Meet the new prime minister: Raja Pervez Ashraf

Published: June 22, 2012
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Raja Pervez Ashraf declared new prime minister with 211 votes. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Raja Pervez Ashraf declared new prime minister with 211 votes. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: PPP stalwart Raja Pervez Ashraf has been declared the new prime minister of Pakistan after the members of the National Assembly convened to vote for the new premier on Friday. Ashraf won the elections by 211 votes.

Ashraf’s competing candidate Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, from Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) lost with 89 votes. Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam’s (JUI-F) Fazlur Rehman was the third candidate, but he withdrew his nomination as soon as the National Assembly session began.

According to sources, Ashraf is expected to take oath as the prime minister later tonight, and the new cabinet will consist of the same members as the previous one.

Read an analysis of Ashraf’s election as prime minister here, and a timeline of Pakistan’s prime ministers here. To read a brief profile of Ashraf, click here.

End of live updates

7:34pm

Members of National Assembly as well as President Asif Ali Zardari congratulate Ashraf on becoming the new prime minister. Ashraf expected to take oath later tonight.

MNAs shower rose petals on Ashraf during the session.

7:30pm

Counting of votes concludes. Raja Pervez Ashraf declared new prime minister with 211 votes.

Mehtab Abbasi got 89 votes.

7:24pm

All votes have now been cast. Faisal Saleh Hayat of the PML-Q was the last MNA to cast a vote. Hayat, who had earlier said that he will not be a minister if Raja Pervez Ashraf becomes the prime minister, voted for Ashraf, Express News reported.

Counting of votes has begun.

7:10pm

PML-Q parliamentary leader Faisal Saleh Hayat refuses to cast his vote, while Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has requested him to do so, reported Geo News.

Express News, however, reports that all PML-Q members are casting their votes.

7:08pm

Geo News reports that the opposition has begun chanting slogans of “What was the price?” in the National Assembly. The slogans are apparently targeting Maulana Fazlur Rehman over his withdrawal.

Raja Pervez Ashraf is going up to the seated MNAs in order to greet them. He has also met the MNAs of the ruling party and the opposition.

6:53pm

According to sources, members of the previous cabinet will continue to serve as ministers in the new cabinet.

Sources claim that Pervaiz Elahi will be made a senior minister, and he will be the only PML-Q member to take oath as a minister.

6:45pm

Voting has begun in the National Assembly.

Those members voting in favour of Raja Pervez Ashraf have been asked to proceed to Lobby A (right side of the speaker) and those in favour of Mehtab Abbasi to Lobby B (on the left side).

Express News correspondent reports that the Speaker has ordered that all doors of the hall be shut.

6:38pm

Maulana Fazlur Rehman announced that his party will not vote in the prime minister elections due to the current political scenario. “We are withdrawing our nomination.”

6:37pm

After the speaker briefed the assembly on the procedure of the elections and how all MNAs will cast their votes, Maulana Fazlur Rehman was given another chance to speak.

6:35pm

Maulana Fazlur Rehman appealed to the Speaker to adjourn the session, but PPP leader Naveed Qamar said that according to tradition, a normal session can be adjourned, but this was not a “normal session”. As soon as Qamar said that today’s session was not a normal one, all other MNAs laughed and sneered at him.

Speaker decided to continue with the session. “It is a very important session. We will go ahead with it.”

6:31pm

PML-Likeminded leader Humayan Akhtar announced that six Likeminded members will not attend the NA session.

6:28pm

The National Assembly session, chaired by Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, has begun.

PML-N has support from five PML-Q likeminded members, announced Chaudhry Nisar, and added that the party will try its best to win the elections.

Earlier, PPP MNA Syed Nasir Ali Shah had said that he will boycott the National Assembly session.

6:23pm

Sources tell Geo News that PML-Likeminded will boycott the prime minister elections.

Express News correspondent Khalid Mehmood reports that PML-N has still not decided whether it wants to attend the NA session or not. Some PML-N members want to boycott the session or stage a protest, while others are willing to attend it, Mehmood further reported.

6:15pm

Geo News reports that the family of Raja Pervez Ashraf has also arrived at the National Assembly.

PML-N’s parliamentary party session comes to an end.

6:13pm

Ashraf meets National Assembly members who congratulate him on his nomination.

Qamar Zaman Kaira and Makhdoom Shahahuddin have withdrawn their nomination papers.

6:03pm

Express News reports that Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that he will not be supporting any other party because no one supported him.

6:00pm

PPP sources have said that the new prime minister and the cabinet will take oath tonight.

Five members of the PML-Q Like-Minded group are also attending PML-N’s parliamentary party session.

5:57pm

Express News correspondent Muhammad Bilal reported that Ashraf, on arrival in the National Assembly, avoided media questions regarding the ongoing energy crisis and regarding writing a letter to Swiss authorities in NRO verdict implementation case.

A parliamentary session of the PML-N is currently underway under the chairmanship of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who is also the Leader of the Opposition.

5:51pm

All three candidates, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Mehtab Abbasi and Maulana Fazlur Rehman, have arrived in the National Assembly.

5:40pm

Sources say that JUI-F might not cast votes during the prime minister elections in the National Assembly.

5:34pm

A parliamentary party session of PPP and coalition parties is underway.

During the session, the coalition parties decided to vote for PPP’s candidate Ashraf.

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Reader Comments (87)

  • imran
    Jun 22, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Go Rental Raja!!

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  • Mazi
    Jun 22, 2012 - 5:42PM

    The Selection of Most black sheep has begunRecommend

  • KB
    Jun 22, 2012 - 5:47PM

    ‘Democracy is the best Revenge’ – If you didn’t believe this, Raja Rental has come back to prove this.

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  • Ali
    Jun 22, 2012 - 5:51PM

    what a farce party PPP is..! still they will keep on playing the liberal , democratic card . Sham!

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  • Hammad
    Jun 22, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Why didn’t ANP put up a candidate? It’s not like he would win, but neither can Molvi , but that doesn’t stop him.Recommend

  • AB
    Jun 22, 2012 - 5:56PM

    May we please also know, how many and what ministries are going to coalition partners in Rental’s first cabinet ?Recommend

  • MAM
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:14PM

    What a shame – the Minister who cannot resolve the Electricity crisis has been nominated for the top slot – jeay democracy…

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  • Hairaan
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:15PM

    @AB:
    This is all what they have been working out in the PRESIDENCY since last few days.

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  • Ahmed sifddiqui
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:17PM

    We want…we want….the maulana …the maulana. Seriously, he is closer to the true Islamic beliefs of our people. And as a democracy he represents people ‘s views closer than any other fake secular handy-dandy politician.Recommend

  • Ordinary-pakistani
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:22PM

    SC has sent reference to NAB against Raja. Can NAB stop his election?

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  • Always Learning
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:25PM

    If anyone could outdo Gilani in corruption and bad management, PPP has found that man. We may look back at Gilani’s coruption and blunders as a ‘golden period’ given what is to come. Lets hope he does not try to focus too much on energy or we will lose the remaining four hours of electricity also.

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  • a&a
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:26PM

    @MAM:
    Electricity load shedding was started in great general Zia ul Haq era, since then nobody done any thing serious about it.

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  • Farooq
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:27PM

    vote for most corrupt PM, the looters are here . geo dakoocracy

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  • Dare2Speak
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Are these three free from allegations? Recommend

  • zain
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:36PM

    Can’t believe we will have RAJA ASHRAF as our PM. A sad day for Pakistan!

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  • Naeem
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:43PM

    The live circus is ON!

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  • Naeem
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:45PM

    Maulana Fazlur Rehman realises the “current political situation” at the last minute! Recommend

  • Very 1
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:47PM

    I love the J cards. Lol. The ET editors say a lot of cool things without words. World class!

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  • Oopsie!
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:52PM

    even MQM backing Raja – buaha. You scratch my back, I scratch Yours!

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  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 22, 2012 - 6:58PM

    @Hammad: ANP, MQM and PMLQ are Coalition Partners and are actually in the government so that is why they cannot bring their own candidates as Raja Pervaiz is their Candidate as well. I mean MQM, ANP and PMLQ are partners in crime with PPP for bringing forth Raja Pervaiz for this Post.

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  • Jun 22, 2012 - 7:31PM

    @ People,

    Its easy to record your protest and anger on forum and sitting in front of tv. Nation need to wake up and protest infront of the parliament.

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  • Baghi-3
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:33PM

    @Naeem:
    And here comes the main actor out. He is Raja!

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  • Hamza
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:35PM

    My prime minister is Raja Pervaiz Ashraf ?? Seriously ?

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  • A. Khan
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:35PM

    My god, we do have a tendency to go from bad to worse and in dramatically quick fashion.

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  • logic europe
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:35PM

    Congradulatio to prme minister of pakistan

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  • yaz
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:36PM

    I miss Gilani already :(

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:38PM

    Raja Rental’s stars are going very bright.

    After he left his previous ministry, he may be doing underground political home work to become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan.

    It’s amazing that Raja Rental who could not provide uninterrupted electricity to people of Pakistan has now become the Prime Minister. Amazing.

    May God help us in these difficult times. Ameen.

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  • Munaeem
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:38PM

    People’s leaders are responsible elected a tainted prime minister. People should not vote for these people the next elections.

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  • Mohammad Safir Tanoli
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:40PM

    bad goes worst come…

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  • ahmed
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:42PM

    the worst decision pakistanis made was to elect ppp !Recommend

  • usali
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:43PM

    raja pervaiz ashraf and zardari! a winning combination. Shakespearean tragedy.

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  • Hammad
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:43PM

    What a shame,
    People stand up for your rights and break up the shackles of biradriism and other regional ties and vote for Imran Khan

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  • Naeem
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:44PM

    PMLN gets 89 votes, so 3 of its own members did not vote for them???

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  • Arsalan Jamshed
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Mr. Raja, enjoy the summer internship at PM House.

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  • Chan Makhna
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:46PM

    Still! we are taking breaths under the load shedding

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  • Muhammad
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:47PM

    What a joke hahaha
    3 corrupt and hypocrite people standing for the PM position. Fazal ur Rehman was disappointed because he was in no position to become the PM. At the end he decided to use some political tactic and gave up for the ‘betterment of Pakistan’.

    Raja Parvaiz who was never successful in solving water and energy issues when he was a minister will now solve this issue by printing notes.

    The partners of PPP, including MQM, PML Q and ANP may have got huge sums of money. Rental people they are. It is proved that they go with the wind and without keeping in mind the interests of Pakistan. Well done lotas.

    Pakistani people, with their short term memory will be happy in some days because the power crisis will be over temporarily and they will forget the 4 pathetic years. They will again vote for the same people. As you sow so shall you reap.

    God bless Pakistan!Recommend

  • Jun 22, 2012 - 7:52PM

    Sab se gentle, Raja rental :)

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  • Pakis
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:52PM

    Enjoy!! People who supported democracy. My vote is always for Musharraf. At least economic and other conditions was much better during his time

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  • sachal sarmast
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:53PM

    Do not accept peoples mandate. people are ignorant, stupid, intellectually inferior, easily could be pushed around and not worth to vote.
    On the other hand, those trained by colonial masters and their stooges do deserve to do anything with the country and .to humiliate and rule the Pakistani subjects.

    what a shame? what a bigotry?

    Please accept the verdict of the people till the day when you convince and persuade the citizens of this wretched country to vote for you.
    please have a mercy on this country, on poor people of this country.
    Peoples Party till to date has been unable to give good governance to the country but at least they are not creating the active environment to kill the country, to pitch the people of the country against each other and to spoil them spiritually. please be merciful.

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  • Avatar
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:59PM

    worse choice for ppp

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  • Shakil
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:59PM

    Is this any kind of a joke? Oh I forgot I am in Pakistan and that’s its reality. Shame on all of us as we have elected them to govern us. ALLAH will never change one’s condition until one changes himself/herself.

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  • SM
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:01PM

    Things are going from bad to worse. Now Gilani looks acceptable compared to Raja Rental. Earlier Gilani was acceptable compared to Musharraf.

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  • Bookie
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:02PM

    the gloomiest day in the history of Pakistan. As somebody pointed from the people and for the people. I have started suspecting my credibility too!

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  • Aamir, Toronto
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Oh my God, what have we done…….Recommend

  • Muhammad Tahir
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:18PM

    I think “Raja Rental” is the most corrupt minister in Pakistan history.. and PPP is the party full of corrupt members… they have no choice other than Raja Rental…

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  • SOHAIL wahcantt
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:25PM

    From a die heart ppp voter:
    Last nail on BB’s PPP, but should not for Pakistan. Load sheding Khappay Khappy. Now easy way for Imran.

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  • ajk
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:25PM

    RPA as PM… joke of the century….

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  • ayesh_khan
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:29PM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi must be ring the day he left PPP. If he was in PPP today, he would have been the obvious choice.

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  • Mj
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:34PM

    Why didn’t PPP choose Kaira for PM? He’s a much better candidate.

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  • SM
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:35PM

    In my opinion, electing any of the curent politicans again is a mistake. We can give Imran and PTI a chance but the rest are unacceptable.

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  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:36PM

    Supreme Court (SC) disqualified the currupt PM installed by the (currupt?) Ptresident Zardari..

    Score is 1-0 between SC/Zardari. (SC/Z).

    Now the Z has installed another currupt MP. The score is 1-1.

    What will be the next move of SC?

    An interesting chess game!!

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  • kaiser Rizvi
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:41PM

    @Kaiserrizvi

    Pakistan was awarded with mass #loadshedding when Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was the minister for Water & power now he is elected PM hope for the worst this time guys …

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  • Wazim
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:46PM

    BA Paas and a pathetic Miserable Minister all time is now the Prime minister of Pak hah Recommend

  • honest
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:50PM

    DONT WORRY AFTER RAJA … RANI WILL COME.. ZARDARI has thought it through

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  • Not So Liberal
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:54PM

    PPP only want a scapegoat as SC gonna ask him the same “WRITE LETTER MR RAJA RENTAL” ………

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  • Haroon Jamal
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:57PM

    The more corrupt you are, the more you are rewarded. Shame for PPP, MQM, ANP and PML(Q).

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  • Nayab Pannun.
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:58PM

    Ashamed of having such corrupt PMs one after another!!

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  • Noman Hassan
    Jun 22, 2012 - 9:04PM

    PPP is full of corrupt people. They have no neat and clean candidate. All are dirty with corruption. Allah save Pakistan from these corrupt people. Aameen

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  • Naseem Akhtar
    Jun 22, 2012 - 9:13PM

    The entire nation is worried on the selection of one more corrupt PM like Gilani. Our country is very unlucky.

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  • AINY
    Jun 22, 2012 - 9:15PM

    really a bad choice!!!

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  • Akhtar Ali
    Jun 22, 2012 - 9:22PM

    PPP is full of corrupt people. They are ruining the country. Bad choice of PPP. All the PMs of PPP in the past were corrupt including the present Pervez Ashraf.

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  • Soothla
    Jun 22, 2012 - 9:25PM

    Congratulations to our new Prime Minister.The entire nation is behind you sir.Keep well sir.

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  • Asghar Hussain
    Jun 22, 2012 - 9:29PM

    This is a dark day in the history of Pakistan. Country is facing massive corruption since last 4 years. One more corrupt PM. He has a criminal background.

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  • Ali
    Jun 22, 2012 - 9:36PM

    So Raja is raja?

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  • Naeem
    Jun 22, 2012 - 9:43PM

    The democracy is best revenge. Nomination of Raja rental is the defiance of AZ to judiciary. May Allah SWT save this country. Recommend

  • Akbar Lalani
    Jun 22, 2012 - 9:45PM

    Bad luck of Pakistan. One more corrupt PM from PPP. Shame for PPP, MQM, ANP and others voting for this corrupt person.

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  • Tch tch
    Jun 22, 2012 - 10:03PM

    LOL N leage 89 Votes with 91 Members VS 211 Votes for candidate like Raja Rental…. Nawaz should quit politics he is clueless. If he cant function in this parliament why be a part for 4 years???

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  • Rana Amjad
    Jun 22, 2012 - 10:27PM

    Congratulations Raja Sahib! Although not your fan but am very happy that democracy is taking roots in the country! No more generals please!

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  • baligh bacha
    Jun 22, 2012 - 10:33PM

    the real hero steps in the arena
    hail Raja!!!

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  • Jun 22, 2012 - 10:38PM

    I think he is just a stop gap PM… soon some1 else will take his place or elections will come

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  • ali
    Jun 22, 2012 - 10:44PM

    From Quaid-e-Azam to Raja Pervez Ashraf. What an evolution! I am both ashamed and speechless at this metamorphosis of my country.

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  • MAlik Nasir
    Jun 22, 2012 - 10:57PM

    God know when the fortune of Pakistan will change.

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  • Expatriate
    Jun 22, 2012 - 11:07PM

    This time rental power plant will not be floating at karachi harbour,instead they will airlifted by
    PIA in hundreds and installed in big cities and town of the country.Rejoice there will be no load shedding say from ……………………..(u decide the date).

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  • Saleem AHMED SHERAZI
    Jun 22, 2012 - 11:29PM

    Raja rental is not suitable for the post of PM! Bad luck of Pakistan!

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  • Kaspar
    Jun 22, 2012 - 11:37PM

    I would like to narrate a story.
    A small bird was flying in freezing weather. He soon fell and was near death when a cow passed by and defecated over him. The heat in the cow’s dung brought him back to life and he became comfortable again. Consequently, he started to stir in the filth trying to extricate himself and take to flight again. However, a cat was watching nearby. When the cat saw something stirring in the cow dung, he came near, took the bird out of the filth and promptly ate him.
    What is the moral of this story? One who throws filth on you is not necessarily your enemy. One who takes you out of the filth is not necessarily your friend.
    Are there any lessons in this story for our politicians—I leave it to the readers’—and politicians’—imagination!
    .?

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  • rafiq
    Jun 22, 2012 - 11:41PM

    curruption, commision, kick backs, bribery, so called shaheeds, swiss banks, and democracy KHAPEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY,

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  • Zalmai
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:02AM

    Meet the new boss same as the old boss…lol. Pathetic.

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  • fiza
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:38AM

    Just when we start thinking..’This is it! It cannot get any worse than this’…We are again bowled over by yet another act of stupidity from idiots sitting in the parliament…How could any sane person vote for such an incompetent being!!!!…This is truly ‘Only in Pakistan’ moment..

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  • jock
    Jun 23, 2012 - 1:24AM

    Mr Faisal Saleh Hayat…Where are you? You christened him as Raja Rental. I’ll bring the pop corns if you bring the juice!

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  • LionOfPunjab
    Jun 23, 2012 - 1:35AM

    Imran khan should have somersaulted like his lotas and join PPP. At least, temporarily, he could have been a PM. This was his best chance for sitting on kursi!

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  • Rana Tayyeb
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:20AM

    This Nation really deserve that kind of Leaders. The people who criticises PPP , PMLN , MQM or any ther political parties must think innerly. we always choose these Corrupt for our own timely GOALS. The 99.99 percent of MNA or MP’s are corrupt while they are the companions of corrupt people. If somebody dont do any corruption but he cooperate the people who do so is also CORRUPT, and whosoever vote them is also……….. (sorry its bitter but its truth). congrat the Nation that they got what they deserve.

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  • elementary
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:40AM

    He passed the test of corruption in his ministry ,king maker was amused and promoted him to the top slot. well done Rental Raja !.

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  • amjad
    Jun 23, 2012 - 3:28AM

    The Office of Presidency, and Prime Ministership in Pakstan have lost respect at home and abroad as long as they are occupied by corrupts, and inepts. This nation got the leaders, it deserves.

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  • ANON
    Jun 23, 2012 - 1:47PM

    Really we deserved this. Thanks to my fellow Pakistanis who voted for them in the first place. Keep doing that. PPP comes first, country comes second.

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  • Musa
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Congratulation winning one of the “Immunity” seat, at least for the time being SC will stay away from you honorable self.

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  • Jun 25, 2012 - 10:05AM

    another crupt prime minester will lead pakistan ladies and gentle men plese welcom the new prime minester of pakistan MR LOADSHEDING ASHRAF

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  • Anonymous
    Jun 29, 2012 - 7:37AM

    leave itRecommend

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