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Five contesting for prime minister slot

- June 21, 2012 - Updated 1626 PKT - From Web Edition

ISLAMABAD: The nomination papers of all the five candidates contesting for the office of prime minister were approved by the Speaker National Assembly, Geo News reported.


Five candidates, three from Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and one each from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), had filed nomination papers for the election of prime minister.


The PPP candidates, Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Raja Pervez Ashraf submitted their nominations papers Thursday morning, while senior party leader Qamar Zaman Kaira an hour before the 2:00pm deadline.


Sardar Mehtab Abbasi from PML-N and Maulana Fazlur Rehman from JUI-F submitted their papers as well for the race of the prime minister.


The process of election of new prime minister kicked off today with the submission of nomination papers for the coveted post of Leader of the House.


In brief remarks at the NA, Shahabuddin showcased his loyalty by thanking Zardari and extending greetings to members of PPP on the birthday of Benazir Bhutto.


"I am thankful from the bottom of my heart (to Zardari)," he told reporters.


"Today is a special day because it is Benazir Bhutto's birthday and I send my congratulations on this birthday to all party workers," he added.


Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza scrutinised the nomination papers. The objections raised by PML-N against Shahabuddin were dismissed.


However, any candidate who desires to quit the contest can withdraw his nomination papers any time.


The National Assembly session has been summoned to meet on June 22 to elect new Prime Minister of Pakistan after disqualification of Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani from premiership following a Supreme Court's verdict. Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza will chair the proceedings of the House.


President Asif Ali Zardari has also summoned the 43rd session of the Lower House of Parliament in exercise of powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 54 of the Constitution. The Lower House will meet on Friday at 05:30pm in the Parliament House.


After election on Friday, the majority candidate will emerge as the Prime Minister-elect, till he takes oath of the office to become a Prime Minister. After taking oath, the new Prime Minister will seek vote of confidence from the House.

Reader Comments
After superb performance as power minister Raja sahab now wants to be our prime minister and enjoy the prime minister house and perks

Guys, stop crying! Your entire parliament is like this. Look at the coalition partners such MQM, ANP etc. And check out the irony that PML Q is PPP's biggest supporter now. They have no character, no shame, no dignity, nothing! What a nation we have become! We have the most corrupt President, we have an incompetent parliament and opposition, and we have an army general who orchestrated the NRO. We should ponder as to why us? Why not India? We both got independence at the same time.......

Please Mr Zardari make Rehman Malick the PM. He makes us laugh.

United Kingdom
Zardari's selection for next PM clearly shows that Zardari is not only stupid and is mentally sick, along with his similar friends and followers. Who is a sane person among his parteners who rule Pakistan with him.

m. a
Raja Pervez Ashraf is proven Be-izzati proof so best suited to take up the challenge to serve Zardari where qualification carries no value. Anyone in PPP who ensures the supply to Zardari and help maximise his nuisance value shall be the one finalised by the big chawwal in Islamabad.

Shall the new PM serve Pakistanis?
Anyone who becomes the next PPP PM will risk becoming disqualified from running for NA or senate election or the next 5 years if found guilty of contempt of court. After a few PP jiyalas commit political suicide this way, it is likely that Zardari will lose support within his party.

Saudi Arabia
Unnecessary further waste of time and money of poor 180 million Pakistanis. Time to put a neutral PM under interim government and call for new elections. Political games must stop now to avoid nationwide riots and bloodshed already starting. May get out of hand of minimum law enforcement Pakistan has.

Pervaiz Lodhie
Sheikh Rashid has described it very well: The PM house is now the slaughterhouse of politicians. One by one, they will be slaughtered while protecting the looted wealth of Zardari - shame shame shame !

Abid Ali Khan
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