PML-N asserts 36 reserved seats for women in Punjab Assembly

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The notification issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) revealed that the PML-N secured five out of eight reserved seats for women in the Punjab Assembly, despite being in the minority. The PPP also managed to secure three reserved seats for women, while the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) and PML-Q each obtained one reserved seat. The Sunni Ittehad Council did not secure any reserved seats according to ECP’s notification. In addition, former Minister for Minority Affairs Tahir Khalil and four other league leaders emerged victorious as members of the Punjab Assembly.

On the other hand, the PPP secured 20 reserved seats for women in the Sindh Assembly, while the MQM-P’s six women lawmakers and the Grand Democratic Alliance’s one woman seat were also confirmed. The PPP and MQM-P secured six and two minority seats respectively. The ECP is yet to decide the fate of one woman and one minority seat, as the Sunni Ittehad Council also approached it to get the reserved seats. After the joining of independent candidates and issuance of reserved seats, the PPP’s strength in the Sindh Assembly is 113 out of 168 lawmakers, making it the largest party in the assembly. The MQM-P is the second largest party in the provincial assembly with 36 seats. The GDA and Jamaat-e-Islami secured three and one seats respectively. The decision on reserved seats for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) backed independent candidates is yet to come.

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