Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) lawmaker Zahid Akram Durrani was sworn in as the deputy speaker of the National Assembly on Thursday.
National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf administered the oath of office to Zahid Akram Durrani during the proceedings of the house today. The seat was vacated on April 16 when the then NA deputy speaker Qasim Suri tendered his resignation before a vote of no-confidence was set to be held against him.
Zahid Akram Durrani was elected unopposed on Wednesday as he was the only candidate who filed his nomination papers for the deputy speaker seat. The session was adjourned as NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf allowed members to pay tribute to the services of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan lawmaker Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, who passed away a day earlier in Karachi. The house also offered prayers for Iqbal and the lives lost during a fire that broke out in Sindh’s Dadu district.
Zahid is the son of JUI-F leader Akram Khan Durrani, who was the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from the year 2002 to 2007 and federal minister for housing from 2013 to 2018.