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PML-N candidate suffers major defeat in Pak Senate polls

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

The ruling Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) suffered a major setback today when its candidate for chairmanship was defeated by an supported by the opposition parties.

Polling to elect the new and his deputy was held in the parliament building.

Presiding announced the result of contest for after all senators had cast their vote.

got 57 votes against (of PML-N) and has been elected as chairman, said Nasar.

Sanjrani from province was supported by the Joint Opposition, including Peoples Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement-(MQM-P), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and independents from and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Nasar also administered oath to Sanjrani who immediately took the seat and announced to conduct the elections of deputy

The process to elect the was going on. Tough competition is expected between of PPP, who is supported by opposition and of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party's (PkMAP), an ally of the ruling party.

Earlier, 51 newly elected senators took oath to become member of the

Only former was not present to take the oath as he was away in due to poor health.

today scripted history when she was sworn-in as Pakistan's first-ever Hindu Her arrival was a spectacle as she reached the parliament house with her family in traditional Thari dress, a trademark of district of province.

She told the media that she would work to improve the and water shortage issues along with efforts to resolve problems faced by the women of Tharparkar.

The strength of the house reduced to 103 from 104 due to absence of PML-N senator-elect Ishaq Dar, who is in for medical treatment. Hence, winner needs 52 votes.

Initial surveys, and announcement by the PML-N leaders suggested that Haq will win by thin margin but in the end he lost by a big margin.

The political parties were scrambling till last minute to get the upper hand through election of chairman.

The ruling PML-N and allies after final consultation in the morning nominated veteran from Rawalpindi, Raja Zafarul Haq, as chairman and from as deputy chairman, according PML-N

Earlier, PPP chairman announced to support independent Sadiq Sanjrai, while fielding Mandiviwalla as

Earlier, Presiding said the election for would take be held at 4pm in the parliament house.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 19:50 IST