The MQM's five senators abstained from the deputy chairman's election.
Senators from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and handful of senators from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Bahadurabad faction announced support for Opposition's Sadiq Sanjrani for the post of Senate chairman.
PPP's Saleem Mandviwalla and Pakhtukhwa Milli Awami Party's (PkMAP) Usman Khan Kakar are the nominees fielded by the joint opposition and ruling party's bloc respectively for the post of deputy chairman. The PTI had early announced that it would neither vote for the PPP, nor the PML-N's nominees during the election for Senate chairman.
In the session today, 51 newly elected senators also took oath to secure their respective seats of the upper house after which the session had adjourned. Chaired by PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif, the meeting was attended by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, Mushahid Ullah Khan, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Pervaiz Rasheed, Musadaq Malik, Marriyam Aurangzeb and others. After the chairman is elected, he will begin proceedings for election of the deputy chairman of the upper house, DawnNewsTVreported.
ANP Senator Sitara Ayaz said its sole vote would go to the ruling coalition's candidates as the PPP had refused to field Raza Rabbani as its candidate for the slot of chairman. If elected, Sanjrani will enable the PPP to have its fourth nominated (or supported) chairman of the Senate consecutively.
Sadiq Sanjrani had also worked with former chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri as his special assistant.
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Responding to questions regarding Wednesday's meeting between the JUI-F leader and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Nawaz said Fazlur Rehman was an equally good friend of the PML-N hence the party may earn his support.
In a lighter moment, all senators clapped and banged tables in appreciation when a new member, from a marginalised Hindu caste, entered the chamber.
The chairman-elect will be administered oath, which will be followed by announcement of the name (s) of candidate (s) nominated for election as deputy chairman. While, the PPP has overall 20 seats in the Senate and the PTI stands third major party in the Senate with 13 seats.
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According to PML-N insiders, PkMAP chief suggested that the candidate for chairmanship should be from PML-N as it was the single largest party. The move, however, met failure.