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The current Chairman (presiding officer) of the Senate of Pakistan is Farooq Naek since 12 March, 2009.

The first Chairman of the Senate was Justice Khan Habibullah Khan.

Purpose and role

The main purpose for the creation of the Senate of Pakistan was to give equal representation to all the federating units since the membership of the National Assembly was based on the population of each province. Equal provincial membership in the Senate, thus, balances the provincial inequality in the National Assembly and dispels doubts and apprehension, if any, regarding deprivation and exploitation.

The role of the Senate is to promote national cohesion and harmony and to alleviate fears of the smaller provinces regarding domination by any one province because of its majority, in the National Assembly.

The Senate is a body that represents the provinces and territories of the country and promotes a feeling of equality, peace and good understanding between them, which is so essential for the growth and prosperity of a nation. Thus, the Senate in Pakistan, over the years, has emerged as an essential organ and a stabilizing factor of the federation.

Relationship between Constituents of the Parliament

a) President and Parliament: Under Article 50 of the Constitution, the Majlis-i-Shoora (Parliament) of Pakistan consists of the President and two Houses to be known respectively as the National Assembly and the Senate.

The President is elected by members of both Houses of the Parliament and the Provincial Assemblies. The President may be removed from office or impeached through a resolution, passed by not less than two-thirds of the total membership of the Parliament in a joint sitting of the two Houses, convened for the purpose.

The Constitution empowers the President to dissolve the National Assembly in his discretion if a situation has arisen in which the Government of the Federation cannot be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and an appeal to the electorate is necessary. However, the Senate is not subject to dissolution.

In case the office of the President becomes vacant for any reason, the Chairman, or if he is unable to perform the functions of the office of the President, the Speaker, acts as President till such time that a President is elected. Same is the case when the President by reason of absence from Pakistan or any other cause is unable to perform his functions.

b) Relations between the Houses: Unless both the Houses pass a Bill and it receives President's assent it cannot become a law except in the case of a money bill which is the sole prerogative of the National Assembly. Under the Legal Framework Order, 2002, the role of a Mediation Committee, comprising eight members from each House, has been introduced for the first time to evolve consensus on Bills, in case there is a disagreement between the two Houses.

c) Cabinet: The Constitution provides that there shall be a Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister which is collectively responsible to the National Assembly. The Prime Minister is chosen from the National Assembly.

The Federal Ministers and Ministers of State are appointed from amongst the members of Parliament. However, the number of Federal Ministers and Ministers of State who are members of Senate, shall not at any time, exceed one fourth of the numbers of Federal Ministers.

List

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      IJI/Muslim League (N)

      Muslim League (Q)

      Pakistan Peoples Party

Name Entered office Left office Date of Birth and Death Political party Provinces
1 Habibullah Khan 6 August 1973 5 August 1975 5 December 1978(1978-12-05) (aged 77) Pakistan Peoples Party Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
6 August 1975 4 July 1977
2 Ghulam Ishaq Khan 21 March 1985 20 March 1988 27 October 2006(2006-10-27) (aged 91) Independent Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
21 March 1988 12 December 1988
3 Wasim Sajjad 24 December 1988 20 March 1991 (1941-03-30) 30 March 1941 (age 80) Pakistan Muslim League (N) Punjab
21 March 1991 20 March 1994
21 March 1994 20 March 1997
21 March 1997 12 October 1999
4 Mohamad Mian Soomro 23 March 2003 22 March 2006 (1950-08-19) 19 August 1950 (age 70) Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Sindh
23 March 2006 11 March 2009
5 Farooq Naek 12 March 2009 11 March 2012 (1950-01-03) 3 January 1950 (age 71) Pakistan Peoples Party Sindh
6 Nayyar Bukhari 12 March 2012 11 March 2015 (1952-12-23) 23 December 1952 (age 68) Pakistan Peoples Party Sindh
7 Raza Rabbani 12 March 2015 11 March 2018 (1952-07-23) 23 July 1952 (age 68) Pakistan Peoples Party Sindh
8 Mir Sadiq Sanjrani 12 March 2018 (1978-04-14) 14 April 1978 (age 43) Independent Balochistan