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A view of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.—File Photo

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) leader Asad Qaisar was sworn in as speaker of 11th Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Thursday whereas Imtiaz Shah took oath as deputy speaker, Dawnnews reported.

Qaiser and Imtiaz Asad Shah were elected unopposed as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly's speaker and deputy speaker respectively after the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) withdrew its candidatures at the last minute.

Outgoing speaker Kiramatullah Khan administered oath to Qaisar whereas Imtiaz Shah was sworn in as the deputy speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly by the newly elected speaker.

Moreover, three candidatures including  PTI's Pervez Khattak, JUI-F's Maulana Lutf-ur-Rehman, and PML-N's Wajih-uz-Zaman Khan were submitted for the post of provincial chief minister.

The Assembly session was adjourned until 10:00 am tomorrow.

In the province, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) won the highest number of seats — 35 —in the May 11 general elections.

The JUI-F had announced it would sit on KP’s opposition benches.

Earlier, PTI, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) had finalised a formula over the formation of a coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to which JI and QWP would get three ministries each whereas PTI would hold the positions of chief minister and speaker in the province.