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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 (PTI)-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 boycotted the election. After the voting process, PTI members protested outside the assembly, chanting slogans of Imran Khan.

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

Maryam thanked God and 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.

“Today, I am upset that the respectable members of the opposition benches are not present here. I wish they would be a part of the political and democratic process,” she said.

“If the opposition was present today, and if they had protested during my speech, I would have been happy,” Maryam added.

The CM said that she had no desire for revenge, adding that she wants to thank those who put her in difficulties, “which included death cells, court visits, incarceration of my father and the death of mother”.

“Despite all this, I feel indebted to my adversaries,” she said.

Moreover, Maryam announced a Ramazan relief package, Nigheban, for Punjab.

She said it includes essentials worth Rs6.5 to Rs7 million which would be distributed to the public’s doorsteps during Ramazan.

Maryam added that market places providing essential items at subsidised rates will also be set up.

Moreover, Maryam said the safety of women in the province was her first priority.

“Therefore, I am announcing a dedicated helpline for women,” she said.

She added women would also be provided proper facilities, including separate washrooms and daycare centres, at workplaces.

The newly-elected CM also announced that free medicines will be provided at every government hospital across 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.

CM Maryam takes oath

Later, Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman administered oath to newly elect CM Maryam.

Her father Nawaz Sharif and uncle Shehbaz Sharif were also present.

In a related development on Saturday, Malik of PML-N secured victory as the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly.

He defeated the candidate fielded by the SIC in a secret ballot, where he garnered 224 votes, surpassing his opponent, Ahmed Khan Bachhar, who received 96 votes.

Newly-elected members of the Punjab Assembly were sworn in on Friday.

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Rafique Feb 26, 2024 02:29pm
Wish her all the best for the best performance & sincere serivce of Punjab
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KU Feb 26, 2024 03:08pm
Another day another circus and another episode of soap opera that is as disconnected to reality as ever. Rigged electives rule the country, tragic.
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Johnny Walker Feb 26, 2024 03:53pm
Abbaji can fix everything.
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Shahbaz Ali Feb 26, 2024 04:40pm
I am hopeful for another tenure of fast Punjab development like 2008-2018.
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Shoaib Feb 26, 2024 05:16pm
Feeling good of this outcome. Fingers crossed for the future!
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Aslam Tanoli Feb 26, 2024 05:33pm
People of Pakistan and Punjab rejected this family.
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Ishrat Nazesr Feb 26, 2024 05:40pm
main sab se pehlay Marayam Nawaz Sahiba ko Mubarak deti hon CM punjab select honay pay please mujhe Ramzan pkg chahiye main bohat ghreeb aurat hon
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Doc Asad Feb 26, 2024 06:37pm
jesi awaam wese hukmuran :) whole corrupt nation deserve corrup leaders
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Johnny Walker Feb 26, 2024 06:38pm
@Ishrat Nazesr, Gharib aurat reading Business Recorder !!! - wah kia baat hy.
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Waqas Feb 27, 2024 12:25pm
People of Pakistan rejected this family and party PMLN, infact she did not win on her own seat, PMLN only do showing work and corruption...
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