PTI submits no-confidence decision in opposition to Senate deputy chairman

Senators of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and its allies on Friday submitted a no-confidence decision within the Senate secretariat in opposition to Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla.

The decision is backed by not less than 26 senators, PTI Senator Shibli Faraz advised reporters. The senators have demanded Mandviwalla’s elimination below Rule 12 (Elimination of Chairman or Deputy Chairman) of the Guidelines of Process in Conduct of Enterprise within the Senate and Article 61, learn together with Article 53(7)(c).

The transfer comes three days after senators of the opposition events submitted a no-confidence decision in opposition to Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani together with a requisition to convene the Higher Home for a session the place a movement of no-confidence might be initiated.

Speaking to reporters right this moment, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak stated that following the opposition’s step to take away Sanjrani, members of presidency had a gathering with the prime minister.

“Our stance is that when they didn’t honour our votes [that were cast in favour of Sanjrani] and withdrew their assist for the Senate chairman, we’ll withdraw our assist for the deputy chairman,” he stated.

He stated that Sanjrani had run the Higher Home “with dignity” for the previous one and a half yr and there was “no cause to take away him”.

Khattak additionally denied allegations of horse buying and selling, saying that “15-20 members within the Senate are utterly unbiased”.

‘Unusual custom’

Reacting to the no-confidence decision in opposition to him, Senate Deputy Chairman Mandviwalla stated: “If members of the Senate assume I mustn’t stay in workplace, I’ll step down fortunately.”

He added that some senators had advised him that they had been “advised to signal the decision”.

“This has by no means occurred within the Senate earlier than; it is a unusual custom that isn’t good for the Senate,” he remarked.