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In rare revolt, Abro voted out as Senate body chief

No-confidence motion was brought forth by coalition of senators including Bahramand Khan Tangi, Manzoor Kakar, others

By Our Correspondent
November 29, 2023
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Senator Saifullah Abro. — The Senate of Pakistan website
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Senator Saifullah Abro. — The Senate of Pakistan website

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Senator Saifullah Abro, formerly chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Power, was ousted from his role on Tuesday following a motion of no-confidence.

The void left by Abro’s removal was swiftly filled by PMLN Senator Azam Nazir Tarar who assumed the position of chairman. Abro, who had been chairman of the committee, faced the motion submitted under the prescribed Senate rules. The motion garnered unanimous support, effectively leading to the removal of Senator Abro from his influential role. This development points to a notable shift in the dynamics of Senate standing committees, especially considering the infrequency with which motions of no-confidence are invoked.

The no-confidence motion was brought forth by a coalition of senators including Bahramand Khan Tangi, Manzoor Kakar, Sana Jamali, Hafiz Abdul Karim and Dilawar Khan. The meeting, convened at the Parliament House and chaired by Additional Secretary Hafeezullah Sheikh, served as the stage for this significant political development. The proceedings not only resulted in the removal of Senator Abro but also witnessed the unanimous election of Senator Tarar as chairman of the committee.

Among the attendees at this consequential meeting were Senators Azam Nazir Tarar, Saifullah Abro, Saifullah Khan Niazi, Haji Hidayatullah, Manzoor Ahmed Kakar, Sana Jamali, Dilawar Khan, Haji Hidayatullah, Muhammad Ali Shah Jamot and Fida Muhammad. Their presence not only signifies the gravity of the situation but also highlights the collective commitment to upholding Senate functions and responsibilities. This leadership transition marks a pivotal moment in the committee’s trajectory, promising a renewed focus on addressing crucial energy-related matters in the country.