif

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The vote potentially paves the wave for a return to power for the embattled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

"PMLN now the single largest party in Senate as well, Masha'Allah", tweeted Sharif's daughter and presumed heir, Maryam Nawaz Sharif.

On Sunday, the PML-N-backed Yasir Zafar Sindhu won the by-election of PP-30 Sargodha by securing 42,736 votes while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) Rao Sajid Mehmood remained the runner up with 23,586 votes. "The people will support us more as more decisions will come against us", the PML-N leader said. Sharif has been at odds with the country's judiciary since the high court forced him from power previous year. The PML-N hasn't controlled the Senate in 18 years. The four candidates who won include Hidayatullah, Hilalur Rehman, Shamim Afridi and Mirza Mohammad Afridi. Senate has 104 members elected for six years, but half of them retire every three years at completion of term and new Senators are elected indirectly by provincial and national assemblies through proportional representation.

Nearly all political parties have expressed dismay at the elections laws of Senate and promised to improve them.

PML-N has also called a meeting of its allied parties tomorrow (Wednesday) for consultations on the names for the top slots. Sharif has been deeply critical of the judiciary, accusing it of a conspiracy to hurt his party and Pakistan's civilian leaders.

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Provincial and federal lawmakers voted to elect 52 Senators in the Senate elections that started at 9 am and continued till 4 pm, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Mushahid Hussain Sayed, who won a seat in capital Islamabad, told media that the senate victory vindicates Sharif's political "narrative" with voters.

The final results will not immediately show how well PML-N has done because a number of candidates were barred from running under the party's banner following Sharif's disqualification by the Supreme Court last month. Those candidates, who will be running as "independents" are expected to pledge their allegiance to the PML-N if they are elected to the Senate, according to PML-N officials.

Under Pakistan's constitution a bill can not become law unless it is passed by both upper and lower houses of parliament.