Sadiq Sanjrani

Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani (Urdu: صادق سنجرانی‎; born 14 April 1978) is a Pakistani politician who is from Balochistan and is the 8th and current Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan. He took his oath of office as Member and Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan on 12 March 2018. He is the youngest and first ever Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan who hails from the province of Balochistan.

Sadiq Sanjrani
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Sadiq Sanjrani (2020)
8th Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan
In office
12 March 2018 – 12 March 2021
DeputySaleem Mandviwalla
Preceded byRaza Rabbani
Member of the Senate of Pakistan
Assumed office
12 March 2018
ConstituencyGeneral seat from Balochistan
Personal details
Born (1978-04-14) 14 April 1978 (age 42)
Nok Kundi, Balochistan, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political partyBalochistan Awami Party
Alma materHarvard University

Early life and educationEdit

Sanjrani was born on 14 April 1978[1] in Nok Kundi, Balochistan, Pakistan.[2][3]

He received his early education from Nok Kundi and then moved to United States from where he earned his master's degree from Harvard University [1] .[2]

Political careerEdit

Sanjrani began his political career in 1998 as coordinator of the team of then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif[2] where he served until 1999 Pakistani coup d'état.[1]

In 2008, he was appointed in-charge of the Prime Minister's Yousaf Raza Gillani Grievance Cell at the Prime Minister's Secretariat where he remained for five years.[2]

Sanjrani was elected to the Senate of Pakistan as an independent candidate on general seat from Balochistan in 2018 Pakistani Senate election.[4][5] He took oath as Senator on 12 March 2018.[6] On the same day, he was elected as 8th Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan.[3][6] He received 57 votes out of total 103 votes cast and defeated Raja Zafar ul Haq, a candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) who obtained 46 votes. Sanjrani was voted into chairman position by the Pakistan Peoples Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and independent Senators from Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. He became the first ever Chairman of the Senate who hailed from province of Balochistan[7] and became the youngest-ever Chairman of the Senate at the age of 39.[8] He was relatively lesser known figure in Pakistan's political spectrum prior to being elected as Chairman of the Senate.[1][9][10]

In September 2018, Sanjrani addressed the National Assembly of Azerbaijan on the eve of its 100th anniversary.[11]

On the 1st of August 2019, a no-confidence motion was presented by the opposition parties in the senate to remove him from the post of the Chairman of the Senate. The resolution was tabled in the Senate with 64 senators in support of it. The no-confidence motion failed to pass because the opposition parties only gathered 50 votes, 3 votes short of the resolution passing. Sanjrani still stands as the Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan after having survived the no-confidence vote. This was seen as a clear victory to the PTI government coalition and a confirmation of senators having confidence in the chairman.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Shahid, Saleem (12 March 2018). "Sadiq Sanjrani: a little-known politician from Chagai". DAWN. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Who is Senator Sadiq Sanjrani?". Geo. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Opposition's Sadiq Sanjrani elected 8th chairman of Senate". The Express Tribune. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  4. ^ "LIVE: PML-N-backed independent candidates lead in Punjab, PPP in Sindh". The Express Tribune. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  5. ^ Khan, Iftikhar A. (4 March 2018). "PML-N gains Senate control amid surprise PPP showing". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Senate elect opposition-backed Sanjrani chairman and Mandviwala his deputy". The News. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  7. ^ "PML-N defeated: Opposition candidates Sanjrani, Mandviwalla take Senate's top slots". DAWN. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Meer Sadiq Khan Sanjrani is the youngest-ever Senate Chairman". Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Sadiq Sanjrani: Pakistan's first senate chair from Balochistan". Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Little-known Pakistani politician appointed Senate chairman". Reuters. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  11. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (23 September 2018). "Sanjrani calls for regional cooperation". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  12. ^ Guramani, Dawn com | Nadir (2019-08-01). "Sadiq Sanjrani survives no-confidence vote in shock victory; opposition falls 3 short". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2019-08-03.
Political offices
Preceded by
Raza Rabbani
Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan