ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan was allowed to cast his vote in the elections for speaker, deputy speaker of National Assembly on Wednesday without his national identity card.
Imran, who is PTI’s nominee for prime minister, was permitted by the polling agents to cast his ballot without his CNIC card – an act that prompted criticism from the Pakistan Peoples Party’s MNA Abdul Qadir Patel.
Alleging discriminatory behaviour, Patel questioned why Imran was allowed to vote while he was not permitted and was asked to fetch his CNIC or make another assembly card.
“All MNAs are equal and should be treated equally,” the PPP leader remarked.
Outgoing speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who is chairing the National Assembly session, replied that Imran Khan asked him for permission, which was granted.
“You did not ask, if you had asked [me] I would have granted you permission as well,” Sadiq told Patel.
The National Assembly is voting for the slots of speaker and deputy speaker today.
PTI – the majority party in the House – has nominated Asad Qaiser for the slot of speaker, while the joint opposition has fielded Syed Khursheed Shah for the post.
For deputy speaker, PTI has named Qasim Suri while the joint opposition has nominated Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal leader Asad Mahmood.