Opposition-backed Sadiq Sanjrani elected Senate chairman | Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Sadik Sanjari, an opposition candidate from Balochistan, was appointed chairman of the Senate on Monday. Sanjari received 57 votes.
Sanjrani Independent was supported by the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Muttahida Kaumi-Pakistan movement (MQM-P). According to reports, Sanjari also received the support of independent senators elected from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)
. He challenged the post against the candidate of the Muslim Muslim League-Navas (PML-N), Raji Zafarul Haq, who was supported by the National Party (NP), Pashtunkhwa Milli Avami Party (PkMAP), PML National Party and Awami National Party.
The election of the deputy chairman will now take place between the government-backed Usman Khan Kakar of PkMAP (19459004)
. Despite the support of Sanjari, MQM-P announced that it will not vote for Mantwila.
Earlier on Monday, 51 newly elected senator swore by presiding Senator Sardar Yakub Khan when the Senate session began a little after 10am. Iskhak Dar could not take the oath, as he is in London for medical reasons.