Yousuf Raza Gilani, the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), announced on Monday that he had submitted his resignation as the party’s leader in the Senate to his party’s leadership.
Speaking on the floor of the upper house of Parliament, the former prime minister slammed Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani for voting in favor of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Amendment Bill, 2021, which was passed by the lower house of Parliament.
“It happened for the first time in the history of the country that the Senate chairman voted [in favor of the government].” You, not the government, are the custodian of the property. “You should maintain your objectivity,” he continued.
Senator Yousuf Raza Gilani stated that the notice his office received about the Senate session made no reference to the bill that was going to be put on the floor for a vote. He went on to say that releasing the agenda for the session late at night was uncalled for.
According to the PPP leader, “I no longer wish to serve as the party’s leader and have therefore submitted my resignation to the party.”
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Amendment Bill was passed by the Senate on Friday by a razor-thin margin of just one vote. Opposition members expressed their displeasure with the bill when it was presented by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin. Forty-four senators, including the Senate chairman, voted in favor of the bill, while forty-three senators opposed it.