Little-known Pakistani politician appointed Senate chairman

Little-known Pakistani politician appointed Senate chairman

With the ruling party claiming to have gathered the support of as many as 57 senators in the 104-House to elect its candidates easily, Sharif and his allies made a decision to support Raza Rabbani, if PPP nominates him for the office of Senate chairman.

Sanjrani, who is the first Senate chairman from the restive Balochistan province since Pakistan's independence in 1947, embodied the support of the main opposition Pakistan People's party (PPP), Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) of the former cricketing hero, Imran Khan, and independent senators from Balochistan and the northwestern tribal region.

The runner-up Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, a candidate of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), secured 46 votes.

PPP's Saleem Mandviwalla and Pakhtukhwa Milli Awami Party's (PkMAP) Usman Khan Kakar are the nominees fielded by the joint opposition and ruling party's bloc respectively for the post of deputy chairman.

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.

Hailing from the Sanjrani tribe, mainly based in the remote Chagai district which borders Afghanistan and Iran, the newly-elected chairman - who has just turned 40 - is also the youngest chairman of the Upper House.




Although the PML-N had a sole majority with its 33 members and also had support from some other parties, its candidate could not win required favors.

Congratulations to Baloch Senator Sadiq Sanjirani for becoming Chairman Senate.

Prior to the polling, Sanjrani appeared confident of victory and claimed to enjoy the support of over 70 members of the house, hinting at defections from the PML-N and its allies.

According to Express News, 52 senators took the oath today, and the election of the chairman and deputy chairman of the Upper House will take place at 4pm today. Senators were then invited to sign the member rolls.

Meanwhile, the PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif will announce final candidate for the slot of the Senate chairman from among Mushahidullah Khan, Pervaiz Rashid and Mir Hasil Bizenjo today (Monday) before the election. Bizenjo was accompanied by a delegation of independent senators-elect from Balochistan.

A week after the elections in the Senate, the Pakistani government and opposition are still fighting to control this legislative body, given the demands of both sides to name their address. PML-N's Raja Zafarul Haq was nominated by the ruling party and supported by its coalition partners.

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