Capital Talk – 22nd June 2012 [Pakistan's 17th Prime Minister Live updates]
Hamid Mir Capital Talk – 22nd June 2012 Part 1.Pakistan’s 17th prime minister: Live updates.
Raja Pervez Ashraf Pakistan 17th Prime Minister in National Assembly Live updates – 22nd June 2012
New prime minister to be elected during National Assembly session.
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly session to elect the 17th prime minister of Pakistan is due to begin shortly.
The three shortlisted candidates for the post include Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Raja Pervez Ashraf, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam’s (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) Sardar Mehtab Abbasi.
All coalition parties, after meeting the ruling PPP, had unanimously decided to vote for Ashraf, however, the JUI-F chief refused to withdraw himself as a candidate.
Read brief profiles of the candidates here
Express News reports that Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that he will not be supporting any other party because no one supported him.
PPP sources have said that the new prime minister and the cabinet will take oath tonight.
Five members of the PML-Q Like-Minded group are also attending PML-N’s parliamentary party session.
Express News correspondent Muhammad Bilal reported that Ashraf, on arrival in the National Assembly, avoided media questions regarding the ongoing energy crisis and regarding writing a letter to Swiss authorities in NRO verdict implementation case.
A parliamentary session of the PML-N is currently underway under the chairmanship of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who is also the Leader of the Opposition.
All three candidates, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Mehtab Abbasi and Maulana Fazlur Rehman, have arrived in the National Assembly.
Sources say that JUI-F might not cast votes during the prime minister elections in the National Assembly.
A parliamentary party session of PPP and coalition parties is underway.
During the session, the coalition parties decided to vote for PPP’s candidate Ashraf.