Wasik Abbasi of PTI was on Saturday elected in new deputy speaker of The Punjab Assembly (PA) ran unopposed after opposition parties boycotted the elections.
office of deputy speaker became vacant after Abbasi’s predecessor, Dost Muhammad Mazari, was removed from post through no-confidence movement yesterday.
PTI leader emerged victorious after his rival and PPP MPA Ali Haider Gilani refused to submit his nomination papers. Deadline to hand over in documents were at 17.00.
Conversation with journalists in his office assembly secretary Inayatullah Lak said they were waiting for opposition candidate until 17:15, but he did not show up.
He also read out Rule 9 of regulations of Procedure of provincial assembly of Punjab, 1997, which states: “Any time before 17:00 on day before day on elections must be held, a member may propose another member for election as speaker by submitting a document of nomination to the secretary 2 [set out in Part A & C of First Schedule] signed by him and accompanied by a declaration by the member whose name is proposed that he is willing to act as Speaker if elected”.
Therefore, Lak said that according to rules Abbasi was elected in new deputy speaker.
In a statement after the victory, Abbasi thanked party main. “These elections are not mine, but for storytelling created by Imran Khan in in public”.
“We have chosen legal way and defeated them despite all the cruelty and pressure tactics they used it added.
Meanwhile, later in a press conference, PPP’s Gilani stated that he had lost confidence in house. “The PTI MPAs themselves do not trust their party more.
“Under these conditions, we have decided not to participate in elections of Vice Speaker, he said. added.
Separately, PML-N leader Saiful Maluk Hokar said that his party boycotted the elections because of “The Hooliganism of Gujrat”.
His statements were a reference to the election of the speaker of the PA, held on Friday. In the elections that took place after former Speaker Parvez Elahi was declared head of the Punjab minister in together-drawn-out battle against Hamza Shehbaz of PML-N – Sibtein Khan of PTI won with 185 votes of in total 364, while PML-N’s Hokar managed to get 175.
However, opposition benches argued that of filthy play in elections and objections raised over ballot papers.
Khokhar subsequently petitioned in The Lahore High Court said today that the “disputed” election of Speaker of the Punjab Assembly was held in violation of Article 226 of constitution as votes was not thrown through secret vote.
He also demanded that the elections should be declared invalid and void. Then, outside court, PML-N leaders Atta Tarar and Rana Mashhood called on the LAC fix petition for pre-election hearing of deputy speaker.