Outgoing Speaker of Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmad Khuhro administered oath to the members of the assembly in Urdu, Sindhi and English separately and 155 members of the Sindh assembly took oath.
Earlier, Speaker Nisar Ahmad Khuhro greeting newly members in the assembly said that all of you have come here with the votes of the people and confidence reposed in you and hoped that the members would try meeting the expectations of the people.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has nominated Syed Qaim Ali Shah for Leader of the House, Agha Siraj Durrani for Speaker and Shehla Raza for Deputy Speaker.
PPP has 86 members in the newly elected assembly, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) 48, Muslim League-Functional (ML-F) 10, Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) 7, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) 4, National People’s Party (NPP) 2, while Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) 1
Meanwhile, there occurred disruption in the galleries of the guests on this the outgoing Speaker Nisar Ahmad Khuhro, on several times, asked the guests sitting in the galleries to remain silent.
Meanwhile, during the first session of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly around 121 members provincial assembly (MPAs) were sworn to fulfill their pledges to the people and the country in Peshawar.
Newly elected MPAs took oath in a session chaired by outgoing Speaker Provincial Assembly Karamatullah Chugharmati.
The outgoing speakers Karamatullah Khan congratulated the newly elected MPAs on this occasion and expressed optimism that they would work day and night for progress and development of the province besides addressing problems of the people
He said that energy crisis had crippled the country’s economy, adding that he was hopeful the mantra for change would be realized and the province be rid of woes.
He said it is very auspicious occasion that an elected government successfully completed its five year tenure and now power is being transferred to newly elected government. This smooth transition of government will strengthen and nourish democratic process in the country.
He said great expectation have been attached by people from the newly elected parliamentarian to address their problems and are hoping for a positive change in society and system.
The future government has to focus on tacking the menace of corruption, lawlessness, electricity load shedding, illiteracy and poverty for which the new government has to work hard and adopt a holistic approach, he said.
According to details, out of the 124 members, 121 members took oath wherein 55 members were affiliated to Pakistan Tahrik-e-Insaf (PTI), 17 each to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), five each to Awami National Party (ANP) and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad, eight to Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), 10 to Qaumi Jamhoori Ittehad (QJI), whereas two independent candidates also took oath. PML-F elected MPA Akram Khan Durrani and former CM KPK Amir Haider Hoti did not take oath as both have been elected as MNAs.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Sardar Hussain Babak of ANP, Shaukat Yousafzai of PTI, Mufti Janan of JUI-F, Nighat Orakzai of PPP, Uzma Khan of JUI-F. In their speeches the MPAs congratulated election of new government.
They all held out their assurance for full cooperation in resolution of people’s problem besides smooth running of the house.
Later the Speaker adjourned the assembly session for today (Thursday) morning at 10:00 am.
Tough security arrangements were made for this important occasion. The hall was jam packed as a lot of visitors arrived to attend the maiden session. Even newsmen were unable to find seat in the house for covering proceedings while the ladies gallery was fully occupied by male visitors.
It is mentioning that PTI is the majority party in the KPK assembly and PTI has nominated Asad Qaisar as speaker KPK assembly and Imtiaz Shahid as deputy speaker, while voting for speaker and deputy speakers would be conducted today (Thursday).