Omar Ayub notified leader of opposition in National Assembly

NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq declares Omar Ayub as opposition leader as he was backed by majority of the opposition

By
Asif Bashir Chaudhary
Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Omar Ayub (second left) and NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq (second right) are discussing nomination of opposition leader at the speakers office in Islamabad on April 2, 2024. —X/@NAofPakistan
Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Omar Ayub (second left) and NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq (second right) are discussing nomination of opposition leader at the speaker's office in Islamabad on April 2, 2024. —X/@NAofPakistan  

  • PTI leader calls on Speaker NA Sadiq.
  • Opposition members Gohar, Amir Dogar also attend meeting.
  • Ayub's name was proposed by majority of opposition.


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) stalwart Omar Ayub has been notified as leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, the lower house secretariat said in a statement on Tuesday.

NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq has declared Ayub as the opposition leader after completing the due process to appoint the opposition leader.

The NA speaker ratified Ayub’s request, after the latter called on the former. 

Opposition members Gohar Ali Khan and Malik Amir Dogar were also present in the meeting which exchanged views on the opposition leader’s nomination.

The NA secretariat in a tweet said, “The speaker of the National Assembly declares Omar Ayub the Leader of the Opposition after the completion of the scrutiny process under Rule 39 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the National Assembly.”

Ayub's name was proposed by the majority of the opposition.

“The time for submission of papers for the nomination of the Leader of the Opposition was April 1, 2024, till 6 pm. No other candidate's papers have been received by the stipulated time,” the NA said.

The PTI-Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) alliance had nominated Ayub on March 10 for the leader of the opposition. Malik Amir Dogar, Sahibzada Hamid Raza, Ali Muhammad Khan, Riaz Fatiana, Dr. Nisar Jat and others had arrived to submit the plea to the speaker’s office. The plea carried signatures of 92 SIC lawmakers.