Baloch senator elected panel chairman

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ISLAMABAD:

PML N has awarded the chairmanship of Senate panel to Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldeni of Balochistan National Party (BNP Mengal) in the Parliament’s Upper House.

BNP-M has been a coalition partner of PML-N government in the past. The government gave preference to a former ally, despite PML-N Senator Saleem Zia’s earlier election as chairman of the committee.

Senator Zia stepped down as head of the panel as well as member of the committee. Chairmanship of Senate committees is awarded to political parties in accordance with the number of their seats in the 104-member house. At least three seats can secure one chairmanship of the panel. Premier Sharif is known for his partiality towards Balochistan.