ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Deputies in Pakistan's central Punjab province Sunday elected a new chief minister following a free-for-all session during which they threw chairs, shoes, glasses, microphones and paper-weights at each other.
The fighting, which caused several injuries to deputies, broke out soon after the session began to consider a no-confidence motion against chief minister Ghulam Hyder Wyne, a close associate of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
About 150 deputies from the 248-member house called for the motion, seeking to remove Wyne after President Ghulam Ishaq Khan dismissed Sharif and his government on April 18 on charges of corruption and nepotism.
Speaker Manzoor Wattoo was voted in as the new chief minister of Punjab.
The local administration had posted thousands of armed policemen around the parliament building and in the city to prevent pro-Sharif supporters from halting the vote.
But a group of pro-Sharif deputies, led by his cousin Zia Butt, started wrestling with their opponents soon after the proceedings began.
One group jumped from their seats and broke the micrphone of deputy speaker Manazir Ranjha, who was presiding the session. Another group started throwing chairs, shoes, glasses, books, paper-weights and micrphones at their opponents who also joined the mayhem.
The pandemonium continued for 50 minutes but could not prevent the anti-Sharif group from going ahead with the vote. The no-confidence motion was carried by 157-20.
Earlier in the day the president also appointed a new governor for the province, Chaudhry Altaf Hussain, who belongs to the Peoples Party of the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
Also, chief of the Pakistan Army, Gen. Abdul Waheed, Sunday declared his support of Khan's ouster of Sharif, saying the dismissal of the government and dissolution of the national assembly was 'in accordance with the constitution and situation in the country is returning to normal.'