Web Desk – (Syed Ahad Hussain)
ISLAMABAD: The opposition in the Senate on Friday restated their resolve to remove Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjhrani from his post and once again declared that the change was ‘inevitable’.
Opposition’s joint candidate for Senate chairman, Mir Hasil Bizenjo, talking to media after a meeting of opposition leaders on Friday said that a letter has been submitted to the Senate secretariat.
Bizenjo said, “in the letter, it has been clearly stated that the Constitution allows for a no-confidence motion to be brought against the Senate chairman. And if the motion is accepted through a majority, the chairman has to step down.”
Maintaining that the opposition has the numbers, Bizenjo pointed out that the meeting of the opposition yesterday had included more than 50 senators. The next meeting, to be held on Monday, will have more than 60 senators, he asserted.
Bizenjo affirmed, “if any attempt to delay the motion is made, it will be a violation of the Constitution. It is important that a session is called immediately and voting should take place.”
The letter sent to the Senate secretariat also challenged Sanjhrani’s claim — made in an earlier letter sent to the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) parliamentary leader in Senate Sherry Rehman — that a no-confidence motion could not be moved in a requisitioned session.
The Constitution does not, in any way, forbid the use of a requisition motion to bring up a no-confidence motion during a Senate session, the opposition argued in response.