Pakistan opposition candidate elected Senate chairman
Islamabad March 12 (IANS) Balochistan Senator Sadiq Sanjrani was elected and sworn in as the Senate Chairman of Pakistan on Monday after he secured 57 votes out of the total 103 cast for the seat.
His election as the first-ever Senate chairman from Balochistan marked the day s second historic moment. The first had been the swearing in of Senator Krishna Kohli earlier in the day Dawn news reported.
Polling had taken place via a secret ballot. The counting was held shortly after the final vote was cast with a nominee of each bloc overseeing the process.
As soon as Sanjrani who was elected to the Senate as an independent in the March 3 election was formally announced as elected Chairman of the Senate he was promptly sworn in.
Sanjrani had been backed by the joint opposition including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and independents from Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).