No-confidence resolutions fail

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Zafarul Haq meets Senate Chairman

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Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla survived no-confidence resolutions tabled against them on Thursday. At the start of the session, 64 senators had stood up in support of the motion to table the no-confidence resolution. The oppositions no-confidence resolution against Sadiq Sanjrani failed to receive the 53 votes required for his removal. The final vote count was 50 votes in favour of the motion, five votes rejected, and 45 cast against him.

Having fallen short of a simple majority of the house, the motion was dismissed. I am thankful for both treasury and opposition benches for voting for me, Sanjrani said to a private TV channel. Talking to National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Sanjrani said that he was “thankful to friends and companions who considered me a better” chairman.

I don’t know which of the 14 senators [who were part of the opposition] voted in my favour. This matter should end here, he said, adding that the results were “not anyone’s victory or defeat. Later, Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwala also survived the no-confidence motion moved against him by the government due to an opposition walkout.

According to initial reports, only 32 votes could be cast in favour of the no-confidence motion. The government had required at least 53.

The opposition abstained from the vote, leaving the house before its members could cast their vote.

Meanwhile, opposition Leader in upper house of the parliament, Raja Zafarul Haq on Thursday called on Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. Matters of mutual interests, no-trust motion, current political situation, future strategy and other issues were discussed in the meeting. Sources said that both the dignitaries met in the chamber of Raja Zafarul Haq and discussed ways to run the house in a better way and to normalize of the current situation.

Senator Javed Abbasi, Mushahid Hussain Syed,  Senator Ahmed Khan and others were present in the meeting. It is pertinent to mention here that Raja Zafarul Haq had tabled the no-confidence motion against Sadiq Sanjrani which had met failure. Earlier in the day, Sadiq Sanjrani would continue to serve as the Senate Chairman following the failure of opposition’s no-confidence motion against him.

As per details, 50 votes had been cast in favour of the no-confidence motion against Sanjrani, thus the resolution was not adopted in the Senate. The secret voting on the no-confidence motion took place in the upper house. A total of 53 votes were required to remove the Senate chairman. At the onset of the session, 64 senators favoured the no-trust motion tabled by Raja Zafarul Haq, following which, the polling kicked off in the Senate.

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