LAHORE - Ten MPAs, who had been elected in the by-election held on June 26, took oath when the Punjab Assembly's 7th session resumed on Thursday after a hiatus of four days. Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan chaired the proceedings and administered the oath to six from the Pakistan Muslim League-N, two from the Pakistan Peoples Party and two independents. In their speeches, they vowed to keep the coalition intact and democracy on track. They also paid rich tributes to the leadership of both the parties, besides thanking them for their support to each other. From the PML-N platform, newly-elected MPs are: Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa PP-243 (Dera Ghazi Khan) Rana Sana Ullah Khan PP-70 (Faisalabad-XX), Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan PP-124 (Sialkot-V), Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri PP-154 (Lahore-XVIII), Rana Muhammad Arshad PP-171 (Nankana Sahib-II), and Mirza Fida Hussain PP-277 (Bahawalnagar-I). The PPP men are: Qasim Zia PP-59 (Faisalabad-IX), Qaisar Iqbal Sindhu PP-99 (Gujranwala-IX), while two independents are: Karam Dad Wahla PP-219 (Khanewal-VIII) and Syed Haroon Sultan Bokhari PP-258 (Muzaffargarh-VIII). In his address after the oath taking, Zulfiqar Khosa, who is also president PML-N Punjab, said he had been elected to the assembly for the 9th time - the most senior among the present lot of the MPAs at the Punjab Assembly - and would not only impart his parliamentary experience, which he had gained from his seniors, to his new colleague, and would also learn from them the contemporary politics. Being a thoroughly traditional man, Khosa underlined the need for maintaining decorum of the House irrespective of the party affiliations and allegiance to the respective leaderships, and predicted that the present assembly would complete its constitutional term. If not for the first time at the Punjab Assembly, then it is definitely one of the rare occasions when father and his son are members of the same assembly simultaneously. Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa's son Sardar Dost Muhammad Khan Khosa is presently the Provincial Minister after serving as Chief Minister Punjab earlier. Former Leader of the Opposition, Qasim Zia said the democracy was the result of political sagacity and wisdom of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed. He maintained that as part of the Treasury, certain greater responsibilities had to be shouldered. "The Opposition should be here, as the House is incomplete without the Opposition members. No doubt, our memberships were suspended by the then Treasury besides other trials and tribulations, but we must give them respect," he said, while requesting the Chair to notify the Opposition leader. Qasim Zia said the PPP had always promoted the politics of reconciliation, which it would continue. "At the Federal level, though the N-League federal ministers had quit the Cabinet, the PPP will continue to work with the PML-N led coalition in the Punjab so as to further the democratic process," he added. Rana Sana Ullah paid tributes to the iron-willed Sharif brothers and Benazir Bhutto for their sacrifices for the restoration for democracy in the country. While responding to Zia's remarks, Rana said the PML-N would never compromise on its basic principle of eliminating the dictatorship, and would keep this principle supreme besides continuing to render every sacrifice for this. "We will take our coalition to its logical end, and we will never be deterred by any thing. We are here, while the illicit offspring of the dictatorship is holding meetings in luxurious hotels. They are mistaken, and by now they must have known that aggressors will be punished after they had crossed all limits, and the remnants of the dictatorship will be eliminated one day," he averred. While launching a bitter diatribe against the PML-Q, he said the people had eliminated those who used to get support of the powers that be and the agencies, while the real democrats were sitting inside the assembly. Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Qaisar Iqbal Sindhu, Karam Dad Wahla, Mirza Fida Hussain and Rana Muhammad Arshad also spoke on this occasion.