Voting for the post of Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province will take place on Saturday (April 18th). On this occasion, the session of the provincial parliament started at 11:30 am local time. But a tussle broke out between the newly-elected PML-N lawmakers and the lawmakers of Imran Khan’s Pakistan People’s Party (PTI). Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari was shot.
It is learned that the commotion started after the lawmakers of both the parties attended the session. Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari came under fire from PTI lawmakers. At one point they started dragging him. He quickly left the speaker’s seat. He was supposed to conduct the vote in the provincial parliament.
Hamza Shahbaz and Chowdhury Parvez Elahi of PML-Q, backed by Pakistan People’s Party (PTI), have been nominated for the post of Punjab Chief Minister. The Punjab elections are being held under the direction of the Lahore High Court.
Last Wednesday, the Lahore High Court dismissed the petition filed by Hamza regarding the election and reinstated the deputy speaker. At the same time, he gave instructions for the April 16 vote.
Punjab Governor Chowdhury Sarwar was recently removed from his post ahead of a no-confidence vote in the country’s parliament against former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Earlier, Usman Bujdar submitted his resignation letter to Chowdhury Muhammad Sarwar and the post of Chief Minister became vacant.
The four provinces of Pakistan are Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh. The most important of these is Punjab. To become the Chief Minister of Punjab, 16 out of 361 votes are required. Where PTI has 173 legislators. The PML-Q has 10 lawmakers, the PML-N has 16 and the PPP has six lawmakers.