JUI-F backs Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for PM seat

Published: July 31, 2017
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. PHOTO: INP/File

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. PHOTO: INP/File

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Monday that his party would back Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) candidate, for the prime minister’s slot.

The JUI-F leader was speaking to reporters after a holding a parliamentary meeting of  his party to discuss the August 1 election for the successor of Nawaz Sharif who was disqualified by the Supreme Court on Friday from holding any public office.

Rehman, whose party is an ally of the ruling PML-N, said the JUI-F would support its coalition partner and major major changes in the new cabinet were unlikely.

He said it was necessary for Pakistan’s progress and stability that all institutions of the country were on the same page.

With the opposition parties in the parliament failing to reach a consensus on a joint candidate for the PM’s seat, there are six names in the race for the slot.

Opposition parties fail to agree on a joint candidate for PM slot

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz  has named Shehbaz Sharif as the successor of the ousted prime minister and nominated former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as an interim premier. Abbasi filed his nomination papers on Monday.

From the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) side, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the Awami Muslim League chief, has submitted his papers.

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has refused to back the PTI candidate and its leaders, Khursheed Shah, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, and Naveed Qamar have filed their nomination papers.

Kishwar Zehra and Sahibzada Tariqullah of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan and the Jamaat-e-Islami respectively too are running for the seat.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Dipak
    Aug 1, 2017 - 1:05AM

    Maulana, Teri dadhi se ek chuha nikal aur unko PM bana do.Recommend

  • Gopal
    Aug 1, 2017 - 6:05AM

    Mullah Fazlur,…owner of JUI-F is a billionaire.
    The Public needs to know how he got the billions.Recommend

  • S.Zaidi
    Aug 1, 2017 - 7:53AM

    One needs to learn from him: politics without principalsRecommend

  • Raghu
    Aug 1, 2017 - 10:30AM

    They should rename their party to PMLNJUIF

    Becuase they are blind followers of Nawaz.Recommend

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