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 (2020)
|8th Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan|
12 March 2018 – 12 March 2021
|Preceded by||Raza Rabbani|
|Member of the Senate of Pakistan|
|Assumed office |
12 March 2018
|Constituency||General seat from Balochistan|
|Born||14 April 1978|
Nok Kundi, Balochistan, Pakistan
|Political party||Balochistan Awami Party|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
Early life and educationEdit
Sanjrani was elected to the Senate of Pakistan as an independent candidate on general seat from Balochistan in 2018 Pakistani Senate election. He took oath as Senator on 12 March 2018. On the same day, he was elected as 8th Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan. 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 and became the youngest-ever Chairman of the Senate at the age of 39. He was relatively lesser known figure in Pakistan's political spectrum prior to being elected as Chairman of the Senate.
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.
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| Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan