Ayaz Sadiq Makes History Elected Speaker for the Second Time
ISLAMABAD: PML-N's Sardar Ayaz Sadiq made history on Monday being elected Speaker for the Lower House once again bagging 268 votes against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) Shafqat Mahmood, who received 31.
Sadiq is the first person in the country's history to have been elected National Assembly (NA) Speaker for the second time during the same government's tenure.
The NA Speaker was deseated by an election tribunal in August which accepted PTI Chairman Imran Khan's petition challenging Sadiq's 2013 election win.
He had defeated Imran Khan during the 2013 polls, and recently reclaimed his seat against PTI's Aleem Khan in the NA-122 by-polls.
The newly-elected Speaker thanked the members of the House for their support in electing him as speaker with a two-thirds majority.
He individually thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for nominating him for the post, and went on to thank other parties including the PPP, MQM, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, PML-F, as well as independent members for deposing their trust in him.
"I am also thankful to all PTI members who voted their conscience and empowered democracy by being a part of this process. This win is not just mine, but that of democracy, the Constitution and the parliament," he said.
"With counsel from parliamentary leaders, we will run the House such that everyone's opinions will be taken into account," the newly-elected Speaker said.
"'Green parliament' was a dream all of us shared and it is still under way. By next month, the National Assembly will be the world's second parliament running on solar power."
Acting speaker Mumtaz Javaid Abbasi has relinquished office of acting speaker after election of new speaker. He would remain as deputy speaker. Under constitution if office of speaker becomes vacant, deputy speaker assumes office as acting speaker, till new speaker is elected.
Meanwhile, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said on Sunday that by participating in Monday’s election, the PTI was accepting results of the NA-122 by-election. In a veiled reference to PTI leaders, Rashid said a peculiar mindset was using abusive language and levelling baseless allegations against their opponents under the garb of opposition. He added that such mindset hindered the process of reconciliation and harmed the country. He urged the political parties to forget their petty issues, and shun the politics of confrontation.
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