Prime minister candidates: Enter Maulana Fazl, Kaira

Published: June 21, 2012
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Three PPP candidates, one each from JUI-F and PML-N file nomination papers. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Three PPP candidates, one each from JUI-F and PML-N file nomination papers. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The race for the next prime minister has taken an interesting turn, with three members of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) filing nomination papers and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) also fielding their own candidate. The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) candidate has also filed nomination papers.

Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Qamar Zaman Kaira and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf filed their nomination papers for the PPP.  JUI-F chief Maualana Fazlur Rehman and PML-N’s Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi have also filed their nomination papers.

An Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Magistrate had earlier issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Makhdoom Shahabuddin.

The speaker will scrutinise the nominations in the presence of the candidates, their proposers and seconders within an hour after the nominations are filed to her office.

Voting for the new prime minister will take place at 5:30 pm on Friday.

In brief remarks at the national assembly, Shahabuddin showcased his loyalty by thanking Zardari and extending greetings to members of the PPP on the birthday of his late wife.

“I am thankful from the bottom of my heart (to Zardari),” he told reporters.

“Today is a special day because it is Benazir Bhutto’s birthday and I send my congratulations on this birthday to all party workers,” he added.

The Awami National Party (ANP) has announced its support for PPP candidate Makhdoom Shahabuddin and says that all 13 party representatives will vote for him on Friday.

The unanimous decision was taken during a parliamentary party session in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday.

Also speaking to the media separately, the JUI-F chief said that his party was aware of their numbers in the assembly, but the PPP and PML-N should think over their decisions. He added that the current condition of the PPP could push the country towards a martial law.

Both Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) have been in talks with coalition and opposition parties. The PML-N has reached out to other parties in Parliament to garner support against the ruling party.

Under the Constitution, only a Muslim member of the National Assembly can contest for the office of prime minister, and has to be elected by a majority of the 342-member lower house of parliament, which comes to 172 votes. The PPP-led coalition enjoys a comfortable majority to secure the votes for its candidate to get elected.

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Reader Comments (74)

  • Ali
    Jun 21, 2012 - 1:33PM

    Greedy got.

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  • Much Amused
    Jun 21, 2012 - 1:36PM

    What a joke. This all what Pakistan needs. lol.

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  • Hunter punter
    Jun 21, 2012 - 1:40PM

    Good move. He had requested US ambassador to use their good offices to make him PM!!
    He looks impressive in that colourful turban!!

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  • Ahmad
    Jun 21, 2012 - 1:46PM

    Oh, no!!!

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  • AntiKingClass
    Jun 21, 2012 - 1:48PM

    LOL…

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  • corrupt king (PAK)
    Jun 21, 2012 - 1:49PM

    another joke, better elect him as minister for diesel affairs .

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  • blaaaaah
    Jun 21, 2012 - 1:52PM

    I would rather die than see him as our prime minister!

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  • amin
    Jun 21, 2012 - 1:53PM

    Make hay when the sun shines. Well done Maulana.

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  • Truth be told
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:01PM

    We are not lucky enough to have respectable Moulana as PM.

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  • KM
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:12PM

    Does a Pakistani even know what is happening on their fates. Or do they think that vote is just another sellable commodity?

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  • ukp
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:20PM

    Maulana knows very well he cant be elected, he has to stand with PPP but cant be seen doing it, so he presents himself as candidate, ensuring the votes that would have gone against PPP candidate are now out of equation at same time he can claim see i didn’t support the PPP candidate. Just like PML – N did at presidential election time :)

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  • Jat
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:25PM

    @blaaaaah: You better contact Rs 100/- lawyer for making your will. You don’t have much time.

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  • Mudasar Ikram
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:25PM

    Dont we have any professional or technocrate to run affairs efficently. Politicians dont have the capability to get out from this mess…

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  • Hamid
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:26PM

    Curtains are unavailing “enjoy a new drama”

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  • H.A. Khan
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:27PM

    I am seriously worried if this is the calibre of candidates who aspire to be the PM of a nation with population of over 200 million.
    What is the future of Pakistan?

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  • Citizen .
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:29PM

    You cannot be serious ! :S

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  • maestro
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:41PM

    How about ALL OF THEM retire from politics altogether if they really want to save the country!!

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  • Larki Desi
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:42PM

    anything can happen in Pakistan and why not we are a democracy and there is freedom of speach so by all means majority rules. I may not agree with his policies but hey thats what democracy is all about.

    larkidesi

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:45PM

    In comes, the most eligible bachelor in town: Maulana Fazl.

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  • sane voice
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:56PM

    Probably the best and the most opportunist person in the history of Pakistani Politics.

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:59PM

    Ya Allah.. what’s happening with us, this guy Kaira doesn’t deserve to be our PM.. he doesn’t have that worth at all.

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  • Rana
    Jun 21, 2012 - 3:03PM

    shamelessly yours,

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  • Tch tch
    Jun 21, 2012 - 3:05PM

    Diesel Zindabad!!!

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  • xohaib hassan
    Jun 21, 2012 - 3:06PM

    oh God! this is real torture.

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  • Rahmat Khan
    Jun 21, 2012 - 3:06PM

    He is black spot on the face of Religious Parties. He can do everything for his personal gain.

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  • Big Rizvi
    Jun 21, 2012 - 3:21PM

    I want Gilani back!

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  • Nawazish Saghir
    Jun 21, 2012 - 3:23PM

    All the 3 PPP candidates have done corruption.

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  • azaz khan
    Jun 21, 2012 - 3:27PM

    A person who has an arrest warrant are in race of prime minister. what a country and what a people.

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  • PhD_Norway
    Jun 21, 2012 - 3:33PM

    but the PPP and PML-N should think
    over their decisions. He added that
    the current condition of the PPP could
    push the country towards a martial
    law.

    good for nothing Mulana using the same argument which PPP and PMLN using to oppress people of Pakistan, either WE or Martial Law

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  • Rahmat Khan
    Jun 21, 2012 - 3:39PM

    @blaaaaah:
    Almighty give you long life. Please pray for those compel us to think like this.

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  • leila rage
    Jun 21, 2012 - 3:42PM

    God spare us!

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  • bhai
    Jun 21, 2012 - 3:43PM

    disgusting!!

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  • Jun 21, 2012 - 3:58PM

    Mr.Noor alam khan from Peshawar or syed mustafa kamal of karachi… might be the reasonable choices from treasury benches

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  • Greens
    Jun 21, 2012 - 4:05PM

    In fact JUI MNAs know Mulana cannot win but they nominated him LOL Mulana has to re-think what his party joking with him.

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  • Dont Care Anymore
    Jun 21, 2012 - 4:19PM

    Changing faces does not change the system.
    There is no shortage of people who are loyal to system of corruption, oft refered to as ‘Jamhooriat’.

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  • Manzoor Ahmed Khan
    Jun 21, 2012 - 4:21PM

    People who were after Gilani will regret it now…

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  • Mawali
    Jun 21, 2012 - 4:29PM

    This, may not be such a bad idea. Fringe has to be brought to the center and allowed to participate in the running of a Government. To sweeten the deal entrust the colorful Maulana with issues of law and order especially curbing terrorism. Hold him to it!

    Do not let him get anywhere near the ministry of religious affairs, womens issues and rights for minorities. Cursing and shooting at innocents bystanders as a remedy to eliminate terrrorism will not work. Or well,……………

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  • Rana
    Jun 21, 2012 - 4:39PM

    PPP needs to shuffle its rotten eggs carefully before putting them into the game!Recommend

  • jibran
    Jun 21, 2012 - 4:55PM

    Interestingly, the mobs attacking public property under the guise of demonstrations against load shedding have all of a sudden become quiet. Speaks volumes about the collusion of PML-N.

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  • imposter
    Jun 21, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Our next Prime Minister. I hope!

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  • Naeem Khan Ks.
    Jun 21, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Please God, NO NO NO NO NO.

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  • Lofted Shot
    Jun 21, 2012 - 5:34PM

    As if they’re playing Kanchay (marble balls) in drawing room. You all made Pakistan a Joke

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  • Ali
    Jun 21, 2012 - 5:47PM

    Why dont Mustafa Kamal….

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  • ali
    Jun 21, 2012 - 5:54PM

    my vote is for RAJA jee…so that we can end load shedding in dec…not dont know the year…hahahaha…

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  • F Khan
    Jun 21, 2012 - 6:12PM

    I am for Rehman Malik for PM….

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  • Irshad Khan
    Jun 21, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Farooq Sattar, Haider Abbas and Mustafa Kamal are best for the post of PM; But they will never be considered as they do not have support from Jagirdars and money minters of this country.

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  • shak
    Jun 21, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Makhdum Shahabuddin deserves it, he has just added a new medal to his resume. What better way to replace a corrupt PM with another potentially corrupt leader.

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  • claude
    Jun 21, 2012 - 6:38PM

    Very orignal and innovative approach for choosing a Prime minister. Looks like the closest example is switzerland where Prime ministers functions are delivered by senior ministers by rotation. Pakistan can have 4-5 probable PM’s on hand. As soon as Supreme court sends a demand to one of them to write to Swiss, he steps aside and another takes over. CJ will never know who is going to be PM next day or week and can never get the notification delivered.

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  • dr j tipu
    Jun 21, 2012 - 6:38PM

    just look at the names of PPP walaahs lolol…………………..

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  • Hi There
    Jun 21, 2012 - 6:52PM

    From that list I would choose Qamar Zaman Kaira

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  • faraz
    Jun 21, 2012 - 7:06PM

    Dont we want Islamic system run by Molana Sahib?

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  • Ali Yaqoob
    Jun 21, 2012 - 7:23PM

    From that list, I will go with Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Atleast he is not from PPP or PML N

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  • Ghalib
    Jun 21, 2012 - 7:40PM

    where is Amin Faheem. he was hot candidate for premiership in 2008. no one even considering him now. why?

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  • afaqg8
    Jun 21, 2012 - 8:24PM

    Fazlur Rehman! hahahahaahahaahahahahaaRecommend

  • Alam
    Jun 21, 2012 - 9:11PM

    Latest PPP candidate for PM who has corruption cases in SC (power plant/property in UK) can some one enlighten us “is it possible to be a candidate for PM seat when a person is under going corruption cases”?Recommend

  • Imran Con
    Jun 21, 2012 - 9:21PM

    The comments show that nobody really knows what they want and they think just randomly kicking people out and crossing their fingers is going to get the job done.

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 21, 2012 - 9:40PM

    From all the comments – A great deal of worry and sensitivity is very obvious about the future of Pakistan. Did anyone of the posters (including myself) ever asked our elected representatives about what are they doing in this situation. How are they going to represent the feelings of their voters? Why did not you as my leader and representative raise any voice angainst the choice of corrupt mafia?

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 21, 2012 - 9:54PM

    We don’t have anybody with Clean RECORD??

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  • John
    Jun 21, 2012 - 10:05PM

    If PPP did not have a decent PM candidate better go for someone like Mustafa Kamal. Lets give youth the chance to make this country prosperous. Electing people like Maulana would be the worst for this country.

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  • Khalid
    Jun 21, 2012 - 10:29PM

    The calibre of the candidates represent the calibre of the nation whom they represent. After all it is the awam who elected these leaders and will do so again in the next election too.

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  • kaalchakra
    Jun 21, 2012 - 10:48PM

    Although not the biggest fan of the Maulana, any Muslim is better than a secular person. PPP has demonstrated that they are full of crooks.

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  • JAmal
    Jun 21, 2012 - 11:17PM

    4 months remaining no other parties are in position to deal with the current zigzag situation of of the time!Recommend

  • idiot_gee
    Jun 21, 2012 - 11:30PM

    Enjoy Euro2012. Great quarter final matches coming up! As it pertains to Pakistan and what goes on tomorrow; Allah key marzi! Nahi?

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  • usmanx
    Jun 21, 2012 - 11:32PM

    its funny how some of the first commenters are indians… will they be involved in our municipal elections too?

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  • Baziite
    Jun 21, 2012 - 11:43PM

    Baziite : ppp should withdraw all candidates under protest and invite maulana to join the govt and even to become prime minister . It will form a 2/3 rd majority govt who can make any ammendment to fix the pakistani system once for all .

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  • Baziite
    Jun 22, 2012 - 12:01AM

    maulana will also provide the missing link for balauchistan : may be pml(n) should also withdraw their candidate to provide for a unanimously elected PM

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  • Zalim Singh
    Jun 22, 2012 - 12:28AM

    101 people actually voted for Fazlu Diesel, a true LOL moment.

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  • Pollack
    Jun 22, 2012 - 12:31AM

    Imran will deliver milk and honey through water taps and Maulana Diesel will deliver holy water from zamzam well through the water tap. Take your pick.

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  • PPP
    Jun 22, 2012 - 12:58AM

    Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) used to give responsible posts to those who were most reluctant to take them.

    What a greedy, non-responsible, non-accountable lot we have here. Ready to collect the spoils in the last 6 months of the tenure!

    Keep sleeping Pakistan – All is well.

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  • Asif
    Jun 22, 2012 - 2:37AM

    @maestro:

    For that you need to be in possession of a drone and wait for a full parliament session

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  • Jun 22, 2012 - 5:47AM

    Excellent choice to represent Pakistan overseas especially! The world will finally have had enough with Pakistan with a Taliban Mullah as its Semi-Great Leader!

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  • Jan Muhammad
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:03AM

    @Rehmat Khan, Religious parties are all black spots on Pakistan, so Molana’s black spot will not be visible.

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  • Col Imtiaz
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:38AM

    oh no

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  • m anees khan
    Jun 22, 2012 - 2:10PM

    yar why you rae blaming maulana sb. have you give him one chance.to be precise, have their been any islamic government in pakistan since 1947. you have tried pml, ppp,and dictatorz, and they made a mess of country. i cant undersatnd, whats the problem with people. they are fond of balming and criticizing islamic people. you people select them, then why criticizing… we people are sole responsible for all thinngs…. better see your deeds…

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