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PTI's Asad Qaisar takes oath as KP Assembly speaker

30 May, 2013

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PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) leader Asad Qaisar was sworn in as speaker of 11th Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Thursday, our sources reported.

Qaiser and Imtiaz Asad Shah were elected unopposed as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly's speaker and deputy speaker respectively after the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) withdrew its candidatures at the last minute.

Outgoing speaker Kiramatullah Khan administered oath to Qaisar whereas Imtiaz Shah would be sworn in as the deputy speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly by the newly elected speaker.

Moreover, three candidatures including PTI's Pervez Khattak, JUI-F's Maulana Lutf-ur-Rehman, and PML-N's Wajih-uz-Zaman Khan were submitted for the post of provincial chief minister.

The Assembly session was adjourned until 10:00 am tomorrow.

In the province, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) won the highest number of seats — 35 —in the May 11 general elections.

The JUI-F had announced it would sit on KP's opposition benches.

Earlier, PTI, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) had finalised a formula over the formation of a coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to which JI and QWP would get three ministries each whereas PTI would hold the positions of chief minister and speaker in the province.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has felicitated party leaders in Khyber Pakhuntunwa for wining slots of Speaker and Deputy Speaker unopposed.

Talking to Pervez Khatak by telephone on Thursday, Khan dubbed the PTI candidates victory as victory for democracy.

He directed the party leadership to put their efforts in ending violence and keeping education and health sectors on their priorities.

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