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Raja Pervaiz Ashraf nominated for PM of Pakistan

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. - Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Friday named Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as its nominee for prime minister and hinted at possible early elections after a court issued an arrest warrant for its first choice.

Ashraf has been dogged by allegations of corruption and controversy from his tenure as water and power minister. He served as information technology minister until the Supreme Court dismissed prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday.

On Thursday, an anti-narcotics court took the unusual step of issuing an arrest warrant for former textiles minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin over a drugs scandal. Shahabuddin had been President Asif Ali Zardari's first choice to succeed Gilani.

The lower house of parliament has been summoned to vote in the new prime minister at 5:30 pm (1230 GMT) on Friday.

“Raja Pervez Ashraf is our candidate,” senior party official Syed Khursheed Shah told a news conference, hinting that the government could call an election before its mandate expires early next year.

“This is election year and we are going towards elections,” Shah said.

“If we have committed some mistakes or did not fulfill our manifesto, then the decision should be left to the people of Pakistan.”

The new premier will face the same pressure to write to the Swiss, sparking speculation that elections due early next year could be brought forward.

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Comments (12) Closed

Adil Jadoon
Jun 22, 2012 07:04am
Replace one with another. Is this one gonna do the job?
Jun 22, 2012 07:10am
On this I can only say "GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY".
Rizwan Ali
Jun 22, 2012 07:12am
What a shame for our country. We can't have any one person who is not corrupt for this position.
Jun 22, 2012 07:14am
A person who couldn't control the loadshading how can he lead the current situation of Pakistan .
Jun 22, 2012 07:15am
Pakistan has recycled 3 Prime Ministers in 3 days and all of them have allegations for corruption. When will this circus end.....
mohamad hussain
Jun 22, 2012 07:24am
Congratulations Sir, We hope there will be light in our homes now. Sir we have been living in darkness because of load shedding for such a long time.
Shoaib Khan
Jun 22, 2012 07:30am
Democracy is the best revenge, The person who declared by person that corruption investigation start against him in rental power cases will be our new MP this is revenge against supreme court , revenge against people of Pakistan , does peoples party and allied do not have one clean person?
Jun 22, 2012 07:38am
more bad days coming God help us
Jun 22, 2012 07:37am
ANother MEDAL for this incompetent / impotent GOVERNMENT. allah waris
junaid khan
Jun 22, 2012 07:37am
raja sb was unable to reslove the electricity issue and now bigger responsibility given to reslove country isuues lol
Jun 22, 2012 07:30am
A prime minister with a corruption case in Rental power deals already in Supreme court .Bravo . What Faisal Saleh Hayat has to say? What a country?
Jun 22, 2012 07:27am
a good for nothing prime minister was appointed by the zardari. May allah save Pakistani from the incompetent persons on the helm of affairs.