Coalition partners entrust Zardari to nominate next PM

Published: June 19, 2012

An emergency meeting of coalition partners was held in the Presidency on Tuesday. PHOTO: PID/FILE

ISLAMABAD: All coalition partners of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) met under the chairmanship of President Asif Ali Zardari and handed him the mandate to decide on a candidate for election as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, Express News  reported.

The emergency meeting was called after the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani ineligible to hold office. Gilani will not be a member of parliament following the verdict, and his name was also removed from the Press Information Department website.

“The Election Commission shall issue a notice of disqualification and the president is required to take necessary steps to ensure continuation of democratic process,” said Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

The election commission subsequently issued a notification declaring Gilani’s membership of the National Assembly as null and void.

The coalition partners said that since the previous Prime Minister belonged to the PPP, the next one too should be from the PPP.

Disqualified Prime Minsiter Gilani too attended the meeting.

Zardari decided to call an emergency session of the National Assembly on Thursday, June 21.

Earlier, Express News reported that Senior PPP leader Ahmed Mukhtar said that he heard the party may be nominate him for the post of prime minister.

“I’m not sure about the party’s decision but if the party considers me for the position of prime minister, I would duly serve the country,” he said.

Altaf Hussain phone call

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and President Asif Ali Zardari held a telephonic discussion over the disqualification of Prime Minister late on Tuesday.

A release said that Hussain praised the government’s decision to accept the Supreme Court verdict that disqualified Yousaf Raza Gilani as prime minister as a wise one.

Reader Comments (24)

  • Asif
    Jun 19, 2012 - 10:05PM

    Honorable President it would be in the best interest of the Nation if someone technocrat from Baluchistan is chosen to be the next PM (it’s just a suggestion). Thanks

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 19, 2012 - 10:10PM

    Coalition partners entrust Mr. Zardari to nominate next PM but I would suggest that Mr. Zardari should ask the coalition partners as who should be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan.

    If the new PM will come with the support of coalition partners, he may be able to complete the remaining tenure of PPP in the government.

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  • Muddassir
    Jun 19, 2012 - 10:11PM

    and the rein of my contry continues to be the in the hand of the most corrupt and convicted!

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  • AnIndian
    Jun 19, 2012 - 10:18PM

    So, it’s official… In the history of Pakistan, there is no PM who completed a full 5 year term…

    Is the PM post jinxed???

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  • Hairaan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 10:21PM

    Dual office is probably the main cause of the current turmoil.

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  • Truth be told
    Jun 19, 2012 - 10:26PM

    A bit less corrupt please

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  • Mirza
    Jun 19, 2012 - 10:45PM

    After so much time, and money the SC still could not topple the govt. There would only be a name change not what the PCO SC wanted. The ruling coalition can play musical chair as long as the SC judges want but at what cost? Was this much fuss worth that kind of resources and time away from all imp cases? Finally the SC would take up the more imp cases related to public interest.

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  • gold river
    Jun 19, 2012 - 11:01PM

    Ali baba and the 40 thieves

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  • Cholistan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 11:11PM

    Million dollar question is….if the next PM will write the letter or not?

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  • Ahmad
    Jun 19, 2012 - 11:16PM

    I think the parliament should be dissolved and we should have fresh election..
    This parliament has lost the confidence and trust of the people of Pakistan, It has hardly solved any of the problem nation facing, yet created thousands more..

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  • Ali tanoli
    Jun 19, 2012 - 11:40PM

    Mustafa kamal is best choice for PM…

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  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Jun 20, 2012 - 12:22AM

    well the Supreme Court order to write letter against the president remains valid. Zardari will select the most useless person in PPP ranks to be appointed as PM. Reason being, as soon as the new PM takes office, supreme court will serve him with the order to write letters to swiss authorities, which he won’t and then he will be held in contempt of court and then finally he will be disqualified and banned for five years. So now just see who zardari thinks of the most useless, scape goat material person in the his cadres!

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  • KB
    Jun 20, 2012 - 12:36AM

    In that case, might as well choose Gilani again!

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  • Atif
    Jun 20, 2012 - 12:40AM

    @Ahmad: You are 10000% right brother. We need a fresh elections now!

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  • Hairaan
    Jun 20, 2012 - 12:43AM

    @Ali tanoli:
    No jokes please.

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  • KAMRAN
    Jun 20, 2012 - 12:44AM

    Does that mean that we can have a public celebrations?

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  • DADDY
    Jun 20, 2012 - 12:46AM

    Is zardari next?

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  • Raja Islam
    Jun 20, 2012 - 1:41AM

    @Ali tanoli:
    Are you serious???

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  • Chacha Fazlu
    Jun 20, 2012 - 2:36AM

    It will be appropriate to make Pakistan a monarchy with Asif Zardari as King, Iftihar Chaudhary as Kutwal-e-Azam, and Malik Riaz as Treasurer.

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  • Jadugar
    Jun 20, 2012 - 2:47AM

    Poor PM Sacrificial Lamb for the untouchables , Well the history is full of them, The saying goes, I will totally submitt and sacrifice to him, The Lord of PPP, rather then give my sacrifice for the poor and the needy of Pakistan. Praise be to the Lord of democracy “American style”. It time you shut down such Democratic values for Pakistan

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  • Raj
    Jun 20, 2012 - 3:08AM

    @AnIndian:
    I am a Sikh and I was told by an AHMADI Muslim that no government will complete its term in Pakistan since AHMADIYAS were declared second class citizens. How true is his prophecy, I am amazed.

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  • Usman
    Jun 20, 2012 - 4:06AM

    I thought PPP was the guardian of democracy? Is entrusting one man with the decision democratic? My gut feeling, be prepared for some more ‘democratic revenge’ from PPP.

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 20, 2012 - 4:48AM

    Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and President Asif Ali Zardari held a telephonic discussion over the disqualification of Prime Minister late on Tuesday.
    No wonder these are all working together. AH may have raised his price to support AAZ.

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  • US Khawaja
    Jun 20, 2012 - 6:59AM

    Gilani was thrown away but the corruption would remain. No change will be felt. No one possesses power to stop drone attack. What will be the feeling of afia siddiqui on this verdict of SC. Are we senseless.Recommend

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