KARACHI / PESHAWAR / QUETTA: The newly-elected members of provincial assemblies take oath on Monday as the provincial assemblies of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Balochistan commence their sessions.
In Peshawar, the inaugural session of the K-P assembly is currently underway with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sardar Aurangzeb Nalota presiding over the oath. Nalota was appointed by governor K-P to fill in for outgoing speaker Asad Qaiser who is currently taking oath at the National Assembly.
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s Hidayatur Rehman of PK-1 (Chitral) became the first member to sign the roll of members to note his attendance as a MPA of the K-P assembly.
After an uncalled for delay, the first session of the 11th Balochistan Assembly convened on Monday under the leadership of Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai. 62 of 65 members start taking oath as MPAs. Speaker Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani will administer the oath to the newly-elected members.
After the election of the speaker, the departing speaker, Durrani, will administer the oath to the new speaker and hand over the speaker’s seat. Balochistan Assembly Secretary Shamsullah said, “The new speaker will conduct the election of the office of the deputy speaker. The new speaker will then administer the oath to the new deputy speaker.”
New entrants into the Sindh Assembly are also taking oath with the beginning of the new parliamentary year of the PAs. Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani will administer the oath to 165 members in the House that comprise 168 MPAs.
The three seats are vacant because official notification of the victory of two candidates has been withheld due to pending petitions in courts, and one MPA-elect has passed away.
Briefing about the inaugural session, Sindh Assembly Secretary GM Umer Farooq said Durrani, who was elected as the speaker by the last assembly, still continues his position as the custodian of the house. He will himself also take oath as he has been elected again to the House.