Voting to elect new Punjab CM underway amid reports of Shujaat distancing himself from Elahi’s candidacy


Lawmakers in the Punjab Assembly (PA) are currently voting to elect the next chief minister of the province in a session that began after a three-hour delay.

The crucial session is being presided by Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari.

While the voting was underway inside the House, unconfirmed reports were circulating outside that PML-Q Chairperson Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain had written a letter distancing himself from Elahi’s candidacy.

The development comes a day after PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari met Shujaat.

Geo News journalist Hamid Mir quoted PML-Q’s Moonis Elahi as saying that Shujaat had refused to back Parvez as PTI’s candidate. Soon after, however, Moonis tweeted that a joint parliamentary meeting of PML-Q and PTI had unanimously agreed upon Parvez as their candidate for the election.