Congratulations to Baloch Senator Sadiq Sanjirani for becoming Chairman Senate.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan stated that his party is happy over the election of Sanjrani as it is good for the people of Balochistan and for the Federation of Pakistan.
Balochistan independent Senator Sadiq Sanjrani has been elected as Senate Chairman as he bagged 57 votes out of the total 103, DawnNewsTV reported.
Pakistan's governing party has lost the election of the chairman of the Upper House - the Senate - as the joint opposition candidate convincingly clinched the office, according to official results.
Hailing from the Sanjrani tribe, mainly based in the remote Chagai district which borders Afghanistan and Iran, the newly-elected chairman - who has just turned 40 - is also the youngest chairman of the Upper House.
Earlier, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced to support independent Sadiq Sanjrai, while fielding Mandiviwalla as deputy chairman. If elected, Sanjrani will enable the PPP to have its fourth nominated (or supported) chairman of the Senate consecutively.
Imran Khan's party has been changing its position with regards to supporting candidates for the slots of chairman and deputy chairman. His candidature was backed by the PPP and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). And, the party leaders are making hectic efforts to win over the support of smaller parties and independents to achieve the figure of 53, the magic number required to clinch the top Senate slots.
Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting of party leaders and allies in the federal capital today to discuss their candidates for the top offices of the Senate.
Today, Fata and MQM senators have said that they will also be voting for Sanjrani and Madviwala. He also served as special assistant to former chief minister of Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri.
Meanwhile, the PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif will announce final candidate for the slot of the Senate chairman from among Mushahidullah Khan, Pervaiz Rashid and Mir Hasil Bizenjo today (Monday) before the election.
Half of the senators are elected for six years, and half for three years.
In a lighter moment, all senators clapped and banged tables in appreciation when a new member, from a marginalised Hindu caste, entered the chamber. Oath by the member (s)-elect, if any and this will be followed by election of the chairman Senate. He said that besides its own 34 votes, the PML-N has support from 14 votes of the JUI-F, PkMAP, BNP, MQM and Functional League.