Opposition-backed Sadiq Sanjrani elected as chairman of Pakistan's Senate

Opposition-backed Sadiq Sanjrani elected as chairman of Pakistan's Senate

His election as the first-ever Senate chairman from Balochistan marked the day's second historic moment.

The newly elected Senate chairman began his political career in 1998 by serving as coordinator of the then premier, former head of PMLN, Nawaz Sharif in Balochistan until the coup in 1999.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan stated that his party is happy over the election of Sanjrani as it is good for the people of Balochistan and for the Federation of Pakistan.

Bizenjo, who represents the group of independent senators-elect from the south-western province, has secured the PTI support on the condition that the candidate for the position of chairman would be from Balochistan and not from the Pakistan People's Party.

The election for the Chairman Senate and the Deputy Chairman Senate will take place at 4:00 pm today in the Upper House of the Parliament in Islamabad.

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Polling to elect the new chairman and his deputy was held in the parliament building.

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.

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.

Sadiq Sanjrani's father Khan Muhammad Asif Sanjrani is considered one of the leading tribal elders of Chagai district and now he is a member of the Chagai District Council.

Sanjrani was also backed by the independent senators from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

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PML-N officials, who allege elements of the military are trying to weaken their party, accuse Sanjrani of being a "pro-establishment" candidate.

Today, Fata and MQM senators have said that they will also be voting for Sanjrani and Madviwala.

Sadiq Sanjrani had also worked with former chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri as his special assistant.

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.

It will be followed by oath by the members-elect under Article 65 of the Constitution and signing of the roll of members.

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PML-N Central Information Secretary Mushahid Ullah said they have managed to get simple majority in the 104-member House but they were still trying to woo more votes.

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