Sadiq Sanjrani elected Senate chairman

Sadiq Sanjrani elected Senate chairman

The Opposition Parties including Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and PTI have already announced Sadiq Sanjrani and Saleem Mandviwala as their joint candidates for the Chairman Senate and the Deputy Chairman Senate respectively.

One of his brothers, Raziq Sanjrani, is managing director of the Saindak Metals Limited and another, Mir Muhammad Ejaz Sanjrani, a coordinator to the Balochistan chief minister. The first had been the swearing in of Senator Krishna Kohli earlier in the day, Dawn news reported. The PTI had also thrown its weight behind Sadiq Sanjrani.

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.

He served as the head of complaint cell in Prime Minister Secretariat during tenure of PPP's Yousaf Raza Gilani that began in 2008.

The election of the deputy chairman of Senate via secret ballot is being conducted after review of the nomination papers.

In last minute wheelings and dealings for the top posts in the upper house, eight Fata members announced their support for Sanjrani, while the MQM-Ps' Bahadurabad group said it would not support Saleem Mandviwalla for the post of deputy chairman.

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.

Half of the senators are elected for six years, and half for three years.

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Responding to questions regarding Wednesday's meeting between the JUI-F leader and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Nawaz said Fazlur Rehman was an equally good friend of the PML-N hence the party may earn his support.

The process to elect the deputy chairman was going on. Oath by the member (s)-elect, if any and this will be followed by election of the chairman Senate.

However, the PML-N sources said that Pervaiz Rashid has conveyed it to his party leadership that his name should not be considered for the seat of the Senate chairman.

The PkMAP chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai said during the meeting that the PML-N being the majority party should have the Senate chairman's slot.

The strength of the house reduced to 103 from 104 due to absence of PML-N senator-elect Ishaq Dar, who is in London for medical treatment.

Federal Minister Mushahidullah Khan in an informal talk with media persons said they enjoy support of at least 54 senators.

However, PML-N's chairman nominee Raja Zafarul Haq denied the claims and said, "Fata's senators will vote for the government, they will not vote for the opposition".

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