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PML-N nominates speaker, deputy for National Assembly

June 01, 2013 - Updated 1832 PKT
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ISLAMABAD: Largest party in the National Assembly Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has nominated names of Ayaz Sadiq and Murtaza Javed Abbasi as speaker and deputy speaker respectively for the lower house of the parliament.


PML-N’s Ayaz Sadiq had won from NA-122 National Assembly seat, beating Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, while Murtaza Javed Abbasi managed to beat Sardar Yaqoob of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) from NA-18 constituency, Abbottabad.


The sources revealed that the two senior leaders of PML-N, Chaudhary Nisar and Ahsan Iqbal, had opposed the nomination of Ayaz Sadiq as Speaker National Assembly, while other two leaders of the party Ishaq Dar and Khawaja Asif favored the nomination.

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6/6 - . Therefore, Ayaz Sadiq being a loyalist, experienced and articulate parliamentarian appears to be a pragmatic choice. On a further note, the results of recent elections have proved that at least people in three provinces - except Sindh - have discarded the regionalism card and have voted for resolution of issues. Its a proof that regional parochialism is on a dying course in Pakistan. Kudos to information explosion in Pakistan. Long live Pakistan and all its provinces!

Mohammad Haque
5/6 - So under the circumstances, Javed Abbasi for the Deputy Speaker position appears to be the best and the only choice for PMLN. And when it comes to Balochistan and Sindh as well, PMLN has one elected MNA each from both provinces, and as the Balochistan one is not interested in that position, the Sindh one is not educated enough to run the business of the National Assembly.

Mohammad Haque
4/6 - Looked at from these two perspectives, though PMLN might prefer a speaker from the smaller provinces - and in your case KPK - unfortunately as a result of the recent elections PMLN is handicapped to find anyone in KPK or any other province who could fit that bill since it doesn't have very many MNAs from those provinces. In KPK, PMLN has only 5 directly elected MNAs and three out of them are from Hazara belt, one is from FATA and other one is from Kohistan I believe.

Mohammad Haque
3/6 - 2) Since the role of the speaker involves a thorough understanding of numerous rules of conduct and legislative regulations that must be followed while conducting business of the house, it is also essential that the person who is appointed to the position is well educated.

Mohammad Haque
2/6 - 1) Its an extremely important position, especially in case of conspiratorial political practices in Pakistan, as a speaker plays the role of an anchor if there is any conspiracy again the government, and its not rare that this phenomenon might develop in such a volatile situation. So any political party while installing its government would always appoint an hardcore loyalist to that position.

Mohammad Haque
1/6 - Ms. Saima Durrani: Though I am not a die hard fan of PMLN but your objection seems to be oblivious of ground realities of Pakistan's polity. Their appear to be two factors in nominating a candidate for the position of National Assembly speaker: continued

Mohammad Haque
Why the PML-N avoids to give any important and bigger Post to the person from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ?? It would have been better if an MNA from K.P was made Speaker. But it seems that historically, the PML-N is all about PUNJAB and PUNJAB !!

Saima Durrani
United Kingdom
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