Pakistan

PPP’s Awais Qadir Shah elected as Sindh Assembly speaker, Anthony Naveed deputy speaker

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) MPA Awais Qadir Shah was sworn in as the speaker of the Sindh Assembly on Sunday while Anthony Naveed became the deputy speaker of the provincial assembly after a majority of the lawmakers voted for them.

Qadir Shah won the post after securing 111 votes while his opponent, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) Sofia Saeed, could only bag 36 votes.

Following his election, new Speaker Qadir Shah was administered an oath by outgoing speaker Agha Siraj Durrani.

Meanwhile, Naveed secured 111 votes against MQM-P’s Rashid Khan, who could only manage to get 36 votes. Naveed was then sworn in as the deputy speaker in an oath-taking administered by Qadir Shah.

Today’s session began with a brief delay after which some members of the provincial assembly took oath.

However, members of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) boycotted the election of a new speaker and deputy by abstaining from casting their votes.

Ahead of the voting for the speaker, outgoing speaker Durrani briefed the members about the polling process.

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