Raja Riaz becomes opposition leader in the National Assembly

16 MNAs supported Raja Riaz while 06 MNAs supported GDA leader Khaus Bux Mehar as opposition leader

The speaker National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has appointed PTI dissident MNA Raja Riaz as opposition leader in the National Assembly.  Raja Riaz Ahmad Khan elected MNA from Faisalabad on PTI ticket in the 2018 general elections. 
He is a former senior minister Punjab and former Punjab president of PPP. He was twice elected as MPA from Faisalabad on PPP ticket. He joined the PTI after losing elections in 2013 on PPP ticket. He is the prominent leader of Tareen group in the national Assembly.   
The National Assembly announced on its twitter account that “Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf declares Raja Riaz Ahmad, MNA as the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan under Rule 39 of the Rules of Procedures and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly.” 

Speaker Ashraf said that it was announced in the House that any Opposition lawmaker wishing to become the leader of the Opposition could show their strength and submit the relevant MNAs' signatures to his office.

He added that Opposition MNAs interested in becoming the Opposition leader were given time till 3pm to submit their papers with the signatures of supporting lawmakers.

The speaker said that the verification of the signatures was done by 4pm, adding that Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Raja Riaz, and Hussain Elahi had submitted their nomination papers for the post. Speaker Ashraf said that Elahi had withdrawn in favour of Mahar, however, despite getting his support he could only gather support from six MNAs. “Therefore, I declare Raja Riaz as leader of Opposition,” said Ashraf.

                                                                           Insight247.news report


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