Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Zardari, Imran unite for Senate chairman election

The writer is a graduate student at SOAS University of London The writer is a graduate student at SOAS University of London
| 13 March, 2018, 11:37

Congratulating Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandiwalla and Sanjrani on their election, Jamaat-e-Islam chief Sirajul Haq said the Senate polls were a step towards promoting democracy because people feared the election would not take place at all.

The group has nominated Mir Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani as its candidate for the post of Senate chairman, and finally PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has announced that Mr Sanjrani is his party's candidate for the top slot of the upper house of parliament.

Meanwhile, former Finance Minister Saleem Mandviwalla, fielded by the joint opposition, has been elected as deputy chairman with 54 votes, compared with 44 votes obtained by the ruling alliance's candidate, Usman Kakar.

PML-N officials, who allege elements of the military are trying to weaken their party, accuse Sanjrani of being a "pro-establishment" candidate. The election was held after 51 newly elected senators took oath in the House.

The only names floated for the Senate chairman slot came from six-member Senators' group from Balochistan.

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.


ANP Senator Sitara Ayaz said its sole vote would go to the ruling coalition's candidates as the PPP had refused to field Raza Rabbani as its candidate for the slot of chairman. However, just a day later, it announced that it would vote for the panel announced by the Balochistan chief minister.

During the meeting, Imran announced his support for any candidate the PPP tosses up for the post of deputy chairman as per an agreement with Bizenjo, who had torpedoed the otherwise-well-laced chief minister of PML-N Sanaullah Khan Zehri a few months back to form his government with general elections, expected in late August or early September. Senators were then invited to sign the member rolls.

According to PML-N insiders, PkMAP chief suggested that the candidate for chairmanship should be from PML-N as it was the single largest party.

He also blasted the opposition for terming the chairman's election as a victory from Balochistan, saying the parties turned the Balochistan assembly into a "market".

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.

Mushahidullah Khan said they had the required numbers to get their candidates elected the Senate top Slots. The move, however, met failure.

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