(Web Desk) – Backed by joint opposition Sadiq Sanjrani won the Senate election for chairman with as many as 57 votes against the ruling party’s candidate, Raja Zafarul Haq, who secured 46 votes.
Monday’s elections for the Senate chairman witnessed an unexpected outcome as Sanjrani managed to bag the slot following a much anticipated contest with the ruling PMLN’s candidate.
Sanjrani was elected to the Senate in 2018 as an independent candidate from Balochistan province. He is the first ever Chairman of the Senate who hailed from province of Balochistan.
Sanjrani was nominated by Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bijenzo for Senate’s top slot. His candidature was backed by the PPP and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Born in 1978 in Balochistan’s Nok Kundi town, he obtained his early education from Chaghi.
The newly elected Senate chairman began his political career in 1998 by serving as coordinator of the then premier, former head of PMLN, Nawaz Sharif in Balochistan until the coup in 1999.
He served as the head of complaint cell in Prime Minister Secretariat during tenure of PPP’s Yousaf Raza Gilani that began in 2008. He also served as special assistant to former chief minister of Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri.
He served as director of board of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal as well.
Following his elections, PTI and PPP leaders tweeted congratulatory messages for Sanjrani.