ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday declared Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani eligible to assume position of acting president in absence of the president of Pakistan.
Reportedly, Justice Amir Farooq announced the reserved judgment on a petition – challenging eligibility of the chairman of the senate – that contended Sanjrani ineligible to assume office of the acting president under Article 49 of the Constitution.
The petition maintained that the minimum age of the president is 45 years under the Law, but the incumbent chairman of the senate is underage.
The petition was filed on June 21, 2018, and the IHC reserved its verdict on February 14, 2019.
Backed by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and other parties, Sanjrani was elected as Senate chairman on March 13, 2018 through secret balloting by securing 57 votes against the then ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) candidate Raja Zafarul Haq, who managed to bag 46 votes only.
Born on April 14, 1978, 40-year-old Sadiq Sanjrani is youngest-ever head of Pakistan s upper house of the parliament.