SIALKOT: A group of twenty-three Sikh Yatrees, led by Navneet Kaur from USA, visited Gurdwara Babey Di Beri here today.
During their two-day visit to the city. Sikh Yatrees performed their rituals. Struck by nostalgia they recalled their pre-partition memories. Yatrees exchanged gifts with local people and distributed edibles. Later, Yatrees also visited the Gurudawara Kartarpur-Shakargarh and performed various rituals.
Pervaiz Elahi, Dost Mazari elected as PA Speaker, Deputy Speaker
LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Q’s Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Dost Muhammad Mazari were elected as Punjab Assembly Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively on Thursday.
For Speaker slot, out of total 349 votes cast by the members, Pervaiz Elahi obtained 201 votes, while his rival, PML-N’s nominee Chaudhry Iqbal Gujjar, could get 147 votes. One vote was rejected.
The outgoing speaker, Rana Muhammad Iqbal, administered the oath to the new Speaker and felicitated him on his success.
After getting elected, Pervaiz Elahi expressed his gratitude to the members who voted for him and especially PTI Chairman Imran Khan for his support and vowed to work for the betterment of the province and Pakistan as well.
Meanwhile, PTI nominated Dost Muhammad Mazari was elected as Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly. He got 187 votes while PML-N’s candidate Malik Muhammad Waris Kallu got 159 votes.
Amid opposition disarray, Pakistan Peoples Party abstained from the voting process for the post of speaker and deputy speaker.
Prominent political figure Chaudhry Nisar did not cast his vote for both the offices.
According to Secretary Punjab Assembly, the election for the office of chief minister Punjab would be held on August 19 in the assembly chamber.
A relevant piece: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi Thursday said the process of formation of PTI governments in center and provinces was continuing as PTI candidate Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi had been elected Speaker of Punjab Assembly with thumping majority.
He said out of the total 349 votes, Pervaiz Elahi secured 201 votes, while his rival, PML-N’s candidate Chaudhry Iqbal Gujjar obtained 147 votes.
Qureshi said he had felicitated Pervaiz Elahi on his victory. He said the PTI had formed its government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as its chief minister, speaker and deputy speaker had been elected with visible majority.
The PTI’s candidates for speaker and deputy speaker Balochistan Assembly had also been elected, he added. To a question, Qureshi informed that final decision about the name of chief minister Punjab would be declared in a day or so.
He said the PTI leadership would nominate such a person for the position of Punjab chief minister who had a good profile with corruption less background.
To another question, he claimed that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s differences with Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) had further increased as the PPP had not cast vote to the PML-N’s nominated candidate for the speaker in Punjab Assembly.
Punjab: 358 newly-elected MPAs take oath!
LAHORE: As many as 358 newly-elected members sworn in during a maiden session of 17th Punjab Assembly here today.
Outgoing speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal administered the oath. Prominent among others who took oath include: Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Aleem Khan, Hamza Shehbaz, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Mian Mehmoodur Rashid, Shujaur Rehman, Ayesha Chaudhry, Chaudhry Zaheerud Din, Bilal Yasin, Nadeem Kamran, Irfan Doltana, Murad Ras, Dr Mukhtar Bharat, Hina Pervaiz Butt, Bushra Anjum Butt and Sania Ashiq.
The outgoing speaker felicitated the newly-elected members. Earlier, the first session of new assembly started at10.46 am behind its scheduled time with recitation from the Holy Quran and Naat-e-Rasool-e-Maqbool (SAWW). The members signed the roll of members in the register constituency-wise.
The outgoing speaker read out the procedure for election of speaker and deputy speaker of the Punjab Assembly to be held on Thursday (August 16) at 10:30 am. The election will be through secret balloting.
The nomination papers for the slots were filed in the Punjab Assembly Secretariat. The PTI nominated Chaudhry Pervez Elahi as a speaker and Dost Muhammad Mazari as deputy speaker while PML-N nominated Chaudhry Iqbal Gujjar and Rana Ayyaz as a speaker and deputy speaker, respectively.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the majority party in Punjab Assembly has nominated Hamza Shehbaz Sharif for the slot of Punjab chief minister. Its rival, the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, yet to name its candidate for the position.
PML-N leads with 127 seats in the assembly, while PTI is a close second with 122 seats, as per the ECP’s results of 294 out of 295 total seats.
Interim Chief Minister Punjab Dr. Hassan Askari and his cabinet members attended the session and welcomed the newly- elected MPAs.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Assembly staff welcomed the newly-elected members of the assembly with bouquets on their arrival to attend the maiden session of the 17th assembly.
The PA administration had also set up help desks for the members where each member issued his assembly card before joining the oath-taking session.
Prominent leader Chaudhry Nisar did not attend the session. Strict security arrangements were made to avert any untoward incident.
On completion of day’s agenda, the Chair adjourned the session till next morning on Thursday at 10:30 am.
Malik Rafique Rajwana resigns from the office of Governor Punjab
LAHORE: Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana Wednesday announced to resign from the office.
Talking to media at the Lahore High Court Bar,Rajwana said he sent his resignation to President Mamnoon Hussain. He said that the party (PML-N) leadership entrusted him the responsibility which he tried to fulfill to the best of his abilities.
“Bar is my home and I have returned to it.I started my career with a black coat.Today I will wear it again”, he added.It is pertinent to mention here that Rafique Rajwana served as Governor for more than three years. He was appointed to the post in May 2015.