Published On: Wed, Jul 10th, 2019
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Opposition submits resolution of no-confidence against Senate chairman

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties in the Senate on Tuesday submitted a no-confidence resolution against Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani along with a requisition to convene the Upper House for a session.

The resolution was submitted after a meeting between members of the opposition in the chamber of Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, who chaired the meeting.

The resolution — which demands the removal of the Senate chairman under Rule 12 (Removal of Chairman or Deputy Chairman) of the Rules of Procedure in Conduct of Business in the Senate — was drawn up by Sherry Rehman and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Javed Abbasi and signed by members of the opposition. A requisition was also submitted, asking for a session to be called so that the resolution can be moved in the Senate.

The meeting was attended by Senators Sherry Rehman, Sassui Palijo, Ashok Kumar, Pervez Rashid, Musadiq Malik, Mushahidullah Khan and Usman Kakar among others.

Leaders of the Jamaat-i-Islami did not attend the meeting. During the meeting, Senator Sherry Rehman briefed the opposition leaders over the rules pertaining to the removal of the Senate chairman.

A decision to remove the chairman of the upper house was made at a multi-party conference on June 26. The move is meant to be the first step towards mounting pressure on the PTI-led coalition government.

The opposition is expected to announce the name of another candidate for the Senate chairman during a meeting of the opposition’s anti-government ‘Rehbar Committee’ on July 11.

Senator Javed Abbasi of PML-N told media that the resolution has been signed by 50 members and the resolution was submitted under the sub-section 3 of the article 54 of the constitution, saying that under the requisition chairman is bound to call session of the senate in 14 days. He said that they feared that the government may cause hindrance in calling the session of the senate.

He said that chairman senate has lost the majority of members of the senate, saying that opposition has the majority in the senate. He said that all the members of PPP signed the resolution and thus chairman senate has lost majority in the upper house.

He said that now the session will be held in 14 days, saying that there is one-point agenda wherein there is the resolution and decision will be made on the secret balloting.


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