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Punjab MPAs take oath; Maryam Nawaz enters parliamentary politics

Update : 23 Feb 2024, 18:13

Pakistan outgoing Speaker Sibtain Khan administered oath to the newly-elected members of the Punjab Assembly on Friday, marking the beginning of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief minister nominee Maryam Nawaz's parliamentary politics.

The provincial assembly session, presided over by Sibtain, began after a delay of more than two hours on Friday.

The secretary of the assembly said that the speaker and deputy speaker will be elected tomorrow (Saturday) through secret balloting. "Nomination papers for speaker and deputy speaker will be collected and scrutinised today," he added. 

This was the maiden provincial assembly session after the February 8 general elections, wherein the newly-elected members were sworn-in.

The session was attended by 313 lawmakers out of which 215 belonged to the PML-N and its allied parties while 98 members of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) also took oath.

At the outset of the delayed session, members of the PML-N, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates, and SIC chanted slogans against each other and exchanged heated words.

PTI-backed candidate Imtiaz Sheikh reached the assembly hiding in a vehicle with black-tinted glasses. He laid low in the vehicle’s rear seat.

During the session, the SIC said their members were not being allowed to enter the assembly. SIC members tried talking to the assembly speaker, however, they were told that they would be heard once they took an oath.

"The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has not yet [issued a list] of reserved seats," said Speaker Sibtain. PML-N leader Azma Bokhari said that none of the members can speak unless they take an oath. Geo News 

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