Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani of his party’s all-out support and vowed to foil the no-confidence motion against him.
The meeting comes hours after opposition parties nominated National Party (NP) chief Mir Hasil Bizenjo for the post of Senate chairman in an ongoing efforts to replace Sanjrani.
“We will make no-trust motion against Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani unsuccessful,” Express News quoted the premier as saying during his meeting with the incumbent upper house of parliament’s chief and other senior party leaders in Islamabad on Thursday.
According to sources, Sanjrani, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan Swati and Leader of the House in Senate Shibli Faraz were present in the meeting.
Sources privy to the development said that PM Imran directed PTI senators to reach out to other political parties to foil the opposition’s bid to remove Sanjrani.
Swati and Faraz also briefed the prime minister on the number of senators required to secure Sanjrani from no-trust move.
A day earlier, Faraz had claimed that he was in touch with several opposition senators on this matter and the ruling PTI is formulating a strategy to thwart the de-seat bid.
In March last year, in a major blow to the then ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Sanjrani was elected the Senate chairman with the support of PTI, PPP and a bloc of independent lawmakers.