Maryam Nawaz: Punjab's First Female CM

Maryam Nawaz: Punjab’s First Female CM

Maryam Nawaz, the PML-N chief organiser, has been sworn in as the new chief minister of Punjab, marking a historic moment as the first woman to hold this position in the province. The oath-taking ceremony was conducted at the Governor’s House in Lahore, where Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman administered the oath.

Her election as chief minister came after securing 220 votes during the inaugural session of the Punjab Assembly earlier in the day. Notably, her opponent, Rana Aftab Ahmed Khan, failed to secure any votes as his party, the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), including PTI-backed independent candidates, boycotted the proceedings and staged a walkout.

Following the oath ceremony, Maryam Nawaz proceeded to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, where she received a guard of honour. This significant achievement makes her the fourth member of the Sharif family to hold the position of chief minister.

Maryam Nawaz’s journey to this role began with her victory in two Lahore seats, NA-119 and PP-159, during the February 8 general elections. In order to assume the role of chief minister, she vacated her National Assembly seat.

This milestone underscores not only Maryam Nawaz’s political ascent but also represents a step forward for women’s representation in Punjab’s political landscape. As she embarks on her tenure, Maryam Nawaz faces the task of leading Punjab with the responsibility and vision expected of the chief minister’s office.

Her election reflects the continued influence of the PML-N in Punjab politics and signals a new chapter in the province’s governance under her leadership. With her experience and political acumen, Maryam Nawaz is poised to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, contributing to the development and progress of Punjab.

Punjab and Sindh set to select their Chief Ministers today.

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