PM in-waiting Shahbaz Sharif felicitates APNS office-bearers

DNA ISLAMABAD: Mohammad Shehbaz Sharif has been elected as the 24TH Prime Minister of Pakistan

 Shehbaz Sharif secured 201 votes.

 while PTI backed candidate Omar Ayub got 92   votes.

EARLIER, Lawmakers in the National Assembly are voting to elect the country’s 24th prime minister in the session that began with members of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) creating a ruckus by chanting slogans. 

The session, which is being chaired by National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, began with the oath-taking of PML-N’s Jam Kamal. 

However, the House soon began echoing with slogans and chants raised by the SIC members in favour of incarcerated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and alliance backing Shehbaz Sharif.

After this, Speaker Sadiq asked the Assembly staff to ring the bell for five minutes so any members that are not present in the house could come to the floor for the prime minister’s election.  

Once the bells were rung, Speaker Sadiq ordered the NA staff to lock the doors and announced the method for electing the prime minister. 

Then the speaker informed the lawmakers about the candidates who were contesting for the prime minister’s elections. 

“Valid nominated candidates are Shehbaz Sharif and Omar Ayub. Honourable members who wish to vote in favour of Shehbaz may proceed to the lobby on the right side designated as ‘Lobby A’,” the speaker said. 

The speaker then directed that those who wish to vote for Ayub can proceed to the left-hand side towards “Lobby B” to get their votes recorded.