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The boycott of the Punjab Assembly session by the Sunni Ittehad Council due to not getting the reserved seats

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LAHORE: When the Punjab Assembly session for the election of the Chief Minister began on Monday, the members of the opposition Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) boycotted the proceedings.

The speaker explained the procedure of voting when the assembly session started. Later, the Assembly Secretary briefed the House on the voting procedure.

As soon as Speaker Malik Ahmad Khan explained the procedure for selecting the Chief Minister, the members of the Sunni Ittehad Council stood up and started shouting slogans. Members of the Sunni Ittehad Council walked out of the assembly to register their protest against not getting reserved seats and stolen mandate.

Opposition members raised the objection that the House is incomplete as reserved seats for women and minority members are yet to be finalised. Members of the Sunni Ittehad Council boycotted the meeting. Later, the Speaker formed a three-member committee to bring him back and he went back for a while.

Earlier, when Maryam Nawaz, the nominated candidate of Muslim League (N), reached the premises of the House, the party leaders gave her a warm welcome.

Maryam, who is the senior vice-president of the Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was elected as a member of the provincial assembly after winning constituency 159 in Lahore in the general elections held on February 8.

She is the daughter of three-time Prime Minister and Chief Minister Nawaz Sharif. Maryam Nawaz entered politics in November 2011 after her father gave her permission after expressing her intention to do so.

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