Hamza Shehbaz elected Punjab chief minister by securing 197 votes after a rowdy session of the assembly in which Pervaiz Elahi had his arm injured on Saturday afternoon.

Members of the ruling alliance, the PTI and the PML-Q, staged a walk out after altercation with the PML-N and its allies.

Earlier, the Punjab Assembly session, which was scheduled to begin at 11:30 am, finally began after chaos inside the legislature caused a delay of more than five hours and saw Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari attacked, while PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi was injured.

Once the session got underway, PTI and PML-Q lawmakers staged a walkout, following which the deputy speaker ordered that the doors of the legislature be closed and commenced the proceedings for voting.

Prior to the resumption of the session, television footage showed Elahi intubated and with a bandage wrapped around his right forearm.

He alleged that PML-N MPAs broke his hand. “During his exile, I took care of Hamza [Shehbaz] but today he showed his real face,” he said.

“This is Sharif’s democracy. They have crossed the limits today,” Elahi added.

Later, Elahi told a news channel that the PML-N had “taken revenge” from him today and accused Punjab Inspector General of Police Rao Sardar Ali Khan of acting directly on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s directives.

“He (Shehbaz) sent the IG to the House. Police can never enter the House. This has happened for the first time in the history of Pakistan,” he said.

“The court does not listen to me either,” Elahi complained.

The PML-Q leader added that PML-N’s Rana Mashood had attacked him.

Earlier, slogans were chanted by both the parties, while PTI members threw lotas at the opposition benches, leading to open altercations and fights on the floor of the house.

When Mazari entered the assembly, members of the treasury benches threw lotas at him and tried to circle him, while one of the MPAs pulled his hair and others were seen taking shots at him. Mazari was immediately shifted to his chamber by assembly guards.

To control the situation inside the house, Punjab SSP Operations along with a heavy contingent of police officers entered the assembly in civil clothes but later exited the hall after protests from Elahi.

Meanwhile, the Punjab chief secretary and IG held a meeting inside Mazari’s chamber to chalk out a plan to resume the PA session.

Later, officers of the Anti-riots Force, clad in bulletproof jackets, entered the Punjab Assembly via its old gate. They will identify the MPAs who attacked the deputy speaker and arrest them.


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