Raja Pervez Ashraf elected NA speaker unopposed

ISLAMABAD: Raja Pervez Ashraf was elected unopposed as the speaker of the National Assembly Saturday, with PTI Leader Qasim Suri resigning from the office of the deputy speaker, hours before a no-confidence was scheduled to be table against him.

The NA speaker’s office fell vacant on April 9 when PTI’s Asad Qaiser resigned, stating that he cannot hold voting on the no-confidence against the then-prime minister Imran Khan, which he said was a part of “foreign conspirancy” against the PTI government.

PPP’s Ashraf took oath as the 22nd NA speaker shortly after being elected unopposed as no other members submitted nomination papers.

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In response to Suri’s resignation, PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq, who chaired today’s session, said there’s no need for voting on the motion.

He stated that the courts have specified the resignation process according to which it is to be presented to the speaker in presence of witnesses.

Congratulating the newly-elected speaker, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, while speaking on the floor of the NA, hoped that Ashraf would bury what took place in the assembly in the last four years.

“You are an experienced politician. I congratulate you from the depth of my heart. You have also served the country as the prime minister, the prime minister said.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari extended his congratulated to Raja Pervez Ashraf on becoming the 22nd speaker of the lower house.

Refering to the recent political turmoil in the country, Bilawal, while speaking on the floor of the house, said that the mockery was made out of constitution and the house during the last few days. Pakistan’s image was maligned, he added.

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“The selected prime minister, who was imposed on the house, has been removed. We are a coalition governmnet now,” he said, addind that the change brought a ray of hope for the people. Addressing Shehbaz Sharif, the PPP leader said: “Mr. prime minister all the institutions and the nation are looking towards you.”

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