Opposition-backed Sanjrani, Mandviwalla take top Senate posts

PML-N has right to field its candidate for the slot of senate chairman: Nawaz Sharif

PML-N has right to field its candidate for the slot of senate chairman: Nawaz Sharif

Elated by the victory of opposition-backed Sadiq Sanjrani on post of Senate chairman, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Monday took to twitter to felicitate him.

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.

Earlier in the day, 52 newly elected senators took the oath.

Sadiq Sanjrani has five brothers and he is eldest among them. This is actually the Victory of People of Balochistan & Credit goes to Imran Khan & all the Parties who Supported Him.

The election of the deputy chairman of Senate via secret ballot is being conducted after review of the nomination papers. "For the first time in history someone from my community has been elected to Senate", she told reporters in parliament house.

Tough competition is expected between Saleem Mandviwalls of PPP, who is supported by opposition and Usman Kakar of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Partys (PkMAP), an ally of the ruling party.

PML-N officials, who allege elements of the military are trying to weaken their party, accuse Sanjrani of being a "pro-establishment" candidate. Bizenjo was accompanied by a delegation of independent senators-elect from Balochistan.

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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. Senators were then invited to sign the member rolls.

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.

The PML-N emerged as the largest parliamentary group of the house with 33 Senators.

It was also his proposal that the matter of announcement of a candidate for the chairman slot should be left to Nawaz Sharif, while the slot of deputy chairman should be given to the coalition parties which would finalise the candidate after mutual consultation.

"It has been proved today some forces are more supreme than the Parliament", he said in his speech in Senate after the election of new chairman and deputy chairman of the house.

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 move, however, met failure.

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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