Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

N candidate suffers major defeat in Pak Senate polls

N candidate suffers major defeat in Pak Senate polls

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.

Majority of the opposition parties had supported Sanjrani's candidature and announced to vote for him after he was elected as the member of the Senate for the first time on March 3, 2018 in the Senate elections, in which, half of the chamber's members were elected.

He was answering a question regarding his reaction to PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari's comments casting doubts over the three-year stint of the party stalwart as the house's custodian and him siding with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

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The PTI chairman told the media in a visit to Faisalabad yesterday that during the meeting with Bizenjo, he had been asked to support the Baluchistan chief minister's panel, which included a deputy chairman nominated by the PPP.

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According to Express News, 52 senators took the oath today, and the election of the chairman and deputy chairman of the Upper House will take place at 4pm today.

Sanjrani from Balochistan province was supported by the Joint Opposition, including Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and independents from Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

A little-known politician beat the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to become chairman of Pakistan's Senate on Monday, in a vote the PML-N said was a stitch up by opposition parties. Prior of announcing the names of the candidates for the chairman and deputy chairman Senate, the PPP held a six-hour long meeting.

A total of 53 votes are required to win the Senate chairmanship. Senators were then invited to sign the member rolls. Oath by the member (s)-elect, if any and this will be followed by election of the chairman Senate.

Talking to media following a meeting between party chairman Imran Khan and Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, the spokesperson said the party chief agreed on Sadiq Sanjrani as candidate for Senate chairmanship.

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The process to elect the deputy chairman was going on.

The political parties were scrambling till last minute to get the upper hand through election of chairman.

The PML-N emerged as the largest parliamentary group of the house with 33 Senators.

"We are happy for the people of Balochistan & for the federation of Pakistan", Khan tweeted.

However, PML-N's chairman nominee Raja Zafarul Haq denied the claims and said, "Fata's senators will vote for the government, they will not vote for the opposition".

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