LAHORE - Sardar Dost Muhammad Khan Khosa has been elected unopposed as Punjab Chief Minister, but a formal announcement in this regard would be made in Punjab Assembly today by the Speaker in a specially convened session of the new legislature. Punjab Assembly sources confirmed Saturday night that no other candidate had filed nomination papers for the election of chief minister against Mr Khosa until the expiry of stipulated time. The assembly secretariat had fixed Saturday (9pm)as the final date and time for filing of nomination papers, but no other candidate turned up to do so by expiry of the given time. The process of transition, necessitated as a result of February 18 polls, would complete on Saturday (today) with the oath taking of Dost Muhammad Khosa. Punjab Assembly sources said that Sardar Dost Muhammad would take oath of his office at Governor House at 5 pm on Saturday (today), but this could not be confirmed from Governor House. Earlier, the Secretary Assembly also completed the process of scrutiny of Khosa's nomination papers and found them accurate in all respects. Speaker Rana Iqbal also chaired a meeting on late Saturday night to complete necessary formalities with regard to election of the Punjab Chief Minister. The meeting was attended by Secretary Assembly and other senior officers Dost Muhammad Khosa who is son of Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa was born in D G Khan on October 22, 1973. He won general election-2008 from PP-244 (D G Khan). An Aitchisonian, Khosa got secondary education from Government College Lahore, and did his graduation from Punjab University. He was first elected as MPA when his father vacated provincial seat after taking oath as Punjab Governor in August 1999. Dost Muhammad also served as UC Nazim of Churratta, D.G. Khan and later as Naib District Nazim D.G. Khan till February 18 election. As district President PML-N, D.G Khan, Khosa was arrested many times during last eight years for political reasons. Meanwhile, as a prelude to complete transfer of power in Punjab, the newly-elected Provincial Assembly on Friday elected its new Speaker and Deputy Speaker to run the House for the next five years. Rana Muhammad Iqbal and Rana Mashhood of the PML-N were elected unopposed as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively, as PML-Q forward bloc withdrew nomination papers of its candidates, Najaf Abbas Sial and Arshad Jat on Friday in favour of PML-N candidates. The Opposition, comprising the PML-Q, neither fielded its candidates for election to the said offices nor took part in assembly proceedings as a protest against manhandling of Arbab Ghulam Rahim and Dr Sher Afgan Niazi a few days back. Outgoing Speaker Muhammad Afzal Sahi administered oath to new Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal, who later conducted the rest of the assembly proceedings including election of the Deputy Speaker. Rana Iqbal, in turn, administered oath to Rana Mashhood as Deputy Speaker. A senior parliamentarian from Phoolnagar (Pattoki), Rana Iqbal is son of veteran politician late Rana Phool Muhammad. Rana Mashhood is a lawyer by profession, and played active role in ongoing lawyers' movement for independence of judiciary. He had been active in bar politics since 2002. He also worked as secretary Lahore High Court Bar Association. In his last address to the Punjab Assembly, the outgoing Speaker said that transfer of power was a natural and democratic process, and every holder of public office must understand that one day he would have to vacate the seat for the new incumbent. A number of assembly members including Saeed Akhtar Niwani, Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, Dost Muhammad Khosa, Syed Ahmad Mehmood, Najaf Abbas and Raja Riaz paid tributes to Afzal Sahi for conducting House proceedings in an efficient manner during his five-year tenure. On this occasion, a PPP legislator, Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, however, reminded Sahi of his five-year-old ruling that he had given regarding the status of members who had changed their loyalties at that time. Sahi had then ruled that no assembly member could be deseated on floor crossing. Kaira asked him whether or not he still adhered to that verdict. He also wanted Sahi to repeat that ruling of his for the new assembly members, but he just contented to say that his ruling was a part of assembly record, and if anybody desired to make recourse to it, he/she was free to make use of it any time. The PPP and the PML-N legislators in their speeches grilled the PML-Q for its boycott of assembly proceedings. They were of the view that Opposition had opted to stay away from the process, because it feared being exposed at the hands of its own members who might have voted in favour of PML-N candidates. Earlier, just after start of Friday's proceedings, Peer Walayat Shah Khagga of PML-Q (forward bloc) took oath of his assembly membership. He did not attend Wednesday's sitting of the assembly meant for oath taking of new members.