K-P Assembly: PTI leaders elected speaker, deputy speaker

Published: May 30, 2013
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File photo of PTI leader Asad Qaiser. PHOTO: INP/FILE

File photo of PTI leader Asad Qaiser. PHOTO: INP/FILE

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Qaiser was elected unopposed as the speaker of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Assembly, while another PTI leader Imtiaz Shahid was also elected unopposed as the deputy speaker of the assembly on Thursday, Express News reported.

The elections for the assembly speaker and the deputy speaker were held on Thursday in Peshawar.

From PTI, Asad Qaiser had applied for the slot of speaker in competition with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal’s (JUI-F) Haji Munawwar Khan Advocate, while PML-N leader Arbab Akbar Hayat was contesting for the slot of deputy speaker against PTI’s Imtiaz Shahid. The rivals withdrew their candidatures.

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Assembly commenced its first session on Wednesday where 122 newly elected members took oath.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) won the mandate in K-P in the elections and was set to form a government in an alliance with the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI).

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Reader Comments (17)

  • KJS
    May 30, 2013 - 1:03PM

    That’s not magnanimous of PTI leadership but rather narrow-minded. The Post of deputy speaker should go to opposition as per true spirit of inclusive democracy.

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  • Muhammad Akram
    May 30, 2013 - 1:08PM

    Congratulation! Best luck for the future.

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  • BILAL
    May 30, 2013 - 1:16PM

    @KJS:

    lol, which world democracy are you talking about ??

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  • Tausif
    May 30, 2013 - 1:21PM

    Why not making a deputy chief minister from the K-P opposition???

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  • CynicThoughts
    May 30, 2013 - 1:41PM

    Good luck Asad Qaisar and KPK provincial assembly. All eyes on you.

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  • CaptainJanjua
    May 30, 2013 - 1:55PM

    @KJS:
    Not really. Its custom for the majority party or parties to occupy both the slots of speaker and deputy speaker. After all it is their government. Plus the opposition in the KPK assembly is not uniform; both PML-N and JUI-F have almost the same number of seats, as do the PPP and ANP. The issue of opposition leader too is yet to be resolved, however with Akram Durrani vacating his provincial seat to sit in the NA, it seems highly likely that the role will go to Mehtab Abbasi. Also, giving the slot of deputy speaker to either JUI-F, PML-N, ANP,etc. would be seen as a betrayal of party policy and would massively undermine the confidence in the coalition and the balancing of representation from different regions within the province. Another glaring issue would be the fact that parliamentary procedure would be seriously compromised if a party with different interests were to take up a role that could inhibit the majority’s mandate to govern, hence, derailing the process of government altogether. And that could spell disaster for what can best be described as a freshman party at a very delicate juncture in our history.

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  • A J Khan
    May 30, 2013 - 2:04PM

    Congratulations PTI. Play an innings that it should be remembered for decades.

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  • Siddiqui
    May 30, 2013 - 2:07PM

    @KJS & Tausif

    Tell me one assembly in the history of Pakistan where the Deputy Speaker was from the opposition? Stop setting unrealistic expectations. Next you will be saying why dont you make the chief minister from opposition? Why are there ministers from the opposition?

    Its PTI’s mandate, so let them run the show their way.

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  • gohar
    May 30, 2013 - 2:45PM

    What a young leadership in KPK
    What a change
    I feel sorry for PTI voters now.

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  • Sher Ghazi
    May 30, 2013 - 3:21PM

    Really very happy and good gesture to select un-opposed by other parties as well. I, on behalf of GilgitBaltistan Danyore Youth, Wish you best of luck Asad Qaiser. I know your contribution in education sector Swabi and now needs your full attention for whole KPK. May Allah Guides you and helps you for the NAYA Pakistan .

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  • sajjad
    May 30, 2013 - 3:38PM

    will N league ensure Prime Minister from Oppsition??????????????/

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  • Mumtaz
    May 30, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Well done Asad Qaiser , We proud on you , keep it up , and do any for the betterment of province.Good efforts and with a lot of passion.

    Long live and prospross
    Mumtaz Ahmed From Mardan

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  • kashif
    May 30, 2013 - 4:57PM

    @gohar: Atleast give them a chance. Don’t be in so much hurry. You can be patient with Zardari for 5 years, can’t you be a bit patient with some new faces?

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  • MAD
    May 30, 2013 - 5:19PM

    @KJS: Name one assembly where this was done in Pakistan.

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  • Ammad Malik
    May 30, 2013 - 5:38PM

    @Kashif

    Who was patient with Zardari?

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  • Faisal
    May 30, 2013 - 6:26PM

    @gohar:
    Aw, you’re so sweet for feeling sorry. Funny how you’re feeling sorry for PTI voters while they are not. I’m also not sure why you feel sorry. What really happened in this story that makes you feel so sorry for us?

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  • Mirza
    May 31, 2013 - 8:13AM

    Both ANP and PPP supported the candidates of PTI. This is what we call being gracious and accept the mandate of people. After your opponents are elected by the people they become leaders for next 5 years and the elections are over. That is how democratic parties act after elections.

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