PM Imran picks Sadiq Sanjrani as candidate for Senate chairmanship

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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced to support Sadiq Sanjrani, an independent senator from Balochistan, for the Senate chairman.

This was announced by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain and Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz on Twitter.

Fawad further said that a session of the National Assembly will be held on Saturday to seek the vote of confidence for the premier from the Parliament.

The decision was taken after the premier held a meeting with incumbent Senate chairman Sanjrani and its cabinet members to discuss the political situation.

A little-known opposition candidate has been elected as senate chairman in Pakistan, in a fresh blow to the ruling PML-N party, which is already reeling from the slew of corruption cases facing its leadership.

Balochistan Senator Sadiq Sanjrani was elected to Senate as an independent on March 3 2018. The then relative political unknown took oath as Senate chairman on March 17 after he secured 57 votes out of the total 103 cast for the seat, serving a below to then ruling PML-N.

Pakistan Democratic Movement is yet to announce its candidate for the top slot of the Senate. Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, who sealed victory against PTI’s strong candidate Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in March 3 Senate election, is likely to be named as candidate for the race.

On Wednesday, the ruling PTI faced a major blow after Shaikh was defeated by Gillani with a lead of five votes in the former’s stronghold National Assembly.