ISLAMABAD (9Newshd): The Rehbar Committee of the joint opposition will hold a crucial meeting today (Wednesday) in Islamabad to finalize strategy over the no-confidence motion against Senate chairman Sadiq Sanjrani.
Akram Khan Durani will preside over the meeting which is scheduled to be held at the chamber of Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, opposition leader in the upper house, at 4:00 pm.
According to sources, Rehbar Committee members will be briefed on the progress of contacts with senators belonging to various political parties including coalition partners of the government.
The opposition took the decision to remove the chairman of the upper house at a multi-party conference on June 26. The move is meant to be the first step towards mounting pressure on the PTI-led coalition government.
Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq on Tuesday has convened a meeting of members of the opposition in the Upper House of the parliament in Islamabad.
Reportedly, the meeting mulled over the matter of a no-trust motion against Senate Chairman Mohammad Sadiq Sanjrani.
The parliamentary leader of the Pakistan People’s Party in the Senate Sherry Rehman has claimed that 53 members have attended the meeting – implying that the number is sufficient to remove the Senate chairman [if they practically vote against him in the secret ballot.]
Sources told that joint opposition parties have already obtained the required majority in the Senate to de-seat the senate chairman – as in the 104-member house, from the current 103 members; the support of only 53 senators is required for the Senate chairmanship. The opposition parties collectively have the support of 65 senators.
On July 9, the opposition parties in the Senate submitted a resolution for de-seating Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani by bringing a no-confidence motion against him.
The resolution signed by 38 senators has already been submitted to the secretary of the Senate. Moreover, opposition members have submitted a requisition for convening a session of the Senate.