Lahore (August 17, 2018): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Hamza Shahbaz and Khawaja Saad Rafique on Thursday alleged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf of horse-trading during elections for the slot of the speaker and deputy speaker in Punjab assembly.
While talking to journalists, outside Punjab Assembly, Hamza Shahbaz said that PTI entered in ‘Naya Pakistan’ with mandate stealing. He said the PTI won deputy speaker’s slot by horse-trading.Whereas khawaja Saad Rafique stated MPAs of Shehbaz Sharif-led party were intimidated and threatened to vote for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) nominee Pervez Elahi for slot of Punjab Assembly’s speaker.
Lambasting PTI, Rafique taunted clandestine act of horse-trading had occurred through ‘ATM and planes’. He said, “Like Centre, horse-trading was carried out in Punjab too”.He stated PTI was laying the foundation of ‘Naya Pakistan’ on unlawful acts and fake mandate.
As many as 12 disgruntled MPAs of PML-N switched loyalties and casted their votes in favor of Pervez Elahi for slot of PA speaker.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) nominee, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi of the PML-Q on Wednesday was sworn in as the Speaker for the Punjab Assembly.
Elahi gained 201 votes while Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Chaudhry Iqbal Gujjar received 147 in the secret balloting process. A total of 349 votes were cast among which one was rejected.