LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly will elect the provincial chief minister today.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has nominated Sardar Usman Buzdar for the slot of Punjab chief minister, while Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has fielded Hamza Shehbaz for the province’s most coveted post.
The new Punjab CM will be elected at a session scheduled for 11am.
PTI dominates Punjab Assembly with 179 seats, whereas PML-N has 164 seats in the house.
Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier reposed his confidence in Buzdar for the post of CM Punjab via a video message. Explaining his decision, the PTI chief said that Buzdar hailed from the most impoverished area of Punjab and he had decided on him as the party’s candidate after due diligence.
Hamza Shehbaz, the son of Shehbaz Sharif and PML-N’s nominee for Punjab chief minister, slammed PTI for coming to power through unfair means, calling it an “unfair match”.
“We are only taking oaths because we want the process of democracy to continue,” he told reporters ahead of the assembly session on Sunday.
He demanded a parliamentary commission to probe the electoral process, and said his party will play its constitutional role.
“We will not [resort] to climbing on containers and hurling abuses.”