Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla has denied saying that efforts were underway to remove Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani from office, a private media outlet reported Saturday.
During a press conference at his official residence, Mandviwalla on Friday had said a no-trust motion against the incumbent Senate chairman would be brought if opposition parties decided to do so.
Referring to the recent meetings of former president Asif Ali Zardari with Fazlur Rahman and Mir Hasil Bizenjo, he had said that Sanjrani would be removed if the opposition parties, including the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), National Party and Jamiat Ulemae Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), took a collective decision.
Distancing himself from the remarks he had made earlier, the Senate deputy chairman on Saturday said the statement regarding efforts to remove Sanjrani was wrong.
“The statement regarding the [ouster] of Senate chairman is incorrect,” he said in an official statement and added that he had never said it.
Mandviwalla further said that the decision to remove the Senate chairman was to be taken by political parties, adding that the earlier statement associated with him “was based on a misunderstanding”.