MQM-P throws weight behind Khaqan Abbasi for PM seat

Published: August 1, 2017
MQM leader Farooq Sattar. PHOTO: INP

MQM leader Farooq Sattar. PHOTO: INP

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) announced supporting Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in elections today for the coveted prime minister’s seat.

“We have decided to support Abbasi after conducting an internal meeting here in Islamabad,” MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar said while talking to the reporters in the capital city before the elections.

“We pray and hope that Abbasi will address issues faced by the countrymen no matter which region they belong to. All MQM leaders will today vote for him,” he added.

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The PML-N leader vying for premiership welcomed MQM’s decision and said he would address all their leaders’ reservations.

Sattar in his media talk raised the issues faced by Karachiites because of local government’s lack of power. He also urged the PML-N leaders to help them safely recover their missing persons.

Another PML-N leader, Saad Rafique, was also present during the presser and said his party did not want MQM support just for the election but it wants to maintain close ties with the Urdu-speaking community of Karachi.

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In wake of the recent ouster of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister of Pakistan, the National Assembly is all set to elect the new chief executive of the country today (Tuesday).

“The National Assembly, at its meeting to be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, shall, to the exclusion of any other business, proceed to elect without debate one of its Muslim members to be the prime minister,” said a press release issued by the NA Secretariat on Saturday.

On the same day the ruling PML-N nominated former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim premier until Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif becomes eligible to take over by winning a parliamentary by-election expected within two months.

Abbasi is set to be rubber-stamped as placeholder in the parliamentary vote as the opposition failed to reach a consensus on a joint candidate which leaves six hopefuls, including Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Khursheed Shah, Naveed Qamar, Kishwer Zehra and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, in the race for the slot.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Dishoom
    Aug 1, 2017 - 3:21PM

    These guys are never gonna change. Opportunists. Recommend

    Aug 1, 2017 - 3:40PM

    The cat comes out of the bag now it is clear who is behind MQM-P obviously former prime minister has played a vital role to support Farooq Sattar in forming his new party. Meanwhile it is unclear what PML-N offered to Karachi based party for their support as both the parties tight lipped over their un natural support to each other in electing Abbasi as a new premier.Recommend

  • RF
    Aug 1, 2017 - 9:53PM

    Seems like MQM-P leaders’ names are also in Panama papers. Recommend

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