On Wednesday, Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari announced that he will preside over today’s session of the Punjab Assembly, despite a no-trust motion being submitted against him by his own party.
Following the verdict, the political crisis in Punjab took on a new dimension. A no-confidence motion was filed against Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari after it was determined that a session will be held today rather than on April 16 as previously scheduled.
The PTI members of the province legislature submitted a no-trust motion against the deputy speaker who is sponsored by their party to the secretary of the provincial assembly.
However, the deputy speaker stated that the assembly session would take place today once the PA secretariat issued the necessary notification.
He also accused some PA staff members of “creating confusion,” and said that a meeting would be called today to address the issue.
“The secretarial staff at the Punjab Assembly is not collaborating with me,” he said.
After calling a special session of the Punjab Assembly for tonight at 7:30 pm to elect a new chief minister, Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari announced that it would convene at that time.
The combined nominee of the PTI and the PML-Q is Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, whereas the unified opposition has nominated PML-N Vice President Hamza Shahbaz for the coveted seat in the National Assembly.
In an earlier statement, Deputy Speaker Dost Mohammad Mazari announced that the provincial assembly session would be adjourned till April 16.