Rana Muhammad Iqbal of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) was elected Punjab assembly speaker for the second time with absolute majority.

Iqbal secured 297 votes while his rival Raja Rashid Hafeez of PTI bagged 35 votes. Other opposition parties had supported Hafeez.

The polling was held in the building of Punjab Assembly in Lahore on Monday.

Rana Mohammad Iqbal later took oath. Deputy speaker Rana Mashhood administered the oath to the newly elected speaker.

He thanked the members for voting him and also the opposition. He also thanked Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif for reposing confidence in him.

He said the country faces serious challenges which need unity among all parties.

Who is Rana Iqbal? The newly-elected Speaker Punjab Assembly, Rana Muhammad Iqbal son of Rana Phool Muhammad Khan was born in Phool Nagar, Karnal district of India, in 1944.

Rana Iqbal currently residing in Lambe Jageer, tehsil Pattoki of Kasur district, won the general election-2013 from Kasur.

He received primary education from Phool Nagar High School and secondary education form Government Islamia College, Civil Lines Multan and then education in law from the Punjab University, Lahore.

He has been elected to the Punjab Assembly for the fifth time, while his father Rana Phool Khan was elected MPA in the Punjab six times, and has the distinction of being the ‘senior-most parliamentarian of Asia.’

Rana Iqbal has twice served as chairman district council and once as vice-chairman district council Kasur.

He has also been president of Chunian Bar Association and was later appointed as ASP, but resigned from the post in protest against the martial law of Gen Zia-ul-Haq.