Opposition-backed Sadiq Sanjrani sworn in as Senate chairman, Mandi Wala elected as Deputy

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ISLAMABAD (By Gohar Ganghro) Sadiq Sanjrani, the opposition-backed candidate from Balochistan, was appointed Senate chairman on Monday. While Saleem Mandi wala of PPP grabbed 54 votes as deputy chairman of the upper house. His opponent Usman Kakar received 44 votes as five senators did not cast in second round.

Sanjrani secured 57 votes out of possible 103 votes and was administered oath by presiding officer Sardar Yaqub Khan. Sanjrani, an independent, had been backed by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P).

According to reports, Sanjrani also had the support of independent senators elected from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

He was contesting for the post against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) candidate Raja Zafarul Haq, who was backed by the National Party (NP), Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), PML-Functional and Awami National Party.

The election for deputy chairman is now taking place between government-backed Usman Khan Kakar from PkMAP and PPPs Saleem Mandviwalla.

Despite backing Sanjrani, the MQM-P had announced that it would not vote for Mandviwalla. PTI chairman Imran Khan tweeted that Sanjrani’s election would strengthen the federation.

Imran Khan in his social media message extended congratulations to Baloch Senator Sadiq Sanjirani for becoming Chairman Senate. This will strengthen the federation. We are happy for the people of Balochistan & for the federation of Pakistan.

While Bilawal Bhutto Zardari wrote Zia’s opening batsman defeated. Balochistan wins. Federalism wins. Congratulations Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani.

Sanjrani was born on April 14, 1978 in Balochistan’s Nok Kundi town in Chagai district.

The senator received his primary education from Nok Kundi and later attended the Balochistan University from where he obtained his Master’s degree in Arts.

Sanjrani’s father, Khan Mohammad Asif Sanjrani, is a tribal leader and a member of Chagai’s District Council.

In 1998, Sanjrani was appointed as the then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s coordinator. Yousaf Raza Gilani, after taking over as prime minister in 2008, appointed the senator as the head of the newly-formed Prime Minister’s Complaint Cell at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. He served as the head of the complaint cell for five years.

Earlier on Monday, 51 newly-elected Senators took oath in the upper house of Parliament. Presiding officer, Sardar Muhammad Yaqub Nasir took oath from the Senators. Ishaq Dar could not take oath as he is undergoing medical treatment in London. Dr Asad Ashraf took oath on Nehal Hashmi’s vacant seat.

The new senators are Hafiz Abdul Kareem, Abida Muhammad Azeem, Ahmed Khan, Anwer Lal Dean, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, Dr Asif Kirmani, Behara Mand, Dilawar Khan, Faisal Javed, Fida Muhammad, Maulvi Faiz Muhammad, Haroon Akhter Khan, Hidayat Ullah, Hilal-ur-Rehman, Imam Uddin Shoqeen, Kamran Micheal, Khuda Babar, Kisho Bai, Rana Mehmud ul Hassan, Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Mehar Taj Rooghani, Mirza Muhammad Afridi, Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Maula Bux Chandio, Muhammad Akram, Syed Muhammad Ali Shah Jamot, Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo, Muhammad Ayub, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Faroogh Naseem, Syed Muhammad Sabir Shah, Sadiq Sinjrani, Sardar Muhammad Shafique Tareen, Tahir Bizenjo,Talha Mehmood, Musadiq Masood Malik, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Mushtaq Ahmed, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Naseeb Ullah Bazai, Nuzhat Sadiq, Qurat ul Ain Mari, Mian Raza Rabbani, Rubina Khalid, Rukhsana Zubairi, Saadia Abbasi, Sana Jamali, Shaheen Khalid Butt, Shamim Afridi and Dr Sikandar Mandhro.

صادق سنجرانی چیئرمین اور سلیم مانڈوی والا ڈپٹی چیئرمین سینیٹ منتخب

اسلام آباد(ای این این)اپوزیشن اتحاد کے امیدوار صادق سنجرانی چیئرمین سینیٹ اور پیپلز پارٹی کے سلیم مانڈوی والا ڈپٹی چیئرمین سینیٹ منتخب ہو گئے۔صدر مملکت ممنون حسین کی جانب سے مقرر کردہ پریزائیڈنگ آفیسر سردار یعقوب ناصر کی زیر صدارت سینیٹ کا اجلاس ہوا جس دوران خفیہ رائے شماری کے ذریعے چیئرمین اور ڈپٹی چیئرمین سینیٹ کا انتخابی عمل میں آیا۔

تمام اراکین نے خفیہ رائے شماری کے ذریعے چیئرمین اور ڈپٹی چیئرمین کے لئے نامزد امیدواروں کو ووٹ دیے۔سنجرانی کو 57 ووٹ اور مانڈی والا کو 44 ووٹ ملے۔   104 کے ایوان میں سے 103  ارکان نے چیئرمین، جب کہ 98 نے ڈپٹی چیئرمین کے لیے ووٹ کا حق ادا کیا۔ اسحاق ڈار نے بیرون ملک ہونے کی وجہ سے ووٹ نہیں دیا۔

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