ISLAMABAD/Web Desk: The 15th National Assembly resumed session today under the chairmanship of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq to elect its speaker and deputy speaker.
The elections for the positions are being held through secret ballot.
The same practice of balloting is being carried out in Provincial assemblies of the country.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Qaiser was elected as the speaker of the third consecutive democratic National Assembly of Pakistan on Wednesday. He was contesting against former opposition leader Khursheed Shah from the Pakistan Peoples Party.
Qaiser received 176 votes to be elected to the speakership, whereas Shah got 146 votes. A total of 330 votes were cast, out of which 322 were accepted and eight were rejected.
The new speakers oath was supervised and undertaken by the outgoing speaker of the previous tenure, Ayaz Sadiq.
Asad Qaiser, who previously served as speaker for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, won NA-18 Swabi I and PK-44 Swabi 2 constituencies on the PTI’s ticket during the July 25 general election.
Qaiser belongs to the Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and graduated from the University of Peshawar before moving on to a career in education. He joined the PTI in 1996, prior to which he was a member of the Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing. In the PTI, he served as district president of Swabi and provincial president of the party.
The deputy speaker was also chosen from PTI, Qasim Khan Suri Suri garnered 183 votes and edged out Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) and the joint opposition’s candidate Maulana Asad Mehmood, who received 144 votes.
After taking oath, Suri thanked his voters and vowed to work for the betterment of Balochistan, from where he hails. “I thank every member of the parliament who voted for me,” he said. “I also thank Asad Mehmood.
“The PTI will pay special care to Balochistan. I have entered the parliament with this hope. Under Imran Khan’s leadership we will turn Quetta into little Paris.”
Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani of Pakistan Tehreek E Insaaf is elected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly speaker on Wednesday.
Ghani secured 81 votes as he contested for the slot against Laiq Muhammad Khan of Awami National Party (ANP).
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had nominated Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani for speaker and Mehmood Jan for the slot of deputy speaker.
Jamshed Mohmand of PML-N was nominated as deputy speaker by the joint opposition.
Meanwhile, voting is under way for speaker and deputy speaker of the Sindh and Balochistan assemblies.
A secret ballot is also being held for National Assembly speaker and deputy speaker.
Pakistan Peoples Party’s Agha Siraj Durrani retained his post as Sindh Assembly speaker.
The election for the Sindh Assembly speaker was held on Wednesday with Durrani being re-elected after receiving 96 votes. He was contesting against MQM-Ps Javed Hanif who received 59 votes.
The PPP had submitted nomination papers for Durrani as the speaker and Rehana Leghari as the deputy speaker in the provincial assembly.
The elections for the two posts were held through secret balloting by 165 elected members of the 168-member house.