PTI lawmakers attacked Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Dost M. Mazari
PTI and PML-Q members of Punjab assembly has attacked Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari with Ewer [Lota]. Dost M. Mazari was mobbed, pulled by his hair and then slapped by lawmakers.
The session of the Punjab Assembly was scheduled to begin at 11:30 am today under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari.
The bells have been ringing for the assembly members to be called in the house but despite the claims of high security arrangements, the women government members brought ewers [lota] with them in the assembly and they started chanting slogans against dissident PTI members.
Later, when Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari arrived in the hall to preside over the Punjab Assembly session, he has been attacked by PTI and PML-Q lawmakers inside the assembly hall. Ewers [lota] were thrown at him, he was mobbed, pulled by his hair and then slapped by lawmakers. Security staff and opposition members rescued the Deputy Speaker from government members, after which he returned to his office.
High Security arrangements:
Strict security arrangements have been made for the Punjab Assembly session and Rangers have been deployed to deal with any emergency.
Hamza Shahbaz is the candidate of PML-N and allied parties for the Chief Ministership while Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi is the unanimous candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and PML-Q.
Both candidates are making contradictory claims of their respective victories. Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has 189 members while Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has claimed the support of more than 200 members.
The Punjab Assembly has 371 members and the current assembly has 183 members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) while PML-N has 166 members. In addition, PML-Q has 10 members, PPP has 7 members, while the House currently has 4 independent members and Rah-e-Haq party has one in the assembly. Total of 186 votes are required to become Chief Minister.
According to sources, the number of dissident members of PTI is 21 while 5 members of PML-N are dissident with their party.