CM Balochistan, PTI, senators nominate Sadiq Sanjrani for Senate chairman

All parties to announce their nominees for top Senate positions today


News Desk March 11, 2018
PHOTO: APP

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have called high-level meetings to discuss top Senate posts.

All the parties are expected to announce names of their candidates for chairman and deputy chairman today.

PTI teams up with CM Balochistan and senators

A delegation of Balochistan Senators along with the CM arrived today in Islamabad at Bani Gala to meet with PTI Chairman Imran Khan. Bizenjo thanked Imran to thank him for his support, confidence and support for the Baloch candidates. The Baloch leaders reached consensus on Sadiq Sanjrani for chairman Senate.

"However, we will support PPP for its nomination for deputy chairman," CM Balochistan said, "Imran Khan is worthy of praise for his confidence in people of Balochistan. It is the first time a Baloch person is considered for a meaningful role in national politics. His decision to support us will empower the federation."

PPP unwilling to support ‘inexperienced’ Balochistan candidates for Senate chairman

Imran thanked the senators and CM for their visit, and added that action was needed to ensure a bright future for the country. “We must stand above personal interests and work together,” the PTI chief said, further adding, “Measures to reduce deprivation faced by Baloch people must be frequently taken. We must fight with corrupt regimes of Sharifs in order to save parliament and democracy. PTI will fulfill the promise it has made with CM and peoples of Balochistan. As agreed, we will support PPP’s nominee for deputy chairman."

The delegation also called for the formation of a cancer hospital in Quetta to which the PTI chief ensured that the request would be put before the Shaukat Khanum Board for approval.

In yesterday’s meeting with Imran Khan, CM Balochistan suggested names of Sadiq Sanjrani and Anwarul Haq as chairman and deputy chairman. Final announcement of Senate nominees will be made today with speculations that Imran has agreed on Sadiq Sanjrani for the chairman’s slot.

In addition to his desire for a Baloch senator as chairman, Imran Khan has also hoped for deputy chairman to come from FATA.

PML-N discusses potential candidates

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting in Jati Umra to discuss appointments for chairman and deputy chairman for Senate. Nawaz Sharif and PML-N leaders will finalise names for the top positions of the Senate in a meeting that begins at 3pm today.

PPP considers options

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also called senior leaders in Islamabad today. After discussions, PPP's senior leaders will finalise and announce their nominees for the Senate chairmanship.

According to sources, Sadiq Sanjrani has held strong association with Peoples Party. He also served as a chief coordinator of PM House during the reign of Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Tomorrow’s session will observe the oath-taking ceremony of 52 Senate-elects after which nomination papers for chairman and deputy chairman will be submitted for voting. After voting, candidates with most votes for each category will be declared and notified. All political parties are likely to announce their candidates for the two posts today itself.

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