Sadiq Sanjrani assumes the role of acting president

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Senate President Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani during a phone call in Islamabad, June 22, 2023. — APP
Senate President Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani during a phone call in Islamabad, June 22, 2023. — APP
  • Sadiq Sanjrani took charge of the Quetta office.
  • Cabinet Division has also made a notification.
  • He takes charge as President Alvi leaves for Hajj.

ISLAMABAD: After President Arif Alvi left for Saudi Arabia to fulfill the religious obligation of the hajj, Senate President Sadiq Sanjrani took over as acting president on Sunday, a senate statement said.

Sanjrani took charge of the Quetta office, and the Cabinet Division has also issued a notice in this regard.

Under the Constitution, in the absence of the President of Pakistan for any reason, the Speaker of the Upper House of Parliament takes his place as Acting President.

The President of the Senate is currently in the capital of Balochistan due to the death of his aunt.

The Hajj is observed for five days in the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar – Zil Hajj – and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

It is a religious obligation for all able-bodied Muslims who can afford it at least once in their lifetime.

Sanjrani – a short profile

Sanjrani holds two unique honors: the youngest, 39, to chair the senate and the first to be elected to the position from Balochistan.

Born on April 14, 1978 in Nokkundi, Balochistan, Sanjrani took oath as Speaker of the Upper House on March 12, 2018 with 57 votes.

He previously held the position of coordinator of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s team in 1998-99 and worked for the Complaints Cell at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat during Yousaf Raza Gilani’s tenure in 2008-13.

The first senate president from Balochistan has a master’s degree in international relations and has a dynamic personality that infuses professional acumen with a humanitarian touch, according to the senate’s website.

In addition to the highest political portfolio in the Senate, he also chaired the Senate Finance Committee, the Business Advisory Committee, and the National Football Promotion and Development Committee.

Throughout his professional life, Sanjrani has remained a member of Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ex-Director of the Board of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital, Quetta, and Founder President Society for the Services of Humanity (SFSH), Islamabad, among other assignments.

In 2018, Sanjarani survived a vote of no confidence from the then opposition – which came as a surprise victory for the then PTI-led government and its coalition partners.

The opposition (now in government) had passed the no-confidence resolution by 64 votes, but despite needing only 53 of the 64 senators to send Sanjarni, the opposition fell three votes short.

This was the first time in Pakistan’s history that a no-confidence motion had been introduced against the President of the Senate, demanding his resignation.


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