Shehbaz set to be elected prime minister today


ISLAMABAD: As the National Assembly convenes moment (on Monday) to handpick high minister after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chairman Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf vice president Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday filed their nomination papers, the PTI seems divided over its quondam decision of en masse adoptions by its lawgivers.

While the press divisionde-notified 52 members of the civil press — 25 civil ministers, four ministers of state, four counsels to the PM and 19 special sidekicks to the PM — after the major vote of no- confidence by the common opposition againstex-premier Imran Khan, Mr Sharif having bright chances to make it to the top niche said the new press would be formed only after discussion with all abettors.

As the PTI core commission remained indecisive in a meeting chaired by Mr Khan on Sunday whether to go for en masse adoptions of MNAs or not, the party president called the administrative party meeting at the Parliament House at 12 noon on Monday to make a final decision. Whether Mr Qureshi will dispute the election for the premiership or will abdicate along with other MNAs of the PTI and its abettors depends on the outgrowth of the PTI administrative meeting.

Still, the PTI decided to give a tough time to the forthcoming government through road demurrers if the PML-N won the contest in the congress for which voting would begin at 2 pm.

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On the other hand, Mr Sharif met the leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam and bandied the political situation. While all the parties kept their cards near to casket about the composition of the new press, sources said PPP leader Naveed Qamar was the strongest seeker for the niche of National Assembly speaker, PML-N leaders Marriyum Aurangzeb and Rana Sanaullah could get the portfolios of information and interior ministries, independently.

Nomination papers accepted

Before in the day, the PML-N and PTI came face to face formerly again when Mr Sharif and Mr Qureshi reached the Parliament House in separate groups comprising elderly leaders of the two parties and submitted their nomination papers to the National Assembly clerk.

On the occasion, Mr Qureshi and Babar Awan came involved in an altercation with PML-N leaders Zahid Hamid and Atta Tarar.

The elderly PTI leaders submitted expostulations against Mr Sharif stating that the ultimate was querying election on the day of his anticipated charge in a plutocrat laundering case. They were of the opinion that he didn’t earn to be the new PM due to his “ involvement” in corruption cases.

Responding to these allegations, Mr Tarar said since Mr Sharif hadn’t been condemned in any case, his nomination couldn’t be rejected simply on the base of allegations. Mr Hamid reminded the PTI leaders that nomination could be rejected only on the grounds mentioned in the Constitution and Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly-2007 under which the seeker for the office of PM must be a Muslim, an MNA and hand of the seeker and his proposer and seconder must be genuine.

On this, the NA clerk accepted the nomination paper of both Mr Sharif and Mr Qureshi.

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