Usman Buzdar becomes Punjab new CM
Punjab CM-elect Usman Buzdar. -a A file photo

PESHAWAR: As expected, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) nominee Usman Buzdar was elected as Punjab chief minister on Sunday amid protest from the opposition against alleged rigging in the elections.

Buzdar secured 186 votes against his rival candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Hamza Shahbaz Sharif who got 159 votes.

About 345 out of total 354 MPAs cast their votes in the election. During the Punjab Assembly proceedings, the PML-N MPAs wearing black armbands chanted slogans. Hamza Shahbaz said his party would continue to take part in the democratic process, but vowed to prevent a ‘rigged system’ from functioning.

On the other hand, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPAs decided not to vote in the election.

Addressing Punjab Assembly after his election, Mr Buzdar vowed to resolve problems of the province. He vowed to follow merit and to take the vision of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Prime Minister Imran Khan forward. He said his party will break the status quo.

Buzdar said he belongs to one of the poorest areas of Punjab and understands the problems faced by people in those regions.