Maryam Nawaz elected as chief minister of Punjab


Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader (PML-N) Maryam Nawaz on Monday was elected as Punjab’s chief minister, becoming the country’s first-ever female CM.

She defeated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s backed candidate from Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) Rana Aftab Ahmad Khan by securing 220 votes.

Rana did not secure a single vote as his party had boycotted the election. After the voting process, PTI members protested outside the assembly, chanting slogans of Imran Khan.

Punjab Assembly Speaker Malik Ahmad Khan is presiding over the assembly session in which the voting took place.

Maryam thanked God and her supporters in her maiden speech at the provincial legislature.

“This is the honour of every mother, sister and daughter that a woman has been elected as the CM and I pray that the process continues and more women take my place as the leader of the house,” she said.

Punjab from today.

She said that Punjab’s first air ambulance will be announced within the next 12 weeks to improve healthcare for the people living in mountainous and hilly areas.

Earlier, when the session began, Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) members comprising PTI-backed MPAs walked out of the assembly ahead of the chief minister’s election.

The walkout was staged due to SIC nominee for chief minister Rana Aftab not being given a chance to speak at the point of order.

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