Pakistan People’s Party has named Makhdoom Shahabuddin, its MNA from south Punjab as the new Prime Minister. The voting for the new Leader of the House will be held on Thursday. The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of senior PPP leaders held at Aiwan-e-Sadr late Tuesday night.
President Asif Ali Zardari was in chair.
Shahabuddin had yesterday emerged as a strong contender for the post of premier. He has held several portfolios in Gilani’s cabinet since 2008. Besides, the top leadership of the PML-Q, a key ally of the PPP, were opposed to the candidature of former Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar due to political rivalries in Punjab, sources said.
During a revamp of Gilani’s cabinet in February last year, Shahabuddin was tipped to be sworn in as the Foreign Minister. However, the party changed its plans after Shah Mahmood Qureshi skipped the swearing-in ceremony on learning that he would not be reallocated the Foreign Ministry.
Like Gilani, Shahabuddin belongs to a spiritual family that is revered and is the custodian of the mausoleum of the Sufi saint Shah Rukn-e-Alam.
Earlier, the coalition partners had authorized President Asif Ali Zardari to nominate the next Prime Minister, decided the meeting of Pakistan People’s Party and its allies here on Tuesday.....
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