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Ruckus in Punjab Assembly as session begins to elect speaker, deputy speaker

Ruckus in Punjab Assembly as session begins to elect speaker, deputy speaker

LAHORE Pandemonium broke out as the second session of Punjab Assembly commenced on Thursday during which newly-elected MPAs will elect speaker and deputy speaker of the House through secret balloting.

The session is being chaired by outgoing speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal. Two more MPAs-elect, Malik Muhammad Waheed and Muhammad Khan Leghari, were administered oath taking the total number of members to 355. However; four MPAs are still to be sworn in.

The speaker showed the balloting place to the members and switched off the CCTV cameras installed there.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) expressed grave concerns over the polling process. Khawaja Saad Rafique maintained that fool-proof arrangements have not been made.

The members of the assembly created a ruckus while chanting slogans against each other. As the speaker failed to maintain order in the House, he read out the election order in the persisting situation.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has nominated Chaudhry Parvez Elahi as the coalition’s candidate for post of Speaker Punjab Assembly and Dost Muhammad Mazari as Deputy Speaker.

PML-N has fielded Chaudhry Iqbal Gujjar for post of Speaker and Muhammad Waaris Kallu for Deputy Speaker.

At least 358 newly-elected members of 17th Punjab Assembly were administered oath on Wednesday by outgoing speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal.

Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) has decided to stay away from the election. Sources told that PPP will neither vote for PTI candidate nor for PML-N’s.

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