Balochistan Assembly: Election for Speaker, deputy today

Matiullah Agha and Dr Fouzia Marri are likely to be elected speaker, deputy speaker.


Our Correspondent December 31, 2012

QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly (BA) will hold an important session on Monday (today) to elect its speaker and deputy speaker.

The slot of speaker had fallen vacant on December 26 with the ousting of Aslam Bhootani through a unanimous no-trust resolution.

Bhootani has challenged his removal from the post in the Balochistan High Court, which will also hear the case on Monday (today).

Reliable sources told The Express Tribune that Deputy Speaker Matiullah Agha of JUI-F has been tipped as new speaker, while Dr Fouzia Marri of Balochistan National Party (Awami) is likely to become the deputy speaker.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani presided over a meeting of parliamentary leaders of Balochistan coalition government on Sunday.

The meeting besides discussing sundry matters also exchanged views on election of Speaker, Deputy Speaker and a vacant seat of the Senate. The meeting approved the plan to elect Matiuallah Agha, a nominee of the JUI-F as Speaker and Dr Fauzia Marri as the deputy speaker, the source said.

All the coalition partners agreed to support the nominated candidates for the slots of speaker and deputy speaker, he said.

Parliamentary leaders of different parties, including Maulana Abdul Wasay of JUI-F, Syed Ahsan Shah of BNP-Awami, Engineer Zamrok Khan of ANP, deputy parliamentary leader of PPP Ali Madad Jattak and other legislators attended the meeting and expressed complete trust in the leadership of Nawab Raisani.

They said that despite a number of hurdles the incumbent provincial government is completing its constitutional tenure and has carried out “matchless development” in the province.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 31st, 2012.

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