US Senate confirms Pakistan-origin Zahid Quraishi as first federal Muslim judge

WASHINGTON: The US Senate has approved President Joe Biden’s nomination of Zahid Quraishi, a magistrate judge in New Jersey, to the federal bench, making him the first Muslim federal judge in US history. The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 81-16 to confirm

Senate Chairman arrives in Djibouti to attend President swearing-in ceremony

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani reached Djibouti with on four-day visit on the special invitation of President Djibouti. He was welcomed by the speaker of Djibouti Parliament and Foreign Minister at the airport.  During his stay here, the Chairman

Senate Chairman election

This month has been rather eventful with the Senate elections and the polls for the top seats for the Upper House of parliament. The controversy has not ended as the opposition has decided to challenge the results in court, setting

PPP will challenge Senate chairman election in IHC: Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that all the senators of the opposition voted for Yousaf Raza Gilani in the elections for Chairman Senate. Speaking at a dinner reception held at Zardari House in honour

Senate chairman election have been stolen, claims Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said the Senate chairman election 2021 “has been stolen” and the party will challenge the results in court. “The PDM has defeated the government in the National Assembly and the Senate,” he

LIVE: Gilani vs Sanjrani – Voting ends for Senate chairman election

ISLAMABAD: The polling for the Senate chairman ended after 98 senators voted in the elections and the counting will start after the official polling closure time, i.e. 5pm. Polling began after 3pm, and an officer called out names of senators

Gilani claims victory ahead of Chairman Senate election

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) candidate Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani on Friday claimed that he has already won the Senate chairman election. The former prime minister will contest the election against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Sadiq Sanjrani.  “Everyone knows we

48 newly-elected senators take oath

ISLAMABAD: Forty-eight newly-elected members of the Senate have been sworn in on Friday for a six-year term in the Upper House of Parliament. Presiding Officer (PO) Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah administered the oath to the newly-elected senators. In the next

‘Spy cameras’ found in polling booth ahead of Senate chairman election

ISLAMABAD: Ahead of the elections for the Chairman Senate and deputy chairman, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar claimed to have recovered ‘spy cameras’ installed in the polling booth. In his tweet, Khokhar stated he and Pakistan Muslim

High stakes in Senate

The Senate has been reconvened where newly-elected members will take oath. The tug of war between the government and the opposition gets more intense as the elections for the highest seats of the Upper House are being held. The elections

Elections for new Chairman Senate, deputy chairman to be held today

ISLAMABAD: The Senate would elect its new chairman and deputy chairman in a close contest as there is a narrow margin in the numerical strength of Senators belonging to the government coalition and the opposition parties. President Dr Arif Alvi

PTI expels two Sindh MPAs for violating party discipline

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has expelled two members of the Sindh Assembly for allegedly selling their vote in the recent Senate elections and over violation of party discipline. The expelled members include MPAs Aslam Abro from Jacobabad’s PS-I and Shehryar

Senate elections showed how we are losing our moral compass: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that states disintegrate without justice and rule of law and the recent Senate elections showed how we are losing out moral companies. “Our Prophet PBUH said “many nations before you were destroyed when

PM to announce candidate for Deputy Chairman Senate today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reportedly completed consultations with party leaders and allies and will announce the name of Deputy Chairman Senate on Thursday (today). The prime minister is reportedly considering the names of Walid Iqbal, Ejaz Chaudhry and

PDM nominates Abdul Ghafoor Haideri for Senate deputy chairman

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has nominated Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) General Secretary Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri for the post of Senate deputy chairman. JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman congratulated Haideri on his nomination. Haideri thanked for reposing confidence in

ECP summons PTI KP MPA for Senate vote buying via WhatsApp

PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has summoned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Abdul Salam Afridi for allegedly vote buying in the Senate elections. A WhatsApp chat had surfaced of the PTI lawmaker being offered money

PDM chief summons meeting to devise post-Senate elections strategy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has convened a meeting of the opposition alliance on Monday to devise a post-Senate elections strategy. The meeting will be held at Sindh House in Islamabad at 2PM on 8th March

US Senate passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill

WASHINGTON: The US Senate voted to approve a $1.9 trillion relief package in what President Joe Biden called a “giant step” towards reviving the pandemic-stricken American economy. Passed by 50 votes to 49 in a strict party line vote, the

‘Embarrassing elections’ – PM criticises ECP after gaining vote of confidence

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked the lawmakers for their support and reposing confidence in him and criticised the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for not holding transparent elections. Addressing the National Assembly after securing the trust vote, the prime

Chairman Senate to be elected on March 12

ISLAMABAD: After the conclusion of the Senate elections, the main focus is on the election of the Chairman and deputy chairman of the Upper House on Parliament. The Senate Secretariat has said the newly elected members of the Senate will

Senate and politics

The much-hyped Senate elections are finally over but the political climate still remains intense. The past few days have witnessed a potful of political events as both sides traded barbs over allegations of horse-trading, videos of vote buying and selling

Newly-elected Senate members to be sworn on March 12

ISLAMABAD: The newly elected members of the Senate will be sworn in on March 12, the Senate Secretariat has said. The tenure of the retiring senators ends March 11 after which 48 new members of the Upper House will be

PM nominates Sadiq Sanjrani as Chairman Senate

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to nominate Sadiq Sanjrani as its candidate for the Chairman Senate. This was confirmed by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz. “Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced Sadiq Sanjrani for Senate

Babar Awan advises PM not to challenge Gilani’s election victory

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader and Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan has advised Prime Minister Imran Khan not to challenge Yousaf Raza Gilani’s victory in the Senate elections. The prime minister has summoned an important meeting of party

PTI emerges as largest party in Senate

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehrek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the largest party in the Senate after winning 18 seats in the elections followed by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) with eight seats. The ruling party now had 26 seats in the Upper

Opposition alliance secures major victory in Senate election

ISLAMABAD: Polling for Senate election was completed in the National Assembly along with two provincial assemblies –Sindh and Balochistan. The counting of votes is currently underway. In a major upset to the government, the joint opposition candidate Yousuf Raza Gilani

PTI’s Khurram Sher barred from casting vote in Senate elections

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Khurram Sher Zaman was barred from casting his vote in the Senate elections. Zaman arrived at the Sindh Assembly to cast his vote for the Senate elections but was stopped from voting after he was

Even a single extra vote will be bonus for PPP: Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has declared victory in the Senate elections even before the voting has been concluded for the polls. Speaking to media, the PPP chairperson said the Pakistan Democrat Movement (PDM) will emerge

PM Imran Khan casts vote for Senate election

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has cast his vote for the Senate elections on Wednesday at the Parliament House. The prime minister arrived at the Assembly hall also interacted with the MNAs of PTI and allied parties. He received a

Secret balloting and transparency

The Supreme Court announced its opinion on the presidential reference regarding the Senate elections and maintained that polls will be through secret ballot. The move was not entirely surprising as the court was expected to refer the matter to parliament