ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties held a meeting today (Monday) to make consensus over a joint candidate for the slot of Prime Minister following the disqualification on ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
However, the sitting ended inconclusive as the opposition parties could not decide name of a single candidate to field it against the PML-N nominee Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
According to our correspondent, the meeting, chaired by Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah today, will resume tomorrow; however, the opposition has a little chance of securing enough votes in the 342-seat house.
On the other hand, PPP has nominated Syed Khursheed Shah and Naveed Qamar as it candidates; PTI has nominated Sheikh Rashid Ahmed while MQM has nominated Sheikh Salahuddin separately.
All three parties have submitted separate nomination papers of their candidates, a day before election of the PM in National Assembly.
The ruling party named Shahbaz Sharif as Nawaz Sharif’s successor, but he must first enter parliament by contesting the seat left vacant by his brother.
PML-N, which enjoys a majority in parliament, has nominated ex-oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister. Abbasi has contacted all PML-N allies including JUI-F to get support in the house.
Shahbaz Sharif — who is chief minister of the country’s most populous province of Punjab — has so far been unscathed by the corruption allegations engulfing his brother’s family.
Fresh elections would be held in Nawaz Sharif’s former constituency, in the family’s power base in Punjab, in a process that could take up to 45 days.
Abbasi is set to be rubber-stamped as placeholder in the parliamentary vote. After taking oath, the new PM will constitute the federal cabinet. – Samaa/AFP
Story first published: 31st July 2017