ISLAMABAD: Opposition candidate Saleem Mandiwala win the slot of deputy Chairman Senate with 54 votes while PML N candidate Usman Kakar got 44 votes.
Opposition candidate Sadiq Sanjrani secured 57 votes while PMLN candidate Raja Zafarulhuq has secured 46 votes.
Earlier on Monday, 51 newly-elected Senators took oath by presiding officer Senator Sardar Yaqub Khan when the Senate <link>session began a little after 10am. Ishaq Dar could not take oath as he is in London on medical grounds.
The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and its allies National Party (NP), Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), PML-Functional and Awami National Party agreed on PML-N's Raja Zafarul Haq as chairman and PkMAP's Usman Kakar as deputy chairman.
On the other hand, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rallied behind Sadiq Sanjrani, an independent senator from Balochistan, for chairman.