After the barbed wire was used to enclose the Punjab Assembly, the opposition held a meeting in a local hotel, where it elected Hamza Shahbaz as symbolic Punjab Chief Minister (CM) with 199 votes.
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz announced that she would attend the Punjab Assembly to express solidarity with Hamza Shahbaz, after which she checked into a hotel. Hamza Shahbaz, as Chief Minister, received 199 votes in the meeting. Shazia Abid, a member of the chairman panel, presided over the meeting. All of the women members of the PML-N were present.
Maryam Nawaz Sharif became emotional in the meeting and hugged Hamza Shahbaz while congratulating him.
Shazia Abid, one of the panel of chairmen announced by Speaker Pervaiz Elahi on April 3. It presided over the symbolic session.
The provincial assembly has received two no-confidence motions in the last couple of hours. The joint opposition submitted the first one against Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. And the other by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) against its own Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari.
Nonetheless, the opposition’s motion was not accepted by the assembly secretariat. As a candidate for Punjab chief, Speaker Elahi was alleged by the PML-N to have violated assembly rules and influenced PA affairs despite possessing no jurisdiction.
Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari had been accused of no-trust by the PTI for withdrawing the order delaying today’s PA session until April 16.
Insha’Allah, I will attend the Punjab Assembly ijlaas at 7 to support Hamza, who has the majority. “Marium,” she wrote on her official Twitter.
Punjab Assembly‘s spokesperson, however, called holding the symbolic session “illegal.”
A no-trust motion against the deputy speaker means he is not eligible to hold the session,” he added.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said that the Constitution is currently being violated in Pakistan’s largest province following the demise of the National Assembly. He added that the people’s representatives are being locked up and that the Constitution has been trampled on.