In a shock to the joint opposition, the ruling PTI and its allies saved the no trust move against Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani on Thursday.
According to reports, the joint opposition failed to get the no-trust resolution passed by the upper house on Thursday. The resolution was jointly moved by the joint opposition, to de-seat the chairman senate Sadiq Sanjrani.
The tall claims of opposition having support of 64 senators was exposed as the opposition manage to get 50 votes only in their cause, and the opposition resolution was rejected. The polling session was held today at the senate, chaired by senator Barrister Muhammad Saif.
The opposition needed 51 votes as the total number of senators present today was 100 senators, out of 104 senators. Jamat-e-Islami senators, 2 in numbers, were conspicuous by their absence and a senator Chaudhry Tanveer, of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, was also absent as he was out of country at this crucial occasion.
When the secret balloting results announced, opposition had 50 votes only, while technical grounds rejected 5 votes and 9 opposition senators voted in favor of Sadiq Sanjrani.
I am thankful for both treasury and opposition benches for voting for me,” jubilant Sadiq Sanjrani said after his victory.
Opposition fails to unseat Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani
Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani survived on Thursday a no-confidence motion after the opposition fell just three votes short of victory.
President Arif Alvi summoned the session of Senate, who has appointed Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) Muhammad Ali Saif to act as presiding officer of the session. Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq presented the no-confidence resolution against the chairman.
Moreover, the resolution stated ‘whereas Senator Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has ceased to command confidence of majority of members of Senate as Chairman, House resolves and declares that Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has ceased to hold office of Chairman, Senate of Pakistan.’
About 100 senators, including the chairman took part in the polling process. Notably, on behalf of the opposition Senator Javed Abbasi served as polling gaent, while Senator Nauman Wazir assisted on behalf of the government. However, Senator Hafiz Abdul Kareem was the first one to cast the vote.
Similarly, Senate Deputy Chairperson Salim Mandviwala also survived a no-confidence motion submitted by the government. Therefore, the rejection of the resolution was inevitable.