Sibtain Khan takes oath as PA speaker

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Sibtain Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Saturday took oath as the new Punjab Assembly Speaker in place of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, who was elected the chief minister of the province, following a Supreme Court judgment earlier this week.

The apex court’s ruling had annulled the former deputy speaker’s ruling in favour of Elahi’s rival Hamza Shehbaz of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Senior Member of the Panel of Chairmen Nawabzada Waseem Khan administered the oath to Khan during a provincial assembly session in Lahore.

After assuming responsibility, Sibtain thanked the PTI and PML-Q leadership for their confidence in him.

Khan won 185 votes from the lawmakers from the PTI, the PML-Q and other allies.

His rival PML-N’s Saiful Malook Khokhar obtained 175 votes – three short of the opposition’s total strength of 178 in the provincial legislature.

The treasury benches in the Punjab Assembly also passed the no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari in the wee hours of Saturday, hours after Khan was elevated to Speaker.

 

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