IHC dismisses Gilani's petition against Senate chairman's election

By: News Desk      Published: 04:34 PM, 24 Mar, 2021
IHC dismisses Gilani's petition against Senate chairman's election

The Islamabad High Court has dismissed a petition filed by PPP leader Yousaf Raza Gilani against the election of Sadiq Sanjrani as the Senate chairman, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah declared that Sadiq Sanjrani will remain the Senate chairman as the petition is not maintainable.

In its 13-page written verdict, the IHC Chief Justice dismissed Gilani's petition as not maintainable.

Earlier, the IHC Chief Justice reserved the verdict on the maintainability of the petition challenging the Senate chairman’s election.

The petition was filed by PPP’s Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani against the outcome of the Senate chairman election. 

The former prime minister’s lawyer Farooq H Naek, in his arguments, told the court that his client received 49 votes but seven votes were rejected.

When asked, Naek told the court that they have challenged the Senate election, not its procedure. “Parliament’s business or procedure were not part of the March 12 Senate chairman’s election,” he added.

On the court’s inquiry, it was informed that the Senate chairman can be removed through a no-confidence motion. The court remarked “If Yousaf Raza thinks that he has the support of more members then why does he not table a no-trust move against the chairman.”

Naek responded that the PPP had not yet accepted Sadiq Sanjrani as the Senate chairman.

Sadiq Sanjrani was elected Senate chairman after securing 48 votes on March 12. The PPP leader received 42 votes but seven votes in his favour were rejected during the counting process.

The petition said that Gilani should be declared Senate chairman as seven votes in his favour were rejected illegally. The notification issued on March 12 should be suspended.

Reporter Ihtisham Kiani