Sadiq Sanjrani

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Sadiq Sanjrani
8th Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan
Assumed office
12 March 2018
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 40)
Nok Kundi, Balochistan, Pakistan
NationalityPakistani
Political partyIndependent
Alma materUniversity of Balochistan

Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani (Urdu: صادق سنجرانی‎; born 14 April 1978) is a Pakistani politician who 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.

Early life and education[edit]

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 Islamabad from where he earned his master's degree.[1] According to another report, he earned his degree of Master of Arts from the University of Balochistan.[2]

Political career[edit]

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 Yousaf Raza Gillani Complaint Cell at the Prime Minister's Secretariat where he remained for five years.[2]

During the tenure of Sanaullah Khan Zehri as Chief Minister of Balochistan, Sanjrani remained as his special assistant.[1]

Sanjrani was elected to the Senate of Pakistan as an independent candidate on general seat from Balochistan in Pakistani Senate election, 2018.[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 casted votes 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.[9][10][1]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e 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". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Sadiq Sanjrani: Pakistan's first senate chair from Balochistan". www.aljazeera.com. 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.
Political offices
Preceded by
Raza Rabbani
Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan
2018
Incumbent