In a significant reduction to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government-backed candidate Sadiq Sanjrani on Friday gained one other time period as chairman of the Senate defeating the joint opposition candidate and former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani.
Sanjrani polled 48 votes whereas Gilani received 42 within the 99-member Senate, dealing a blow to the joint Opposition regardless of having a majority within the Higher Home, PTI reported.
A complete of 98 senators voted within the election however eight votes had been rejected out of whom seven had been stamped on the identify of Gilani, who served because the Prime Minister from 2008 till his disqualification and ouster by Pakistan’s Supreme Courtroom in 2012.
The Opposition challenged the end result with the previous prime minister’s son Qasim Gilani asserting to strategy the Election Tribunal whereas categorically stating the seven votes couldn’t be rejected as they had been stamped on the candidate’s identify.
The objection was overruled by Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, the presiding officer, as he said the votes had been rejected as a result of they weren’t stamped appropriately.
In the meantime, giving additional enhance to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the ruling get together backed Senator Mirza Mohammad Afridi was elected deputy chairman as he trounced opposition candidate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of the JUI-F.