NA: (Ayaz Sadiq sworn in as NA Speaker)

ISLAMABAD: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of Pakistan Muslim League (N) was re-elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly here on Monday.

Ayaz Sadiq secured 268 votes, while his rival Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s Shafqat Mahmoud secured 31 votes. The members present in the House congratulated Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. He is 20th Speaker of the National Assembly.

Later, acting Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi administered oath of office to newly elected Speaker. Addressing the house after taking oath, Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his party for reposing confidence in him.

He also thanked the political parties who supported him in the election of the speakership. He said he also thanks the PTI workers who participated in the process for the strengthening of the system. He said this is not his personal win but that of the democracy.

He said all the political parties will work together for strengthening of the system. He assured he will play an active role in cooperation with all the political parties to make the parliament more vibrant. He said efforts will be made to further strengthen the role of standing committees.

The Speaker said Kashmir cause has been on the agenda of the House and it will be taken forward to highlight the issue at the international level. He said the Parliament will be shifted to solar energy next month.

Shafqat Mahmoud congratulated Sardar Ayaz Sadiq over his election as the speaker of the Lower House. He said all the national issues including economic and privatization process should be discussed in the House. Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah also felicitated Ayaz Sadiq over his election as the speaker of National Assembly.

Khurshid Shah said today’s election is the triumph of parliamentary democracy. He said the Parliament has played an important role for the strengthening of democracy and institutions. He appreciated the impartiality of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in his last term and expressed the confidence that he will continue to serve in the same manner in the remaining period.