Pakistan People’s Partys Senator Sherry Rehman has become the first female opposition leader in the upper house of parliament.
Senator Rehman was nominated by PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for the post against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s candidate Azam Swati. The PTI nominee, however, could not get a decisive support in the 104-member House.
Rehman submitted her nomination to Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. Her nomination was supported by 33 senators of opposition parties including members from the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas, independents from Balochistan, the Awami National Party and the Balochistan National Party-Mengal.
Senator Rehman said she had a challenging act to “follow after the brilliant Aitzaz Ahsan and appreciate the confidence reposed in me by my party leadership and colleagues in opposition”.
Senator Rehman, who is also PPP’s vice-president, also received a book – Federal Laws of Pakistan – as a gift from former Senate chairman Mian Raza Rabbani. “(Raza Rabbani is) always a source of wisdom and insight,” she commented.
She Tweeted: “Thank you to all the parties and senators who supported our opposition leadership in the Senate. We just demonstrated a clear majority of our signed numbers to the Senate Chairman. You need 27 in an opposition bench of 54. We declared 33”.
Thank you to all the parties and senators who supported our opposition leadership in the Senate today. We just demonstrated a clear majority of our signed numbers to the Senate Chairman. U need 27 in an Opposition bench of 54. We declared 33.
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) March 15, 2018