Tolerated ‘fake speaker’ taunts patiently: Ayaz Sadiq


ISLAMABAD : Former speaker of National Assembly (NA) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday has said that he tolerated taunts regarding ‘fake speaker’ with patience.

Addressing the session, Sadiq congratulated new speaker Asad Qaisar. He said that calling members of assembly as thieves hurts everyone.

The PML-N leader further vowed not to use any derogatory word for the speaker that was hurled at him during his tenure.

It is to be mentioned here that PTI’s Asad Qaiser sworn in as the 21st Speaker for the National Assembly amid opposition‘s protest.

Qaiser bagged 176 votes while PPP’s Syed Khurshid Shah received 146 in the secret balloting process. A total of 330 votes were cast among which eight were rejected.

Outgoing speaker Ayaz Sadiq administered oath to new speaker who will supervise the election of the deputy speaker for the Lower House of Parliament.

PTI enjoys support of its allies including Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P), Balochistan National Party-Mengal, Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), Awami Muslim League (AML), Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) and Jamhoori Watan Party.

After allotment of reserved seats for women and minorities by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), PTI’s tally in NA stands at 151. Adding seats of MQM-P, GDA, AML, BAP and BNP-M, the tally soars to 175. Two independent candidates have also assured PTI of their support.

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