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PM congratulates Sadiq Sanjrani on Senate win

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has congratulated Sadiq Sanjrani as chairman of the upper house of parliament.

Taking to Twitter, the prime minister expressed happiness that he is happy Balochistan and former FATA got these two slots in line with his policy of mainstreaming those parts of Pakistan that have been marginalised or left behind in the past.

The PTI government’s candidate for the Senate chairman election, Sadiq Sanjrani on Friday defeated Yousaf Raza Gillani of the Opposition coalition of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), marking a significant victory for the ruling party.

Sanjrani received 48 votes, while Gillani bagged 42. Eight of the 98 votes in total were rejected, including one that had a stamp on both names. Sanjrani is a member of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), a member of the ruling alliance, and hails from the southwestern province of Balochistan.   The polls were conducted by the Senate Secretariat officials.

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Almost 10 days ago during the Senate Elections 2021, the PDM’s Yousaf Raza Gillani had emerged the victor from his Islamabad seat, beating Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh associated with the ruling PTI in what was arguably the most-watched contest. Gillani had bagged 169 votes, whereas Shaikh got 164.