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Eligibility of New Chairman Senate Challenged in SC

The eligibility of newly-elected Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani has been challenged in the Supreme Court for being too young for becoming acting President.
According to Article 41 of the constitution, the Chairman Senate becomes the acting President during elections and the required age for the President is minimum 45 years whereas Sadiq Sanjrani is 40 years old.
The application adopts that Sadiq Sanjrani becoming acting president would create a constitutional crisis, therefore he may be barred from assuming charge of the acting president.
Last week, independent candidate from Balochistan, backed by joint opposition Sadiq Sanjrani won Senate election for chairmanship with as many as 57 votes against Raja Zafar-ul-Haq’s 46.
The Chairman Senate was born in 1978 on April 14 in Nok Kundi area of the province. He began his political career in 1998 by serving as coordinator of the then premier, former head of PML-N Nawaz Sharif in Balochistan until coup in 1999.
He served as the head of complaint cell in Prime Minister Secretariat during tenure of PPP s Yousaf Raza Gilani that began in 2008. He also served as special assistant to former chief minister of Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri until he tendered his resignation.
He also served as director of board of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal as well.
Sanjrani was elected to the Senate in 2018 as an independent candidate from Balochistan province.