TOBA TEK SINGH - Senator M Hamza is also among 51 Senators who will retire from Senate on March 11.

He is also the member of Senate's five standing committees including National Food Security and Research Committee, National Health Services Regulation and Coordination Committee, Privatisation and Statistics Committee, Energy Committee and Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Committee.

Political observers are of the view that there was no chance of awarding a party ticket by PML-N to Hamza to again return as Senator. They say that name of Hamza had been excluded in PML-N's new Central Working Committee (CWC) and he had been replaced by Minister for Communication Junaid Anwaar.

He is now at 88 and was termed th eoldest one among all present Senate members. Hamza is known a seasoned politician who was once elected as West Pakistan Assembly member from Toba Tek Singh while he twice won MNA seat from Gojra in his political career.

He was one of a few West Pakistan Assembly members who were very much vocal against military dictator Gen Ayub Khan on assembly floor. He as MNA remained critic of prime minister Nawaz Sharif in his second tenure but when Pervaiz Musharraf removed Nawaz Sharif, Hamza stood by him in his bad days.

He was awarded Senate ticket in 2012 by Nawaz Sharif although he had not applied to the party for it. In 2013 general elections, he was a Senator so his son Osama Hamza demanded the PML-N ticket on his father's constituency from where Hamza had faced consecutive defeat in 2002 and 2008 general elections.