Government, Opposition Fight for Pakistani Senate Control

  • Government, Opposition Fight for Pakistani Senate Control

Government, Opposition Fight for Pakistani Senate Control

Sanjrani, an independent senator, was backed by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P).

After marathon deliberations with allies and other stakeholders on Saturday, both PML-N and PPP stopped short of announcing their candidates for top Senate slots.

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

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. The PTI had also thrown its weight behind Sadiq Sanjrani.

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.

PML-N officials, who allege elements of the military are trying to weaken their party, accuse Sanjrani of being a "pro-establishment" candidate. During the previous PPP government, Sanjrani was assigned a post at the Prime Minister's Secretariat.

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.

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

The Presiding Officer Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob made the announcement following which supporters of winning candidate thumped the desk.

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

Monday's elections for the Senate chairman witnessed an unexpected outcome as Sanjrani managed to bag the slot following a much anticipated contest with the ruling PMLN's candidate. Oath by the member (s)-elect, if any and this will be followed by election of the chairman Senate. Afterwards, newly elected chairman announced to start the process for election of deputy chairman.

"Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani got 57 votes against Raja Zafarul Haq (of PML-N) and has been elected as chairman", said Nasar.

The majority party Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) and its allies National Party (NP), Pashtunkhwa Awami Party (Pk-MAP), PML- Functional and Awami National Party have agreed on nomination of Pk-MAP's Usman Kakar as deputy chairman. Meanwhile, the PML-N leadership sent a delegation to the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Senator Sirajul Haq to secure support of two senators.