SIC boycotts Punjab Assembly session as voting begins to elect chief minister


LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly session to elect the chief minister witnesses an uproar on Monday as members of the opposition Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) boycotted the proceedings.

The session, which began at 11:30 am, was being presided over by newly-elected Punjab Assembly Speaker Malik Ahmad Khan.

At the start of the session, Speaker Khan said only elections will be held for the chief minster and no lawmaker was allowed to speak in today’s session.

As the SIC MPAs walked out, the speaker formed a committee, comprising  Khawaja Salman Rafique, Salman Nazeer, Samiullah and Khalil Tahir Sindhu, to convince the legislators to return to the Assembly.

PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif is the party s candidate for the chief minister slot against Rana Aftab Ahmed of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) whereas in Sindh PPP s Murad Ali Shah will face off Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) candidate Ali Khurshidi.

PTI – at the eleventh hour – named Rana Aftab Ahmed Khan as its new candidate for the post following the provincial police s attempt to arrest its earlier nominee, Mian Aslam Iqbal.

Numbers game

It s noteworthy that the PML-N has a substantial number of candidates, adding to the competitive nature of the election. The oath-taking ceremony occurred on Friday, with 321 out of 371 members of the Punjab Assembly taking their oaths.

Read More: Punjab Assembly: New MPAs take oath in maiden session

Since PML-N and its allies have a clear majority in the House there are no obstacles for Maryam Nawaz to secure the top position.

A day earlier, PML-N clinched victory in the Punjab Assembly speaker and deputy speaker elections in the house numerically dominated by the party.

PML-N s leader Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan was elected as PA Speaker, amassing a commanding 224 votes out of the total 327 cast in the house.

At the same time, Malik Zaheer Ahmed Channer, the PML-N candidate for the deputy speaker position, emerged victorious against Mohammad Moinuddin from the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), garnering 220 votes.

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